Every country in the world offers great photo opportunities for any avid photographer out there. Here is a list of Top 5 regions for if you have a specific interest in what you like to photograph. Nature – USA: With 58 national parks, 2 coast lines, 4 major mountain ranges, deserts, wetlands, and 10,000 lakes in the state of Minnesota alone, the United States reigns king of Nature photos. Taking photos of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Bryce Canyon will make you feel like Ansel Adams before you know it. If you have the time and transportation, a road trip across the U.S is a great way to capture all these wonderful places.
People – Asia: From India to Japan, the people across Asia are diverse and have very unique and distinct customs and cultures. The chaos and colors of India and Nepal will hit you the moment you step off the airplane. Chinese people in Tibet look entirely different than those in Beijing. The dances and religious ceremonies across Southeast Asia will mesmerize and captivate you. Many countries allow you to be part of their culture. You could find yourself dressed up as a Geisha, participating in a Hindu Ceremony on the Beach in Bali, or dancing in a sari in an Indian wedding.
Architecture – Europe: Getting lost along the cobblestone streets taking photos of buildings, churches, and houses will give you plenty of material to photograph. Wandering around the Neuschwanstein Castle will make you feel like Cinderella. Some other great architectural landmarks in Europe include the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Notre Dame Cathedral, Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Canals of Amsterdam, and the Charles Bridge in Prague. There is plenty of gothic, baroque and modern architecture that will offer some great photo opportunities.
Wildlife – Africa: Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Taking an African safari will give you the best animal shots of your life. If you are lucky you can see the “top 5” including lions, rhinoceroses, leopards, elephants, and buffaloes. Two great places for safaris are the Serengeti National Park in Kenya during the Great Migration and the Okavanga Delta in Botswana during the dry season. Africa also has great opportunities for under water shots including scuba diving in the Red Sea, off Madagascar, and Great White Shark Cave diving in South Africa. The zoo will never be the same.
Food – Asia: Asia has some of the best tasting and most bizarre foods you will find in the world. In Japan presentation of your food is almost as important as the taste. The spices and colors of India, Thailand, and Korea will keep your mouth tingling for hours. There are plenty of bizarre foods including candied grasshoppers in Thailand, fried tarantula in Cambodia, snake wine in Vietnam, or for the very adventurous one can search out monkey brain in China – we all remember that scene from Indiana Jones an the Temple of Doom.
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