What makes a great photograph? It’s the skill; no doubt about it! It’s about the way the photograph captures passing moments of daily life and turns them into eternity.
But it’s also about the location. When talent gets combined with the perfect setting, we get powerful photographs that take one’s breath away. When you see National Geographic’s selection of the best pictures, you’ll notice talent. A lot of it. But you’ll also notice beautiful locations that set the scene for the talent to shine.
Are you independent and brave enough to take your camera on a trip? It will be wonderful! Just you and your beloved camera, capturing the essence of the most magnificent places on Earth.
New Zealand is like a real-life fairytale. From magnificent mountain peaks to mesmerizing beaches, you’ll have a lot to see and experience there. Some of the most interesting places to see are White Island, Milford Sound, Bay of Islands, and Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
But wherever you go, you’ll be amazed as long as you’re in New Zealand. And if you really want fairy-like photographs, visit the locations where The Lord of the Rings was filmed.
Have you seen the Tiger’s Nest Temple in Bhutan? If you were ever looking at photographs from amazing architecture, a photo of this place was definitely on the list. This is a monastery settled on the side of a cliff face. It will take a lot of walking and climbing for you to get there. With a heavy camera and accompanying equipment, it won’t be easy. But when you get there, you’ll know how valuable this trip to Bhutan was.
The mere sight of this temple makes you wonder: how did they ever manage to build it there? You’ll probably have another question to mind: “Can I stay?”
Bhutan is a fantasy world on its own. The entire country is full of wonderful settings for your photos.
Speaking of monasteries that make you wonder how on Earth they were built, have you seen Meteora in Greece? It’s an unbelievable location with rocks that serve as foundations of the ancient monasteries. It’s like a fantasy world that makes you feel eternal calmness when you reach it.
If you’re interested in exploring more of Orthodox Christianity, you shouldn’t miss Crete. The island has mesmerizing beaches that you can also photograph. But Crete also holds traces of early Christianity, which are quite interesting to photograph.
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. It’s located in Bolivia, a country that impresses with its unique culture and appearance. This salt flat impresses with the desert-like vibe and endless whiteness. If you need setting fur surrealistic shots, this is the best one.
Angkor Wat is one of the most photographed places on Earth. It’s amazing how so many photographs have captured the same building, but it still manages to give a unique vibe to each shot. There’s so much detail in these ruins that you’ll never get tired of photographing it.
It takes a lot of walking for you to get there, and consider that you’ll be doing it in a hot and humid environment. So dress lightly and only bring the gear you need.