A Travel Photography Guide to Lofoten

A Travel Photography Guide to Lofoten

Sunrise in the Lofoten Islands Map of the Lofoten Islands Lofoten is a small group of islands on the northern coast of Norway above the arctic circle. It has been a draw for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for years and has recently risen in popularity as a photography destination. Beautiful fjords, majestic mountains, gleaming blue lakes, and iconic fishing villages are signature elements of the region. As is typical in Scandinavian countries the different seasons offer varying photo opportunities with the angle and duration of the sun changing throughout the year, I visited in late spring which meant that there was 18 hours of daylight and 6 hours of twilight per day. This allowed for 3 hours of “Golden Hour” during sunrise and sunset but unfortunately not many opportunities or motivation for sleep. This guide will cover my advice and experiences during this window though it is recommended to research how the sunlight will affect shooting locations if you visit at different times of the year with tools such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Google Earth.  Hamnoy at Sunrise Logistics Due to the remoteness of Lofoten there are several ways of arriving. I personally flew to Oslo, the capital of Norway, then to Narvik, the largest international airport in the region, and then rented a car to drive into the islands. Cars are cheaper in the larger airports and I didn’t mind the 4 hour drive so this method made most sense to me. I booked AirBnbs along the route the first couple days to reduce the drive time. Alternatively you can fly into a closer airport such as...
A Travel Photography Guide to Patagonia

A Travel Photography Guide to Patagonia

Sunrise by Mountains of Torres Del Paine Patagonia is the exotic, mountainous, meteorologically unpredictable but very photogenic region at the southernmost tip of South America. While this area is shared by both Chile and Argentina with beautiful locations on both sides in this guide I will be focusing on the Chilean side and more specifically Torres Del Paine National Park as that’s where I have first hand experience. Patagonia is a popular hiking and outdoorsman destination and in more recent years has started to become a photography hot spot. Because of this I find there is minimal information out there specifically related to photography so this is my attempt to impart some based on my experience. Abandoned Pier at Puerto Natales Logistics The most common way to arrive in Patagonia is by way of flight from the capital of Chile, Santiago. You’ll be arriving at Punta Arenas one of the bigger cities in the region. From here there are buses available to Puerto Natales which is the biggest city closest to Torres Del Paine National Park. One could also rent a car from here but we decided to bus it to Puerto Natales and rent a car there. We made this our base camp with Torres Del Paine being about 1.5 to 2 hours drive so it was relatively close. Lodging is available in Puerto Natales for very budget friendly prices. There are hostels from the $15+ a night range and AirBnbs for $20+ a night. Overall plenty of options all around. One thing to keep in mind is the layout of the park allows for many car accessible...
A Travel Photography Guide to Zion National Park

A Travel Photography Guide to Zion National Park

      Utah has some of the most beautiful national parks and also many within a short distance of each other making it very convenient if you want to visit them all in one trip. This guide will focus specifically on Zion the closest one to Las Vegas should you find yourself there. Zion National Park has some of the most amazing canyons and the contrast between the deep reds and greens of the trees offer great opportunities for photos. LOGISTICS There are plenty of lodges in the immediate vicinity of Zion, a town called Springdale. Unfortunately they are mostly in the $200+ range so for a budget traveler like myself it didn’t make much sense. AirBnbs are plentiful in the nearby towns for about $60+ per night but since I was traveling alone I chose to stay in the nearest hostel which was located in a town called Kanab. The drive is about 45 mins so it will add to your wake up time for sunrise but for about $25-30 it was worth it. Food is cheap as there are many restaurants and supermarkets around. Sidenote: While you can drive the main roads of Zion you are not allowed to drive on Valley of the Floor Road, which leads to many of the trails, unless you’re staying at the main lodge which will run you $400 a night. Thankfully there is a free train that runs regularly from the visitor center where there is free parking. $25 gets you a 7 day pass but keep in mind the park is open at night and there is no...
A Travel Photography Guide to Costa Rica

A Travel Photography Guide to Costa Rica

     Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with countless National Parks and beaches worth visiting so I must admit this is by no means an exhaustive guide. I was in the country for about a week and mainly stayed in the north west Guanacaste region because there is surf in the summer and therefore this guide will be limited to my experiences. Another side note, I spent part of this trip doing photography and as well as surfing and doing surf photography so there will be some advice irrelevant to the purely landscape photographer. That being said, on with the photography tips! LOGISTICS      Flights are cheapest into the capital of San Jose though there are many airports throughout the whole country. Check prices in advance because logistically it might work out better to fly closer to the region you will be staying in. I planned to drive out to the Guanacaste region so the most budget friendly flight was fine by me. Renting a car in Costa Rica was amazingly cheap! My first reservation worked out to $7 a day however there was some issues with my paying with a debit card and I was forced to add on full insurance coverage which bumped up the price. Had I used a credit card with its included rental car insurance then the price would’ve been that low. I would suggest renting a 4×4 vehicle because the roads in Costa Rica are largely unpaved and bumpy. Lodging is also ridiculously inexpensive like anywhere in South America and there are hostels in abundance. PLAYA SAMARA      It...
A Travel Photography Guide to Iceland

A Travel Photography Guide to Iceland

          Iceland has become a hotspot travel destination over the last few years due to its beautiful landscapes and very instagrammable locations. What makes it great for landscape photographers is the variety and proximity of mountains, waterfalls, basalt cliffs, fjords, and other uniquely Scandinavian terrain. A photographer visiting the same locations at different times of the year will walk away with shots that bear little resemblance to each other making it a great place for repeat trips. All this goes without mention of the famous Northern Lights which alone would be a draw for those adventurous seekers of beauty.             I visited Iceland in March which is around the end of the Aurora season unfortunately but I still came away with amazing images and vastly improved my photography skills. This will be a guide to locations I personally visited and can speak to but there’s many more known locations and with a creative eye one can find unique compositions even in what isn’t considered a hotspot. What I found from flying my drone around the mountains is there are many many unnamed and hidden waterfalls so anyone could be the discoverer of the next iconic shot.     LOGISTICS           I will briefly touch on the basics of food, lodging and transportation in Iceland but this guide will primarily be location specific photography advice. In the future if there is interest in these topics I can elaborate. Getting around Iceland is quite easy as there are paved roads that circumvent the entire outside of the island...