“Every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s,” according to 1000memories.com.
That seems a staggering thought at first, but not really all that startling when you look around at the proliferation of picture-taking gadgetry available today. On a trip to China a few years ago, I was a bit surprised to see a woman using her rather large tablet as a camera, only because of its size and her awkwardness in handling it. It seemed so cumbersome then. But our electronics have gotten smaller, faster, smarter. As the continue to evolve, they change the way we experience our world. From Facebook to family albums, we love our photos. Surprise that special photographer in your life with an amazing photo journey he or she will never forget.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
If adventure photography is on the agenda, then Australia should suite your photographer perfectly. How about photographing Sydney’s famous harbor from atop its iconic Harbor Bridge? Yes, climb stairs and catwalks never before opened to the public, and wind through a tangle of hatchways and steel girders suspended above the traffic. At the top of the bridge, he or she will climb between the arches to the summit, 134 meters/440 feet above the water and capture photos of a view of Sydney friends will envy. But that’s not all. On our new Australia’s Ancient Landscapes, go diving on the famed Great Barrier Reef, explore Daintree, the world’s oldest forest, explore Tasmania’s rugged coasts, and Australia’s deepest lake, St Clair, at Pumphouse Point. And then there is the incredible night sky filled with a billion stars. With the incredible photographic opportunities on this journey, your photographer may very likely run out of two memory cards.
Orange County Resort
Inspired in design by the tribal villages, this resort is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River. The backwaters of the Kabini are very well suited for wildlife photography, especially when the water levels recede, making the region more like an open plain rather than a tropical forest – which means an abundance of light! As you explore the area, your guide will get you to the right place at the right time to capture stunning images, such as at the Mastigudi Watchtower. You will savor encounters with Kabini’s elephants, gaur, deer, spoonbills and a host of other birds. If you are lucky, you may even meet up with a leopard or a tiger. On our 17-day South India journey, you explore the area including Nagarhole National Park.
Zarafa Camp – Photographers very welcome
Developed by National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, it is no wonder that this intimate camp with only four, luxury tents is a photographer’s dream. It is set on a private 320,000-acre reserve in one of the premier game viewing sites to be found anywhere. On it offers special incentives for photographers: Each room receives complimentary use of Swarovski HD binoculars and a professional Canon 5D camera with 28-135mm lens and 100-400mm lens. You may carry your own memory card, or photographs can be burned to CD by camp when using their loaner cards. The 6-seater 4×4 Land Cruisers are custom designed by the Jouberts to offer all-year viewing with detachable open-top and comfy bucket seats. This is the photo safari of a lifetime. Upgrade you safari in the private Selinda Game Reserve to Zarafa Camp on a Custom Botswana adventure.
Petra by Night
The 2,000-year-old Rose City was carved out of rock canyon walls. It has long been admired for its massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is compelling and incredible photogenic by day… But at night it takes on a magical glow of 1,800 candles! Travelers walk through the narrow canyon, known as the Siq, to the Khazneh following a candlelit path while you hear the enchanting and haunting music of the Bedouins. The images taken this night will last a long time. Take a step back with our Jordan: A Journey Back in Time, to experience the desert kingdoms and dramatic landscapes from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea.
The Atlas Mountain Range stretches across a northwestern stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 kilometers/1,600 miles through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. The area is well known to hikers, skiers and those interested in culture. The Berbers tribesmen have played a role on the north coast of Africa for at least 5,000 years. The Arab invasion in the seventh century forced them to assimilate or take refuge in the nearby mountains. The villages are strongholds of Berber culture, preserving their music, lifestyle, spirituality and art. Here are opportunities to delve into the rich culture found in the ancient villages and traditional communities of these ancient mountains. Morocco itself offers rich possibilities for the photographer – from the beaches of Casa Blanca to the sands of the Sahara. Create a Custom Morocco adventure that will be the talk of the photo club.