Note: This is a guest article by Kurt Hughston. More details about him after the post.
Out of staggering 375 billion photos, shutter happy American’s snapped an estimated 80 billion digital photographs last year, a number that is expected to continue inflating in the years to come. Photographs drench our minds with worldly insight, and if technology continues expanding as projected, they will only continue to do so. You may be seeking prestige from a place like the Academy of Art Photography school, or you may just be a passionate photo-novice, but if you like travel, consider expanding your photographic repertoire to these picturesque places.
Here are the 10 Most Beautiful Places to Photograph…
Curacao is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secret.
One of the ABC islands of the lesser Antilles, this paradise offers charming port towns with architecture that dates back to 16th century, set against a canvas of pristine beaches and breathtaking native flora and fauna.
2. Paris, France
Bonjour Paris, the most romantic city in the world.
Every travel photographer should bestow himself or herself the opportunity to stroll the crepe-lined avenues of the city of lights. There’s a reason Paris has remained one of the top tourist destinations in the world for centuries- it’s phenomenal. The layout of the city is ideal for photographers, as so many famous landmarks are in such close proximity.
3. New York, New York, U.S.
The city that never sleeps, the big apple has it all.
Landmarks, people, landscapes, and culture galore. The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty exude everything it means to be American. The iconic skyline has appeared in more beloved photographs than almost any city worldwide.
4. Venice, Italy
The sinking city with water as streets offers a Mecca of beauty to any person lucky enough to traverse them.
A renaissance melting pot of history, wealth and scandal, from St. Mark’s Basilica to the Grand Canal, Venice should be a part of every traveler’s scrapbook.
5. Oregon, U.S.
Oregon has everything a nature enthusiast could dream of.
From Cannon Beach and Astoria to Mt. Hood, through the rainforest and down into the desert, Oregon is one of the few places in the world you can visit so many wonders of nature in such a short time, and the photographs that result are usually indescribable.
6. The great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The pyramids at Giza evoke some of the most triumphant times in human history.
No photographer should go without experiencing them at least once. These colossal feats are one of the premier attractions in the world. They were, after all, built for living gods, according to the Egyptians.
7. Stonehenge, England
No one knows exactly how this druid-built temple came to be, but we do know it’s a marvel of the ancient world.
The concentric design makes it a gorgeous centerpiece in almost any type of photo. With over 2,000 hectares devoted as a world heritage site, Stonehenge is a visual playground for architecture and history lovers alike.
8. Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal is the most recognized monuments in the world, not to mention one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
It’s also one of the largest gifts ever given to a woman for love, built by the sultan for his queen, it took 22-years and 20,000 workers to complete.
9. The Galapagos Islands
Darwin’s inspiration draws tourists for it’s natural beauty and surreal wildlife.
This small archipelago of islands is clustered in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and is home to extraordinary wildlife. An added bonus- the wildlife on the Galapagos is notoriously fearless, giving photographers wonderful opportunities to get up close and personal.
The wildest, most frigid place on our planet might not seem like the best spot for a photo shoot, however, the scenery and animal life is enough to melt any heart.
Antarctica has virtually no plant life, no amphibians, and no native land mammals, giving it an ethereal backdrop for a shore line that acts as a nesting paradise for many rare birds.
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What are your favorite, beautiful places to take photographs? What’s on your travel bucket list? Do share with us in the comments section below.
Author name: Kurt Hughston
About: Kurt is a freelance writer, editor and photographer. He spends most of his spare time traveling abroad and taking photos of all that surrounds him.
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