Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park

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► Iceland's Coastline

"Of all the places in the world I regularly travel to, Iceland has the most unusual land- and seascapes," says Ron Rosenstock. "Working there is like photographing when Earth was just being formed. It's known for its rainbows and waterfalls, as well as lava fields and black sand beaches."

The light along the coast makes for fantastic images, and its changeability means you must always be ready to grab a camera.

Susan Delgado agrees that Iceland is a distinctive photo destination. "We circled the entire island by car in one week and experienced a wide range of natural beauty: glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes," she says. •Must-get shots:

Coastal sunrise and sunsets. •For info: www.icelandtourist

► India: Kerala and Rajasthan

Four pros described their amazement during travels in India, especially in two states on opposite ends of the subcontinent: Kerala in the south and Rajasthan (the largest in area of India's 28 states) in the north.

Says Jonathan Kingston, "South India has color and light, welcom


This national park is home to many of the world's highest peaks and some of the most beautiful, including Ama Dab lam (right). "Few places have such quantity and quality of photographic opportunity," says Kevin Dyer. The colorful prayer flags that frame the mountain are one example. "Buddhists write prayers on them, which they believe the winds carry skyward to the ears of the gods." (www.

"A small island in the Irish Sea, it is also an island in time, intensely reminiscent of an Ireland from years ago," says Gail Mooney "While not overly exotic to the eye, the place pulled me in with its subtle magic from the moment I arrived. Its heyday was the Victorian era, which left behind quaint seaside villages that seem untouched by the modem era. The villages are connected by a steam-powered train that traverses the island, leaving wonderfully picturesque puffs of smoke across stunning landscapes."

She suggests walking around the circumference to get a feeling for its diversity. "Ride the steam train for different views, and try to arrange your stay to include the Tourist Trophy, or TT—Europe's major motorcycle race, which transforms the island into an action-packed spectacle." •Must-get shot: Rocky seascapes silhouetted against a rising or setting sun. •For info:

Travel photographers love Italy for the same reason tourists do: "It has it all," Charles Harris says. And the hands-down favorite region is Ttiscany for its mix of landscapes, architecture (cities and villages), and, not least, food.

Says Ron Rosenstock, who leads photo tours there, "Not only can you walk down the same streets as Da Vinci and Michelangelo, but you can see almost the same scenes."

In Florence, he recommends getting up before dawn and hitting the streets at around 5 a.m.: "Early morning provides unusual and dramatic lighting effects. The streetlights are still on and sidewalks are pedestrian-free.


"A charming village with cobblestone streets and old-world Spanish architecture, Antigua is also home to Holy Week events," says Charles Harris. "There ate nonstop mysterious processions throughout." (www.a round


"The architecture here is like no other place on earth," says Chris McLennan. "H's overwhelming when you see it for the first time." The bars and restaurants of the Santo rini village of Oia fill to capacity as tourists gather late in the afternoon to cheerthe setting sun. "H's like New Year's Eve, only every night" (www.santorini. net)

Photographing in Florence's predawn silence is like a meditation."

He advises a similar strategy in the Tliscan countryside. "In the vineyards, I'm generally out with my camera just as dawn begins to break. It's a very soft light that reveals texture and color that will disappear as soon as the sun burns through the softening mists," •Must-get shots: The rolling hills, historic villas, and Italian cypress trees of the Orcia Valley •For info:

Peru This ancient Incan city, nesded in the creases of the Andes, is a familiar favorite—for good reason. "It's magnficent," says Gail Mooney. "I spent most of my first morning watching as clouds and mist enveloped the mountain peaks, and shafts of light streaming through holes in the fog, struck the walls, making it suddenly appear spotlit. I felt like I was discovering it for the first time. I visited for three days, and the mood of the landscape changed daily." •Must-get shots: The citadel in the early-moming mists. •For info:

"The island belongs to another era—it's what I imagine the old Hawaii was like before becoming a major travel destination," says

Jonathan Kingston. "The pace of life is slow, the people are friendly, development is minimal, and it has a variety of climates and landscapes, with some of the most pristine tropical scenery in Hawaii."

Molokai's sea cliffs are the world's tallest. Rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle—much of the island is accessible only by dirt roads. Also try a mule train tour {muleride. com) along those towering cliffs. •Must-get shots: Seascapes at Kalaupapa National Historic Park. •For info:

► Montana: Flathead Reservation

A few miles northeast of Missoula, this Native American reservation is a favorite destina-e tionofMontanan PamVoth. Its cc

1 diverse photo opportunities include

| annual pow-wows and rodeos,

5 wildlife in the National Bison Range and Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, the historic St. Ignatius Mission, and breathtaking mountain views.

"At Ninepipe, look for the wildlife area off Highway 93 for shots of waterfowl," she advises. At the National Bison Range, on any one of the driving loops, "look for elk, deer, coyotes, black bears, big horn sheep, pronghom and, of course, bison. Be prepared to photograph from the car as visitors are not allowed to leave their vehicles in most areas," though you can generally step out to set up a tripod. •Must-get shots: Landscapes along Red Sleep Mountain Drive. •For info:

This North African country is such a favorite that we couldn't get a consensus about exactly where to go—our experts insisted that you leave plenty of time to


"Dubai is one of the most unusual places I've been. There's exciting new architecture everywhere you look," says Charles Harris, "yet just outside the city are small villages, mud huts, camel herders, and desert." For this photo, Harris hired a model, asked her to dtess in traditional garb, and headed out of Dubai into the nearby desert dunes, (www.

see the whole country. A colorful explosion of influences, architecture, and peoples, "it's a land of intense contrasts and can provide nonstop sensory experience," says Ron Rosenstock.

"You can photograph in the sand dunes of the Sahara in the morning, and in the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the afternoon. And it feels like Biblical times. It's exotic and picturesque, yet comfortable for Western travelers."

He suggests concentrating on the details of architecture, daily life, and nature. "The way goods are displayed in the market, the way light falls on archways, and the texture and color of plants in a garden or oasis form powerful inspirations for great photography" •Must-get shot: The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. •For Info:

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