It’s one thing to photograph a beautiful landscape and it’s a whole other thing to photograph a large animal that is beautiful but extremely dangerous and possibly deadly. If you are like me you love to photograph animals in their natural habitat. In thins post I’d like to pinpoint my personal favorite locations around the world for wildlife photography.
If you ask a random person on the street what they thought the best country was to see wildlife there is a really good chance they would say Africa. We have all grown up hearing that the lion is the king of the jungle, and for good reason. There is no better place on earth to see and photograph lions in the wild than the plains of Africa.
Diversity would be a great word to describe Ecuador. The country has long been known as one of the if not the mega-diversity hotspot. From the remote jungles of the Amazon to the abundance of land and sea wildlife on the Galapagos islands, Ecuador should be towards the top of your list.
This one might be a little surprise, but Mexico is a very big country with a huge wildlife to choose from. Their biggest attraction is probably the Jaguar, which while rare and elusive are quit a sight to behold.
It’s hard to choose which animal species to focus on for North America because it’s just such a huge place. One that stick out is the cougar, also known as the mountain lion. While not as large as their African cousins, these big cats are breathtakingly beautiful.
Cold and rugged is the best way I can describe Alaska and the animals that dwell there. One of the biggest grizzly bears ever killed in history, weighing in at over one thousand pounds and standing nearly 10 feet tall resided there.
Important Things To Know
If you are going to be shooting wildlife photography then safety is always first. The animals mentioned on this list along with many more can be extremely dangerous and if you are not under the guidance of a trained professional guide, you get get into a very bad situation. Remember to keep a safe distance from them and respect their territory.
For some great tips on shooting better wildlife photos check out this great article from B&H. The video below also gives 5 more great locations to see the most amazing wildlife this world has to offer.
We have every run into a friend or family member in a location you didn’t plan on meeting and say “It’s a small world?”. Well thats not really true. The world we live in is gigantic, but people just tend to live and visit the same destinations. In this post I’ll cover some of the best places in the world to photograph this world has to offer…if you can afford to get there.
I know, Iceland might not have been your first pick for a beautiful destination but it is. Seljalandsfoss are the most famous falls in Iceland and hold a fairly high world ranking as well. The glacier water flows down the river before it plunges over the falls to a nearly 200ft drop. The falls often display breathtaking rainbows through the mist in front of the large cave that sits right behind the cave.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
I know what you are thinking, another cold destination? And the answer is yes. Towering almost 400ft above the icy waters, the Cliffs of Moher. It’s no surprise that the cliffs host 20 different species of birds that can often be seeing diving for fish and nesting in the sides of the steep cliff sides. The grass on the top of the cliffs where you would be is as green as grass can possibly be. The only remaining structure on tip of the cliffs that survived the napoleonic wars is watch tower where more tourists congregate.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
By far the most famous reef in the world for good reason, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure ever discovered that was made of living sea organisms. The reef plays host to so many different types of sea life from sea turtles, dolphins, whales and a huge species of smaller fish. This is on most scuba divers bucket list.
The obvious challenge here is actually getting to all these amazing destinations. No matter what your budget is everyone likes to get deals on travel but it can be difficult to know who to trust. Over the years I have found great advice from Nomadic Matt on how to get the best travel deals.
We all know that this list could go on and on forever. It’s important to remember in the midst of all the pain and suffering in the world that there are still natural wonders that man has not yet destroyed. For more great locations to photograph around the world check out the great video below.
Ever since the early 1800’s (1826 or 1827 to be exact) the world has been forever changed on one piece of ground breaking technology, the photograph. No longer did people have to relay on artist’s drawings and painting for reference, but finally were able to see exactly what something or some place actually looked like. Flash forward to our modern day times and we are more consumed with images than ever. In this post I’ll take a look back to the origins of travel photography that transformed the world.
The Memory Maker
As I already mentioned, the main breakthrough that photography brought to the word was the ability to capture an exact image. This allowed people all over the world to start capturing their most precious family memories to hold onto for life. This was extra special for people older in age that suffer from memory loss. With the ability to see the real person or place in a photo , they are able to remember, enjoy, and share those memories with future generations. Outside of the printing press, the photo might be one of the most import inventions ever.
How Photos Made The World Smaller
Until the invention of the photo, people learned about other places in the world by the spoken word, books, and drawings. Finally, people who lived on opposite sides of the world were able to see what each other actually looked like and what their countries looked like. As human beings we have A ever growing desire for knowledge and adventure keeping us driven to explore and document everything we can for us to enjoy and for future generations.
For a list of 10 Best Photography Museum Collections in the World, check out Expert Photography. Also, the video below gives a great recap of the history of photos and how they have changed the world.