The July issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK magazine is hot off the press and packed with inspiration for unforgettable summer travels – from wild adventures in the Great British outdoors and beer trails in Europe to the ultimate South African safari. Head behind the scenes as we share stories and photography tips from four of this month’s features.
‘So many people come to watch the sunset here that it’s impossible to use a tripod. I had to get creative, and used the stone walls of the bridge itself to keep the camera steady in the fading light, waiting as the crowds grew. The length of exposure was important to create a feeling of movement on the water. The Grand Canal is always a swirl of activity, so a slow shutter speed can help create this.’
LA GOMERA, CANARY ISLANDS
‘We’d spent all day hiking in hazy sunshine, only to be rewarded by a ghostly bank of clouds rolling in from the Atlantic. Against conventional wisdom, and despite seeing La Gomera’s characteristic volcanic barbs vanish in a porridge-thick mist, we continued even higher into the mountains. Our end game was to break through the cloud-line and back into the sunshine – and it worked. I love this shot because it illustrates in a nutshell why hikers lace up their boots; it’s triumph through adversity.’
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SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Photographer Jonathan Gregson was researching a piece on South Africa’s wild eastern reaches when he came upon a pride of lions in Sabi Sands Game Reserve one morning.
‘The younger members of the pride were on the lookout for prey. I waited for them to walk into the dappled light, exposing for the highlights and letting the shadows drop darker so the shot became more dramatic. Getting close to wildlife will always result in better images, but it’s not always practical – shooting from a safari vehicle allowed me to get close without disturbing the animals or putting myself in danger.’
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This month’s photo story explores the rice terraces of Southern China, as captured by photographer Alessandra Meniconzi. She explains how she shot the Yuanyang terraces:
‘I visited in winter, when the paddies were filled with water, shooting just before sunset to capture the golden late-afternoon light. I used a tripod for stability in the wind, and a telephoto lens to create artistic shots, using the geometry of the rice fields to help compose my images. I tried not to actually enter the fields – they’re a labyrinth, each step requiring caution to avoid ruining the farmers’ hard work.’