We live in a photo-centric world. Take a vacation and chances are, no matter how far or how remote the location, you’ll share the view with an influencer eager to get the perfect shot for their latest post.
But the world is vast and there are many hidden corners that offer the perfect photo opportunity, if you know where to look. So here, courtesy of Passport-photo.online, are ten of the best photography spots that fly under the radar, giving you the opportunity to drink and take spectacular views without the crowds.
Stairway to nothingness
High in the Austrian Alps near the town of Schladming, the evocative name Stairway to Nothingness certainly lives up to its nickname. An extraordinary 1,300-foot-high suspension bridge that winds around the mountain before descending to a glass viewing platform, it offers stunning mountain views with every step of its length.
Ireland’s second highest peak standing at 3,808ft, Beenkeragh sits in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range in beautiful County Kerry. The long but manageable walk up its rocky slopes brings you to the top of ‘Carrauntoohil Watchman’ (Ireland’s highest mountain) and offers sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding hills, mountains and lakes. And while you don’t have to worry about crowds contaminating your photos, ordinary haze might not be so cooperative.
Salar de Uyuni salt flats
Bolivia’s salt pans have long been a must for backpackers from around the world, drawn to its otherworldly landscapes and miraculous photo mirage opportunities once the rains set in. And while that certainly disqualifies it as a secret place, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in Bolivia and with an area of nearly 4,000 square miles, it’s more than enough to give you space to take the perfect shot.
Vantajökull Ice Cave
Iceland isn’t a country short of natural wonders, but its ice caves are perhaps its most surreal and photogenic treasure. The Anaconda Ice Cave is long and winding “like a fearsome snake” that crosses the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest in Iceland. Also known as the Crystal Ice Cave, step inside and you’ll soon understand why – it’s a gateway to a world of exquisite, shimmering blues descending over 300 feet below the ice.
Waitomo Glowworm Cave
Iceland does not have a monopoly on spectacular caves, as the Waitomo Glowworm Cave demonstrates very well on the other side of the world in New Zealand. Board a boat and drift leisurely through these caves created 30 million years ago, lit by tens of thousands of native and unique to New Zealand glowworms (Arachnocampa Luminosa) transforming the ceiling of the cave in a sparkling starry sky.
A region renowned for its exposure to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), this remote archipelago off the coast of Norway is straight out of the pages of a Tolkien book. Dramatic mountainous islands jut violently from icy turquoise seas and lakes, marking the landscape with unique photo opportunities around every corner. And with fantastic cycle paths draped over its slopes, spectacular seclusion is never more than a few pedal strokes away. A photographer’s paradise.
Perhaps not the first place that comes to mind for a photography opportunity, but the Swedish capital’s metro is renowned for the vibrant and colorful art of its many cave-like stations. Arrive at rush hour and you’ll no doubt be surrounded by crowds, but as David Altrath proves in his wonderful Metro photo series, pick your time and you may find them empty of people but full of potential for urban photography. epic.
Plateau of Valensole
Back in the open, the Valensole plateau in French Provence is home to thousands of lavender fields which, in season, cover the landscape in symmetrical rows to the horizon. They are so abundant that their deep purple color seems to shine and melt into the sky, painting an extraordinary canvas that is the very definition of a romantic photoshoot. Go at sunset for more spectacular.
Stretching across the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada’s Rocky Mountains are the largest in North America and a wonderland of rugged peaks, thick forests, glacial lakes, waterfalls thundering waters and diverse wildlife – all delicious ingredients in the recipe for the perfect photo. Take your pick, pack your best lens, and you’re sure to find photo perfection without anyone.
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Stretched between the Atlantic coast of Namibia and the edge of the Great Escarpment, the Namib-Naukluft National Park comprises the Namib Desert (the oldest in the world), the Naukluft mountain range and the Sandwich Harbor lagoon, which are all tantalizing prospects for budding. photographers. But it’s the salt and clay pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, surrounded by almost blood-red dunes and dotted with the charcoal-black skeletons of long-dead Camelthorn (Acacia) trees, that offer some of the most recognizable and photogenic but least visited. in the world.