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February 2018

Drone photography is opening up a whole new world for photographers and videographers. The compositional possibilities are now practically endless. Is aerial photography on your bucket list? Photo Credit @laurierubinphotography #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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There’s nothing quite like standing under a star-filled night sky, watching the Northern Lights shimmer and sway with the grace of a skillful dancer. Are the Northern Lights on your bucket list? Photo credit @fabianophotography Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for its not the same river and he’s not the same man.” - Heraclitus Photo credit @kenkaminesky Photo Tour: Iceland #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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The Bikan Historical Quarter of Kurashiki is like a moment frozen in time – white earthen-walled villas of Japan’s past, weeping willows awaiting spring and the rebirth of their leaves, classic stone bridges off in the distance. It’s a moment you’d need a time machine for almost anywhere else in the world. But not here in Kurashiki. Photo credit @FabianoPhotography Location: Bikan Historical Quarter, Kurashiki Photo Tour: Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Thousands of stars dancing overhead, hundreds of lanterns glowing below. Petra’s treasury, the icon of the New7 Wonder of the World, towering before you. Light reflecting onto the behemoth crags all around. For a travel photographer, it doesn’t get much better than that. Photo Credit @michaelbonocore Location: Petra Photo Tour: Jordan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Blooming sakura trees become the envy of every flower in the natural world during springtime in Japan. They invoke awe in the Japanese people, who spend the season perched under the blossoms enjoying their transient beauty. For photographers, they create a perfect clash of pink and blue, of contrasting warm and cool tones. And they’re special in their own right. But find a view of them framing one of the nation’s most important historic monuments and you’ll hit the jackpot. * In this photo, the sakura create a canopy over Osaka Castle – a structure that played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. Photo credit @kenkaminesky Location: Osaka Photo Tour: Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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It’s hard to describe the magic of watching the world’s tallest animal dash across the great plains of Africa. It’s a sight that just can’t be fully described with words. It’s a sight better witnessed in person for memories and images that will last a lifetime. Photo Credit @laurierubinphotography #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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The Ponte Vecchio, a famous stone bridge over the Arno River in Florence, is noted for still having shops built along it – a tradition once common for medieval cities. In the old days, butchers occupied the shops, but in modern times, the stalls are manned by jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Florence Photo Tour: Italy #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Novelist and environmental activist Wendell Berry once said, “The Earth is what we all have in common.” And the Earth, we think, is quite beautiful. From Yosemite to Patagonia, from the Sahara to the jungles of Asia, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle, this world is filled end to end with natural wonders. One country that we think is especially beautiful is Norway. Fjords cut through the entire coastline of this rugged nation, creating hundreds upon hundreds of miles of glacially carved splendor. We think it’s a must-visit. Photo credit @difruscia Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto contains four kilometers of Torii gate-lined walking paths. The most famous section of the shrine is the Senbon Torii, where the gates are smaller and packed close together. The density and symmetry create a playground for photographers (and cinematographers: Memoirs of a Geisha includes a scene of its main character running through the Senbon Torii ). * But there are impressive sights beyond the Senbon – deeper into the complex, under the winding trail of gates and through the forested hills. There, you can take a detour off the main path and come across a small bamboo grove, a lush and relaxing spot to spend a quiet moment before heading back among the throngs of tourists. Photo credit @MarkIandolo Location: Kyoto Photo Tour: Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Skogafoss may just be the absolute best waterfall in the world for dramatic selfies. What do you think? Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Skogafoss Photo Tour: Iceland #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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The word “Serengeti,” which inspires wonder and awe around the globe, comes from the Maasi language and means “endless plains.” And in these endless plains, you’ll find lions and leopards, and wildebeests, gazelles, giraffes and zebras. In fact, you’ll find roughly 70 large mammal and 500 bird species; they live in the region’s diverse habitats that include riverine forests, swamps, and grasslands. This unique ecosystem is a must-visit, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for wildlife photographers. Photo Credit @ michaelbonocore Photo Tour: Tanzania #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Lanterns and cherry blossoms line the Meguro River, a famous sakura-viewing spot in Tokyo. When night falls, the lights come on, the colors clash, and the crowds thin out just enough to find a peaceful moment taking in the wonder of cherry blossoms. Photo credit @MarkIandolo Location: Tokyo Photo Tour: Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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“Oh, the things I could do with a set a wings” wrote @karenhutton about this photo, taken in Florence at the Palazzo Vecchio. In the image, a cherub statue stands on a pedestal, admires the frescoes and stone architecture around it, and then turns its gaze upward—imagining the idea of taking flight into the midnight sky above. The cherub is a microcosm of almost every tourist who travels to Florence. You’ll be so awed at the city’s art and architecture, you’ll begin to believe you’ve seen the best of earthly wonders, and must now take to the sky to experience the universe’s canvas on a greater scale. Photo credit @KarenHutton Location: Florence Photo Tour: Italy #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Iceland, “the land of fire and ice,” is like no place on earth. It’s a rugged oasis of celestial waterfalls, hidden volcanoes, volcanic black-sand beaches, steaming geysers, ice-blue lagoons, glacial lakes and the famed Northern Lights. You go to Iceland not knowing what to expect, but always come back changed. Photo credit @difruscia Photo Tour: Iceland #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Deep within Jordan’s wild and dry wilderness lies Petra, the “Rose Red City of the Desert.” A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new seven wonders of the world, Petra is a once-lost oasis of tombs and other ancient structures carved elaborately into rock by a bygone kingdom. The most famous of these structures is the Treasury, so named for the local stories about a cache of treasure deposited there by thieves, long ago. * The idea of photographing places like this calls to the explorer in all of us. Which world wonder is next on your list to explore? Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Petra Photo Tour: Jordan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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John F. Kennedy once said, “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.” This mantra perfectly describes the people of the Lofoten Islands, who have headed back out to sea to fish for cod for ten hundred years. And it describes visitors, too. For the harmony between residents and the sea is never lost on those who visit. Once in Lofoten, you’ll feel that harmony, that peaceful aura. You’ll feel tied to the sea. Photo credit @kenkaminesky Location: Lofoten Islands Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Are you looking for ways to broaden your photographic horizons and expand your creativity? Have you ever thought about trying infrared photography? @debsandidge used infrared to capture this shot of Carhenge, a quirky, vehicular monument in Nebraska inspired by the pillars of Stonehenge. To @debsandidge , “nothing can quite compare with the surreal factor of bright white foliage, a dark sky, and how beautifully infrared light is reflected and absorbed by different surfaces.” Photo credit @debsandidge Location: Alliance, Nebraska #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Head to the top of Piazza Michelangelo at sunset to see the skyline of Florence, stretched out in all its medieval modern glory, covered in red and gold light. The plaza is located on the other side of the Arno River from most of the city’s main attractions. But it’s absolutely worth the trip, any time of day. Bring your camera and a picnic! Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Florence Photo Tour: Italy #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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@KarenHutton believes “there's nothing like the light of a technicolor sunset bouncing off of the ocean and cliffs of the California coast!” The golden glow of sunset, and all the colors that come with it; the ocean, the cliffs, the places where land meets sea and sky—these are some incredible subjects for photography. *What are some of your favorite photo subjects?* Photo credit @karenhutton Location: Davenport, California #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Photography is the perfect way to document all the sights we see in this great big wide world. And while our cameras are the tools we use, they are just conduits, middlemen between the world and us. Our creativity, our minds, our dreams, our ideas, our personalities, our life experiences—these are the things that truly fuel our best photos, not the camera. This is what makes photography so special: we all bring a uniqueness to each photo we take. Every press of the shutter button is an opportunity to present a visual depiction of the world in way no one has ever seen before. * But creativity isn’t just innate; it’s a skill that can be learned. One of the best learning methods is to study how other photographers see the world and compose their shots. Photographing in groups is an excellent example; in groups we can watch our fellow photographers search for compositions, not to copy them but to open our mind to new possibilities. As we train our eyes, we’ll begin to see the world in a whole new way. We’ll remember to be on the lookout for puddles, or to assess the way light filters through forests. We’ll notice more visual details—patterns in sand, formations in rocks, drops of water on trees. * And if we can’t always get out and photograph in a group, we can study photographs online. We can try looking at photos of a location or subject that’s been photographed thousands of times and see if we can find unique compositions. Take this photo, for example, which was taken in the Bamboo Forest where everyone shoots the star shot of the pathway surrounded by towering trees. But, that’s not the only photo to be had! @brianfabiano got up and close and personal for an image that shows raindrops on a megalithic bamboo trunk. In fact, it almost looks like the center-tree is some sort of king or queen, with the surrounding stalks bowing to it and watching as it drinks new lifeblood for the forest. * By learning how other photographers compose images, we learn new ways to bring our own creative ideas to fruition. New ways to show and share the sights we see in the world. * Photo credit @brianfabiano Location: Kyoto Photo Tour: Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Walk the streets of Rome at night when the town is quieter and if you open your ears (and imagination ), you can begin to hear the echoes of centuries past. Tag someone you'd like to walk the streets of Rome with! Photo credit @karenhutton Location: Rome Photo Tour: Italy

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Scottish-American writer and environmentalist John Muir once wrote, “in every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” We think Muir would have loved Iceland. There may be no other place in this world so prone to random, intimate moments of beauty. The small island packs in a universe’s worth of natural wonders; everywhere you look, you’ll find more than you seek. In every walk, you’ll stumble upon a postcard-worthy scene like this one. Photo credit @difruscia Photo Tour: Iceland #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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In the Bikan historical area of Kurashiki, you’ll journey back in time to the seventeenth century. To an old merchant quarter with wooden houses covered by traditional white and black tiles. To a canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi. To an area with almost no signs of modernity at all. The Bikan District is a land that time forgot – an increasing rarity on our Earth. Photo credit Brian Fabiano Location: Bikan District, Kurashiki Photo Tour: Japan — at Bikan Historical Quarter. #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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“The moon dust in your lungs, stars in your eyes. You are a child of the cosmos, a ruler of the skies.” Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Petra Photo Tour: Jordan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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In the Lofoten Islands, jagged mountain peaks shoot up from the sea looking like dragon spines or shark teeth. Within these majestic mountains, you’ll find a host of fishing towns where sailors have hunted cod for a thousand years. The climate here is fierce: midnight sun in the summer gives way to total darkness for a month in December. Yet the weather gods did not entirely forsake Lofoten: winter temperatures are relatively mild considering its location north of the Arctic Circle. In the Lofoten Islands, these elements all come together to inspire wanderlust. The arctic weather, the incredible people, the awe-inspiring landscape – everything here creates picture-perfect drama and life-altering memories. Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Lofoten Islands Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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A sakura tree stands in a dramatic half-bloom state outside the world’s largest wooden temple, Todai-ji, in Nara. Look closely and you can see tourists below the structure, providing a sense of scale for its grandeur. Inside the temple, a massive bronze Buddha statue rests peacefully. Todai-ji Temple is part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” UNESCO site. Photo credit @markiandolo Location: Nara, Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” -John Muir Photo credit @KarenHutton #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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With local Bedouin guides and translators leading the way, wind your way through beautiful Jordan, from Amman and Jerash to the Wadi Rum Desert and the lost city of Petra. Venture through fruit and spice markets, sample local delicacies, tour area mosques and travel camel-back across the Mars-like red desert to explore cities dating back before Julius Caesar ruled. Fedora and bullwhip optional! Photo credit @KenKaminesky Photo Tour: Jordan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Any list of “best waterfalls in the world” isn’t complete without Seljalandsfoss in Iceland. Seljalandsfoss streams down over a cave from a ridgeline above; it is possible to walk completely behind and around it. We recommend a visit early in the morning, before the tourists arrive. And don’t forget to check out the nearby Gljúfrabùi, a small waterfall tucked away inside a cave. Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Seljalandsfoss Photo Tour: Iceland #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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“Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man." Orison Swett Marden Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Lofoten Islands Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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The Golden Gate steals the spotlight, but San Francisco has another beautiful bridge. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge was the longest in the world upon completion in 1936. It was an architectural masterpiece – cynics had believed construction would be impossible due to the potential impact of turbulent waters and gusty winds. And the bridge is beautiful. It looks coruscant here during twilight, its lights glittering and reflecting into the water below. Photo credit @DebSandidge Location: San Francisco, USA #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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@KarenHutton titles this photo of Big Bend in California, “Peach Sorbet.” Photo Credit @karenhutton Location: USA #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Does it get any more iconic than a twilight view of a traditional temple on a hilltop, surrounded by lights and cherry blossoms, with Kyoto – the thousand-year capital – glittering in the background? This is the view that thousands flock to see every spring. This view, of the main temple at Kiyomizu-dera, feels like quintessential Japan. Photo credit @kenkaminesky Location: Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto Photo Tour: Japan #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Fishermen of the far north made Lofoten their home and hunting grounds more than a thousand years ago. And since then, for a millennia, while the world went through medieval times and industrial revolutions, the people of these rugged islands have lived in harmony with the sea. That kind of history, coalescing with the region’s unparalleled scenery, inspires photographers to visit from around the world. Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Lofoten Islands Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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Take me to where the mountains meet the sea. To where the peaks shoot up straight from the water’s edge. Take me to where the snow falls in winter and the sun never dies in summer. To where red and orange houses dot the land and humans live in harmony with the sea. Take me to the Lofoten Islands. Photo credit @KenKaminesky Location: Lofoten Islands Photo Tour: Norway #DiscoveryPhotoTours

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