Gone are the days of the post-holiday trip to Boots to have your camera films developed – that was always a fun ritual. Less enjoyable though was the inevitable disappointment as you sifted through your snaps, realising that none of them did justice to the stunning scenes you witnessed on your travels – but happily experience that has gone too. The digital camera is the traveller’s best friend – and at Explorer we’ve been drawing up a shortlist of the places we want to take this most artistic of companions.
- The Cornish coast: We could write a whole post on must-photograph spots in Cornwall but we’ve just about narrowed it down to a six-mile stretch of the South West Coast path: that between St Ives and Zennor. It’s a stunning walk, presenting camera-ready fields of lavender, ancient stone circles, and dramatic cliff tops overlooking basking seals and peacock-coloured seas. Celebrate your success with a pint of local ale in the welcoming Tinners Arms in Zennor.
- The London skyline at night: As you walk across Waterloo Bridge on a crisp winter’s evening, taking in the capital’s iconic shapes and structures, you’d be hard pressed to name a more beautiful city. Adjust your settings and capture St Paul’s, the London Eye, Big Ben, the leafy Embankment, the strings of lights looping along the South Bank… For an urban night-time shot, this surely has to be a prime location.
- Cinque Terre, Italy: As you feast your eyes on this rugged stretch of the Italian Riviera, you will salivate at the picture opportunities: the rainbow colours of the buildings – and the way they jostle for position as they cling to the cliff face which in turn sweeps down to the most vivid of blue seas. The food is pretty good too.
- Romance in Venice: A city unlike any other, Venice presents a magical photo frame at every turn. Take to its streets – both watery and paved – and record the faded grandeur, the haunting beauty and the graceful architecture.
- The Namib Desert: One of the most uninhabited places on Earth, this vast desert provides the most epic of subjects: sand dunes. Their sheer scale is awe-inspiring, and with the desert’s clean lines of sun and shadow, and contrasts of burnt orange sand and deep blue sky, it is a photographer’s dream.
- Icelandic waterfalls: There are so many breathtaking waterfalls in Iceland that you could spend your entire snapping away, sure that you’ve got a better shot each time (thank goodness for digital cameras). Head to Hraunfossar for pure beauty, Detifoss for enormity (but prepared to be drenched by the spray), Gulfoss for its bewildering staircase design and Seljalandsfoss for height. Should you tire of tumbling water, there’s plenty more to catch your eye: puffins, lunar landscapes, glaciers and frozen lakes.