What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?

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Re: A peaceful Middle East, including Syria
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My trip of a lifetime, largely due to an interest in several eras of history, would include a slow, winding path through the Middle East, which, lamentably, is currently not the safest place for a tall, fair-skinned, blue-eyed person, with an East Texas accent, to be toting a camera.

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Well, there are places that would be difficult - certainly not Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria. And for now, Egypt.

However, it all comes together in Israel, which is totally safe, including all of Jerusalem, Bethlehem etc. Also Jordan (don't miss Petra!). Morocco, and the gem of Istanbul/Turkey.

Then there's Saudi Arabia, and the entire Gulf Cooperation Council.

Get those off your bucket list, and by then, Egypt should reopen, and Lebanon should be over the crap to its north.

My partner and I - me a blue-eyed Jew - and two relatives, one a high active reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces - went into Jordan and toured with a Palestinian Arab guide from Hebron. I would have gone to Amman with him, if we had more time.

Americans are so ignorant of Middle East politics that they tend to think it's all a risky mess. It's not. Go and enjoy!

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I've been interested in the war on the Eastern front since I was a student. I would love to spend a couple of months exploring the area that comprised the Stalingrad pocket. Not many people who survived the war there still left. But there are museums and historical places to visit.

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Volgograd is probably totally rebuilt now. The mother of one of my friends gained the Star of Lenin at Stalingrad where she was fighting the Nazis.

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Re: A peaceful Middle East, including Syria
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Mel Snyder wrote:

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My trip of a lifetime, largely due to an interest in several eras of history, would include a slow, winding path through the Middle East, which, lamentably, is currently not the safest place for a tall, fair-skinned, blue-eyed person, with an East Texas accent, to be toting a camera.

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I wear a badge and pistol, and, primarily with 7D cameras, with 10-22mm and 100mm Macro L lenses, shoot evidentiary images at night, which incorporates elements of portrait, macro, still life, landscape, architecture, PJ, and occasional action. During personal time, I enjoy using both Canons and Nikons.

Well, there are places that would be difficult - certainly not Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria. And for now, Egypt.

However, it all comes together in Israel, which is totally safe, including all of Jerusalem, Bethlehem etc. Also Jordan (don't miss Petra!). Morocco, and the gem of Istanbul/Turkey.

Then there's Saudi Arabia, and the entire Gulf Cooperation Council.

Get those off your bucket list, and by then, Egypt should reopen, and Lebanon should be over the crap to its north.

My partner and I - me a blue-eyed Jew - and two relatives, one a high active reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces - went into Jordan and toured with a Palestinian Arab guide from Hebron. I would have gone to Amman with him, if we had more time.

Americans are so ignorant of Middle East politics that they tend to think it's all a risky mess. It's not. Go and enjoy!

Thanks! Yes, I would think Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, most of the Arab states, and Morocco to be safer than much or most of the USA. Iran, too, is probably safe enough, if one avoids anything that may resemble espionage or politics, as the Iranian people are quite wonderful. I would not fear moving about in Lebanon, with a good guide, to keep me from stumbling into the troubled areas.

If I want high adventure, I can visit parts of the Houston metro area, minutes from home, or drive for six hours, to New Orleans, here in the USA.

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Re: What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?
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I like Prague, but Budapest's got a lot to offer too.

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Re: What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?
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Is the beer any good there?

Oh, yesh.  Itsss wunnerful...  Jus cant gettenuff offf the stuffzzz...

But seriously: come to Scotland and you get fine landscapes, from mountains to coastline, with lots of history and a full range of weather experiences.  And all packed into an area about half the size of Florida, so you don't have to drive hundreds of miles to get to the next photo op.

Here's a nice Highland sunset as a tempter.

Skye sunset

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Re: What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?
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BlueJakester wrote:

Is the beer any good there?

Oh, yesh. Itsss wunnerful... Jus cant gettenuff offf the stuffzzz...

But seriously: come to Scotland and you get fine landscapes, from mountains to coastline, with lots of history and a full range of weather experiences. And all packed into an area about half the size of Florida, so you don't have to drive hundreds of miles to get to the next photo op.

In all honesty, I would absolutely love to visit Scotland. Maybe I will be able to afford a trip abroad someday.

Cheers Colin!

Jake

p.s. Beautiful photo.

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Re: WWII battle sites
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I lived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska which the Japanese attacked in 1943. My apartment was located on what the GIs called "Suicide Hill." The radio station was there and the first day the fighters flew in on the beam and blasted the station into nothing. The battles of Attu and Kiska were interesting in that they were so isolated. They are still relatively untouched, with equipment and munitions lying around. Stalin had been holding Siberian forces on the coast for fear of Japanese invasion. After the Aleutian battles ended he freed them up to use against the Germans. That made a big difference in many battles. The Siberians were well-trained, highly motivated, and knew how to function in the cold.

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Re: What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?
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Say you had the opportunity to take one all-expenses-paid photography holiday to any location you wanted, where would it be? It could be somewhere that you want to go but haven't had the opportunity, or somewhere that you've been before and want to go back, the sky is the limit (literally, no space ).

For me, it would have to be a multiple-day tour of the Chernobyl region, and the cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat in particular. I've always had a fascination with abandoned structures and cities, and the Chernobyl region combines two (almost completely) abandoned cities and multiple smaller towns/villages with Soviet-era Russian architecture, and any photos I've seen always look amazing (and a little haunting). The region has also played a fairly major part in a number of video games I've enjoyed, particularly the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, which is another reason to visit.

So what is your place?

Yes!  The Chernobyl region would be at or near the top of my list!  As runner-up, I'd like to photograph every ghost town there is in Nevada.

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Re: WWII battle sites
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I lived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska which the Japanese attacked in 1943. My apartment was located on what the GIs called "Suicide Hill." The radio station was there and the first day the fighters flew in on the beam and blasted the station into nothing. The battles of Attu and Kiska were interesting in that they were so isolated. They are still relatively untouched, with equipment and munitions lying around. Stalin had been holding Siberian forces on the coast for fear of Japanese invasion. After the Aleutian battles ended he freed them up to use against the Germans. That made a big difference in many battles. The Siberians were well-trained, highly motivated, and knew how to function in the cold.

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That's interesting, I'll do a search on those battles. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?
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karl eller wrote:

Say you had the opportunity to take one all-expenses-paid photography holiday to any location you wanted, where would it be? It could be somewhere that you want to go but haven't had the opportunity, or somewhere that you've been before and want to go back, the sky is the limit (literally, no space ).

For me, it would have to be a multiple-day tour of the Chernobyl region, and the cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat in particular. I've always had a fascination with abandoned structures and cities, and the Chernobyl region combines two (almost completely) abandoned cities and multiple smaller towns/villages with Soviet-era Russian architecture, and any photos I've seen always look amazing (and a little haunting). The region has also played a fairly major part in a number of video games I've enjoyed, particularly the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, which is another reason to visit.

So what is your place?

Yes! The Chernobyl region would be at or near the top of my list!

Not worth shortening your life.

As runner-up, I'd like to photograph every ghost town there is in Nevada.

Good luck with that one, as there are hundreds of them. Many of them in places you'll likely die in if you get stranded, assuming you make it there in the first place.

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Re: What is one place you would love to visit (or have visited) for a photography holiday?
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karl eller wrote:

Say you had the opportunity to take one all-expenses-paid photography holiday to any location you wanted, where would it be? It could be somewhere that you want to go but haven't had the opportunity, or somewhere that you've been before and want to go back, the sky is the limit (literally, no space ).

For me, it would have to be a multiple-day tour of the Chernobyl region, and the cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat in particular. I've always had a fascination with abandoned structures and cities, and the Chernobyl region combines two (almost completely) abandoned cities and multiple smaller towns/villages with Soviet-era Russian architecture, and any photos I've seen always look amazing (and a little haunting). The region has also played a fairly major part in a number of video games I've enjoyed, particularly the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, which is another reason to visit.

So what is your place?

The Continental Divide trail, a good mountain bike, a bottle of good whiskey, and 6 months to explore.

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If you're interested in Chernobyl….
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Don't miss Kid of Speed, Elena Filatova.

‎http://www.kiddofspeed.com

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Europe.

Where in Europe? It's not like its a country.

The scenic part with old buildings and pretty girls.

You must think of Stockholm 

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I love dense, lively cities, old and modern architecture as well as abandoned places and stunning sceneries.. So please give me a trip to NY, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, Lissabon, Venice, Vilnius, Stora Nassa archipelago, Lago di Garda, Kebnekaise, Lofoten, Route#1 in California, Rapa Valley, Taipei... well, I've already been at those places but why not once more....

If i had to choose one place I think New York. Or Istanbul.

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digitallollygag wrote:

Yes! The Chernobyl region would be at or near the top of my list!

Not worth shortening your life.

You'd receive more radiation flying to Chernobyl than you would actually visiting the place. You obviously still can't get too close to Reactor 4, but the background radiation is pretty low and isn't a problem unless you're spending a long time there (months).

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You may as well lock this thread, as the obvious answer is, without question, Scotland. Anywhere between Gretna Green to Lerwick and from Stornaway to Aberdeen.

Get yourselves over here, you won't be disappointed and don't forget to bring your American Express cards.

Been there three times, couldn't agree more! Just did the West Highland Way and Isle of Skye in May.

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