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Old 02-20-2018   #1
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preferred photo holiday?

i have been thinking about doing a photo trip...only thinking for now because i'm not in a position to leave town yet.
my usual trip is to fly into a city, stay at a reasonable hotel or b&b and just shoot and enjoy the city.
so far i have done this in vancouver and toronto...and nyc if i can count my hometown. i do go home and shoot there on occasion.
friends like cruises but they seem boring to me and shooting on one leaves me limp.
holiday resorts much the same and popular places leave me cold as well.
i like big cities and long walks.
but i'm guessing that i am alone in this.

so when it comes to photo holidays what do you prefer?
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Old 02-20-2018   #2
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My wife is a doctor and needs to travel for conferences. I campaign for national parks. I spend my time doing landscape and wild life photography. We are usually able to squeeze a day or two at a nearby city and spend a day doing street. Worse case scenario, it is visiting family. I still manage to roam the streets (southern cal.).
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My preference is smaller cities or towns. My favorite places are in the Southwestern USA--Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado. Up until a couple of years ago, my wife and I had travel trailers and we stayed in RV parks. It was convenient since we always take our dog. We sold our last trailer and we've started using vacation rentals. We will only stay in rentals that allow pets.
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US, labor day or Memorial day as the weather is decent usually. We are both retired so holidays are more to be avoiding going anywhere than preferred. My favorite holidays are Tuesday and Wednesday......
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Barcelona for a short city stay.
Architecture... Market.... Street.... Beach.... lots of diversity for the camera.
So nicely walkable, not so very expensive and, fantastic food!!
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I love wandering round cities, however as I have children now we go to places that are child friendly. It tends to be smaller towns now as they are easier and as we drive there I take in another long term project; motorway service stations.
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Definitely prefer cities! Some of my favorites for shooting are: Paris, Prague and Venice (cliche, yes, but you can still get some really cool shots off the beaten paths).

Another great city to shoot in is Lisbon (and Porto is fantastic, as well).

As you can probably tell, I like old, weathered, European cities.
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Old 02-20-2018   #8
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Barcelona for a short city stay.
Architecture... Market.... Street.... Beach.... lots of diversity for the camera.
So nicely walkable, not so very expensive and, fantastic food!!
Forgot that one! Can't go wrong there. I totally agree with Andy.
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I like long walk and big cities as well. I have done in Paris and London, Kiev and Tashkent...

Montreal. Most alive, walkable and photographic ville de Canada.
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I prefer walkable cities with good public transportation. Vancouver is great. Seattle and San Francisco are also very nice. (great food as well) The photo destination on my bucket list is Cuba. Second choice would be San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
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Halloween, Village Parade , NYC.

Bring an off camera flash and lots of batteries and storage.

While you are there International Center for Photography, MoMA, Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Liberty Island, Brooklyn Bridge. Lots of other places throughout, except for perhaps Staten Island. Ride the F train from say Forest Hills to Coney Island (I think it's still called the F train). Lots of stuff in Brooklyn to do, Manhattan is full of even more, how long do you want to stay?

Perhaps meet up with some of the folks who live and work those parts from here (including Fred perhaps).

That would be my recommendation.

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In terms of trips in the UK, it has to be run-down seaside towns for me. My no.1 favourite places to shoot here.

Abroad, so far my favourite place to shoot has been Iceland. But my dream photo holiday has always been Japan. And I've got flights booked for November!
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The best one I've had was a driving holiday I did a couple of years ago into outback Queensland but I guess for you that's not ideal being winter Joe. One camera, a few lenses and I was off by myself and clocked up about four thousand ks in ten days. Stayed in pubs in small towns generally and met a lot of interesting people and got some memorable pics.

I'd do it over again any day.
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The best one I've had was a driving holiday I did a couple of years ago into outback Queensland but I guess for you that's not ideal being winter Joe. One camera, a few lenses and I was off by myself and clocked up about four thousand ks in ten days. Stayed in pubs in small towns generally and met a lot of interesting people and got some memorable pics.

I'd do it over again any day.
in the mid eighties i did a motorcycle trip from edmonton to nyc and back...all secondary hiways, small towns and cheap but nice motels. loved every minute of it.
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About 1978, my wife and I (and two cats) went from Ft Knox, KY, to NW Missouri to visit family, then to South Dakota, across Wyoming, up and through Bear Claw Pass (Delighted to find a large stone Indian Wheel), back down into Wyoming into Yellowstone, across to The Great Salt Lake, down to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at Bryce Canyon, and the Pink Sand Dunes area after the Grand Canyon, though part of Monument Valley and the Cliff Dwellings at the 4 corners, over the Wolf Creek Pass and into Colorado Springs, CO. Then across Kansas to Missouri, then back to Ft. Knox.

We traveled in a VW Camper, sleeping in it and stopping every 2 or 3 days in a motel or other place such as at Yellowstone cabins. I have always wanted to do that again but take more time than the about 1 month. A lot was flat land, more was in mountains.

We passed some of the most beautiful old west scenery in the USA, and I got a lot of interesting photos. One of the highlights for me was going up Pike's Peak, because I told my wife she couldn't say she had been to Colorado Springs if she didn't go up Pikes' Peak. All I heard up to about the 12,000 foot level was, "I can't believe we paid money to go up another mountain."

About the 12,000 foot level the thin air got her and she went to sleep.

Interesting thread Joe. Thanks.

Keith, from the above you can probably understand how much I envy you your trip. Can we get a temp land bridge from the USA to Oz?
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I love big cities, and I am a big fan of walking. My recommendation would be Kolkata.
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One thing I learned from my mother who loves to travel and does so often.
If you only have a short time in a new place (under a month),... embrace becoming a tourist!
Many of us tell ourselves we don't want to be "typical tourist" or go to the usual spots.
This can be a lost opportunity.
There are plenty of opportunities during any trip to find atypical adventures.
To make the best use of as short stay.... go with the flow until you find something you want to focus your attention on!
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I usual like to photograph on specific project which are not related to a specific place.

But as holiday photography I like to make a road trip, sometimes short other times longer depending on available time and...money!

Last year my wife and me drove from Italy to the north coast of Germany and back. I shot with my father's Rolleiflex on the beautiful beaches of north Germany and took also some Impossible/Polaroid you can see here .

Later in autumn we spent a few days in Sardinia where I took these others Polaroids, yes I'm actually much in a Polaroid mood

Road trips when you include in them small roads, small villages can be a mine of photographic opportunities and it's not necessary they have to be very long.

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I saw it mentioned a couple times already: Barcelona.
BIG city and LONG walks are precise descriptors.

I'm curious about Buenos Aires... Never been there.
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Cliche or not, my favorite place is Venice - but in the off season. When the crowds are gone you can wander, uninterrupted, in one of the most photogenic places in the world. Food is pretty good too.
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KoFe... Have you visited Quebec City?.....has Montreal beat for old world charm.
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I sometimes grab an atlas to map out how I can make a circular trip hitting all the spots I want to see, and visiting relatives along the way. But it never happens. Before it was because I had a full time job, now I just can't afford to.

But when I do have to travel, whether it is back home for a visit, or to special group gatherings, I always try to carve out some time for photography.

My two favorite plans were to do the East Coast from south to north, and a tour of the National Parks out west. Now I'm lucky enough to get a hundred miles away from the abode.

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Hopefully Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. Who knows, on a hike there I might even bump into John Van Stelten now that he is retired. Joe
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Cliche or not, my favorite place is Venice - but in the off season. When the crowds are gone you can wander, uninterrupted, in one of the most photogenic places in the world. Food is pretty good too.
am curious about this. is there really an off season in Venice? top destinations tend to have one season only, and its on season.
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Cliche or not, my favorite place is Venice - but in the off season. When the crowds are gone you can wander, uninterrupted, in one of the most photogenic places in the world. Food is pretty good too.
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For our 40th anniversary, my wife and I took a river boat cruise with Viking, October 2017. It was almost 2 weeks long. We started out in Prague and ended in Paris. Lots of photo ops. Most folks our age but the exception were two couples on their honeymoon. Less than 200 on the boat.

We spent time at the memorial where the Battle of the Bulge took place as my Uncle Wayne fought in the battle. He is one of just a few who escaped from a German P.O.W. camp and made it back to the American side.

At any rate, river boat cruising is wonderful for any shutter bug!
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Both professionally & for holidays, the mountains are my attraction. As a by product, I do travel through some big cities...& enjoy the difference, but tend not to print a lot of those. I have enjoyed street shooting in Paris, Austin & Santa Fe.....among my favourites.
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