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5 Places in Asia for Awesome Travel Photos

While it’s common to take photos as you’re travelling, these days more people are venturing overseas solely for photography. Here are 5 locations in Asia worth making the trip.

 

Landscape Photography: Tibet

There are only a few places on Earth one could compare to the landscape wonder that is Tibet. From the Himalayas to Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, one of the longest and deepest in the world, this country is not short of breath-taking sights. Coupled with its cool, arid environment, this is THE place for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.

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Yamdrok Lake, Tibet
EOS 5D Mark II, EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, f/7.1, 1/320sec, 17mm, ISO100 by Jo Cool

Namtso Lake, Tibet
EOS 5D Mark II, EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, f/4.5, 1/6400sec, 31mm, ISO100 by
Jo Cool

 

Wildlife Photography: Borneo, Malaysia

At 140 million years old, Asia’s largest island boasts one of the oldest rainforests in the world and is home to some of the richest flowering plants and highly endangered animals. While the rainforest is a wonderful place to shoot, humidity levels can be damaging to your equipment so protect it with Ziploc bags and silica gel packets. When it comes to photo composition, either go wide or macro and focus on smaller wildlife such as birds and insects that can be easier to spot.

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Orangutan in Borneo rainforest
EOS 6D, EF100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM lens, f/5.6, 1/250sec, 300mm, ISO1600 by
Joe Hunt

Fruit hunter in Borneo rainforest
EOS 5D Mark II, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, f/5.6, 1/125sec, 400mm, ISO6400 by Nigel Voaden


Street Photography: Hanoi, Vietnam

One is spoiled for choice when it comes to capturing street photography in Asia. In Hanoi, be charmed by how old and new worlds collide, as you shoot portraits amidst speedy motorcyclists. And this vibrancy continues well past sunset, with plenty of photo opportunities to capture that will put your night photography skills to the test.

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Locals drinking tea and coffee on a street in Hanoi
EOS 5D Mark II, EF135mm f/2L USM lens, f/2, 1/250sec, 135mm, ISO100 by
Aurimas Adomavicius

Flower seller plying her trade on a street in Hanoi
EOS 5D Mark II, EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/1.6, 1/50sec, 50mm, ISO1000 by
Aurimas Adomavicius

 

Portraiture Photography: India

Some of the best diversity in portraiture can be captured on the streets of India. Focus on aperture for a good grasp on depth of field and exposure. Use a large aperture to achieve a blurry background and try to avoid your camera’s built-in flash. And always ask your subjects before using their photos.

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Girl in auto rickshaw in India
EOS 1D C, EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/1.2, 1/250sec, 50mm, ISO500 by
Salvatore D’Alia

Two sisters in New Delhi, India
EOS 5D Mark II, EF50mm f/1.8 II lens, f/2.2, 1/25sec, 50mm, ISO1600 by
Yiliab Photo


Architectural Photography: Singapore

The juxtaposition of colonial buildings and shophouses with soaring skyscrapers makes Singapore an interesting place to capture architectural diversity. Just take a walk around the city’s streets and you’ll find a good showcase of Singapore’s past and present coming together.

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Shophouse in Geylang Serai, Singapore
EOS 5D Mark II, EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/1.8, 1/640sec, 50mm, ISO100 by
Symphonex

Spiral staircase in Chinese Garden, Singapore
EOS 5D Mark II, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens, f/5.6, 1/30sec, 35mm, ISO320 by
Symphonex

 

 

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