The Bucket List: Top 12 Photo Locations

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With this weeks travel theme in our #weprintmemories photo competition, we thought we’d put together our bucket list of photo worthy locations from around the world! Here’s our top 12…

Lulworth Cove along the Jurassic Coast, England

Dorset’s Lulworth Cove is a fabulous part of the Jurassic Coast and definitely worth a visit, whatever the weather. The infamous horseshoe shape is formed due to rocks at the mouth of the cove eroding slower than rocks in the middle.

It can get very busy, so if you’d prefer to get a shot of the cove without all the tourists, be sure to visit out of peak season.

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Venice, Italy

With its beautiful colours, reflections and romantic lighting, Venice is certainly paradise for any keen photographer. If you ever plan to venture here, take essential camera equipment only, and wear comfy shoes. The canals are the roads, so unless you plan on travelling around via Gondolier, there will be a whole lot of walking involved.

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Taj Mahal, India

One of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is admired universally, and a stunning example of Mughal architecture. To capture a keeper shot, it’s best to visit early morning, giving you great lighting with less tourists.

It’s also good to know that you’re restricted to what you can take in with you. Tripods can get confiscated so probably best to leave it behind.

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The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt

The incredible great pyramid is the oldest of the seven wonders of the world, and the largest pyramid ever built. It’s thought to weigh an astounding 5.9 million tonnes and covers over 13 acres of land!

The sun here is very bright so photos can sometimes look washed out, using exposure bracketing or a filter can help get the best exposure and contrast.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

The beautiful Cinque Terre comprises five villages of carefully built terraces along the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera. The villages are surrounded by gorgeous hillsides and overlook the sea.

The most famous locations for capturing photos are Riomaggiore and Manarola. The view of these two villages from the harbour is simply stunning, with the colourful, quirky houses climbing the steep hills.

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Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø is said to be one of the best places in the world to see the infamous northern lights. Between September and March are your best chances of seeing them, although they’re near impossible to predict! Patience is key, so make yourself comfortable with a hot flask of tea, set up your tripod and hold out for the shot.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

One of the most photographed slot canyons in the South Western United States, the walls of antelope canyon were made from years of water rushing through creating that awesome rippled effect. The sunbeams peeping through the openings are a fantastic view and well worth capturing.

Do be warned, changing lenses in the canyon is a huge no no, the dust in the air is your cameras worst nightmare so choose your lens wisely before visiting.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria falls is considered to be the biggest curtain of water in the world. It’s almost 2 kilometres wide, with a depth of over 100 metres and over 500,000,000 cubic metres of water passing over the edge every minute!

One thing to prepare for here is the water spray… you’ll need sufficient protection to keep both yourself and of course your beloved camera safe and dry.

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Petra, Jordan

An incredible site long hidden from the western world, Petra was revealed by swiss explorer Johann Ludwig in 1812. The beautiful red stone structures were carved out by the nabatean civilisation, possibly as early as 312 BC.

For photographs, it’s great to create a sense of scale. Having people in the shot will help show the sheer size of the structure.

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is indeed a photographers dream, boasting ancient forests, beautiful gardens and over 2200 temples and shrines; it really is a feast for the eyes. One of the most photogenic spots is Bamboo Grove, an immaculate pathway through bamboo forest, simply magical!

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is a fabulous 15th century Inca site, 2430 metres above sea level and thought to have been built as an estate for the Inca emperor.

There’s always a crowd of tourists so patience is a must if you want to capture that magnificent, tourist free view. Also bare in mind the altitude here, pack light and take an easy incline!

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The Cenotes, Mexico

The cenotes are sinkholes in the earth’s surface. For millions of years, rainfall has washed away limestone creating a vast system of underground caves and caverns to explore, and the photos are incredible!

The best way to shoot is from dark into light to capture the awesome streams of light. There is a whole lot of darkness so you’ll benefit from increasing your cameras ISO and opening up the aperture.

 

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What did we miss? If you have somewhere special on your photo bucket list, let us know in the comments below.
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