“The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” Going by William Thackeray’s quote, a fabulous vacation would be nothing without pictures. When we seek to refresh our old memories, we trust pictures to help us with it. Good photography, thus, turns out to be a true game-changer on your vacation. Photography tours and photo-stop tours have been around for a while now. The later, photostop tours are popular with people who are content with just taking a picture with the backdrop of their favourite monument. It terms of gadgets, the bulky camera has been long replaced with the cellphone. You now have the option to purchase add on lens for your cellphone camera too.
FOOD TRAILS AND LOCAL MARKETS
Holding up an ice cream cone to the streets and snapping a touristy image has come a long way. Capturing food in a plate is passé; the new trend is to accentuate the monument with the local delicacy as part of the frame.
Nobelhart & Schmutzig Kitchen in Berlin
A picture of a pretzel has more value when captured with the towering Empire State Building. The fusion of travel and food photography does two things: it inspires wander lust and also sets the viewer salivating. This also helps preserve those memories long after a trip is over or a meal is finished.
Traditional Bahraini breakfast is yummy!
Whether taking full-fledged cooking courses in Bali, hiking through vineyards of France or Napa Valley in USA or Kelowna in Canada and orchards for tastings, hunting down the best urban street food in Thailand, or scouring new farmers’ markets in Europe and Australia, tourists are increasingly fanning the globe to capture more authentic food experiences through their lenses.
Chef Dane Clouston — Seasoning Moreton bay bugs in Melbourne
To discover the secret recipe, trails begin with a visit to the local market. This is the perfect place to capture the soul of the place. Apart from restaurants, local producers, farmer’s markets… even gastro pubs and brewers, provide visitors with a unique insight into the region’s lesser-known areas and offerings.
A FUSION OF WEDDING AND TRAVEL
As opposed to capturing precious memories during a honeymoon on a smart phone, couples prefer locations with iconic monuments such as the Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, European chateaus or the exotic temples of Far East, peering through give a surreal touch to the wedding photos. It is hence that more and more weddings are being held in appealing travel destinations, rather than local venues or formal settings. Years later, it is the pictures that bring these magically moments to life. Hence, special attention is given to the backdrop of these pictures.
WE WANT TO LOOK GREAT: Pre-Wedding photography is the big buck package that photographers offer to young couples at romantic destinations
Lately, adventure too is attracting many couples looking for experiences that match their interests; whether it’s snorkelling in Costa Rica, hiking in the mountains of Italy or boating on the coast of Australia, photographers are not afraid to go that extra mile to weave these interests in pictures. Even though tropical islands and beach weddings still top the list, people are now increasingly looking for unconventional locations that may surprise their guests and are not very commercialised.
A cruise wedding, for instance, is the perfect idea for all those who love the love the ocean backdrop. Apart from the wedding photography, day-after shoots are a perfect to get the perfect picture, which evokes the right emotion. Besides, it’s the ideal way to unwind and have fun together right after the wedding, which also makes for some great photos.
A PIECE OF HISTORY
The world is packed with intriguing elements, both natural and man-made. For a history buff, capturing a piece of these monuments can be an extremely fulfiling experience. The 3,000 years old pyramids of Giza have had the world curious to know how these gigantic structures were built. The pyramids of Egypt attract numerous tourists year round. This Wonder of the World serves as a perfect backdrop to capture quirky pictures.
THE SPHINX: On a history tour of Giza, take pictures of awe-inspiring monuments
For an ardent history buff, capturing the finer elements can be of great interest.It is believed that the three pyramids align with the stars and the solstice. Besides, they also contain tons of chambers that still haven’t been (and cannot be) opened. Moving towards the east, Cambodia was once the center of the Khmer Empire which ruled over most of Southeast Asia. The glorious past of this empire is eloquent through its amazing temples and buildings that now sit in ruins.
Ankor Wat, a popular temple of Cambodia, is lined with photographers who wish to capture that surreal charm during the sunrise and sunset hours. Much of Europe’s art, architecture and cultural treasures offer a chance to immerse yourself in another time period. Capture the superlative museums, monuments and landmarks or tour ancient ruins in cities of Rome, Paris and Berlin. The Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam, packs in impactful history from the World War II era. The beautiful canallined city offers a perfect mix of both— history and natural beauty, which translates into pictures too.
Capturing a rare natural phenomenon always remains a highlight of your trip. When it comes to truly unique and vibrant spectacles, nature displays the most awe-inspiring moments. Whether it’s the bioluminescence, annual migration patterns, or unique floral, these phenomena can often be devilishly tricky to predict and timing your trip to catch a glimpse is recommended.
A TOUCH OF GREEN : The many beautiful rice terraces on the mountain of Mù Cang Chai, in Vietnam makes for postcard-perfect pictures (©GettyImages)
As we move closer to spring, brightly coloured shots begin to clutter social media feeds. If you are looking at capturing surreal phenomena that are not an everyday thing, the world waits to surprise you. The fireflies in the Smoky Mountains put up a dazzling and unpredictable light show. The popular Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis need no introduction. Visible from late September to March, photography enthusiasts are ready to battle the cold winter night to capture a perfect shot of the dance of lights in the night sky. Norway, Canada and Iceland are popular to capture this unique occurrence.
Aurora Borealis framing the the snowy peak of Otertinden (©GettyImages)
River of Five Colours, Liquid Rainbow perfectly describes Colombia’s natural wonder. Flowing through northern Colombia, this stunning river has a bed of coloured aquatic-plants that provide a bright backdrop to the waters. The beaches that glow at night are another natural occurrence, which arouse curiosity. This natural phenomenon is caused by phytoplankton (a type of microalgae floating the surface of the ocean water) that glow after being disturbed by wave movements or nearby swimming fish. There are numerous beaches world over that suddenly light up.
Although, certain beaches are always lined with a bright blue glow. The Maldives is famous for shining white beaches, a diverse marine life and beaches illuminated by glowing plankton at every island.
PACK UP AND GO: Treks that are moderate, high on recommended lists and lead to a beautiful path are popular to capture the flora of the region (©GettyImages)