Archive for the ‘Turkey’ Category

Into the wild: landscapes from around the world

Landscapes are probably the most photographed subject around the world and often in my own travels. Their beauties are sometimes impossible to capture on camera and often, like David Byrne, it’s best to just enjoy them than try to capture the moment.

Still with that in mind, here are some images of landscapes around the world that try to do the places justice.

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Dolomites, Trentino, Italy

Dolomites, Itay.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams

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Urban landscapes

The English poet Rupert Brooke said, “Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.” Cities also reveal themselves in their architecture, people, weather and lifestyle. Here are some images from the Visited Planet database of the great cities of the world.

New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York City, USA

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
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Photo of the day : sunset at Pamukkale

People often ask how you take a particular shot. A lot of my photography feels instinctive, the best shots seeming to form themselves without much conscious thought.

For example I just uploaded this image to the new site today of a sunset in Pamukkale, Turkey. The sun was going down and I could see a mosque turret in the distance and knew that when the light actually hit the turret it would glow but I was too high up a mountain or hill for the best light and the sun was going to disappear any minute. So I started running down to get to the right position in time – literally running down this mountain. When I got as far down as I could I snapped it – just one shot. But it was just the right moment, catching the top of the turret.

Mosque at sunset at PamukkaleTurkeyBy Joanne Lane

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Photo gallery: Food from around the world

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience,” said James Beard
James Beard, a pioneer foodie in the USA once named the “dean of American cookery”. It’s certainly been my common experience journeying from places as different as Vietnam, India, Mongolia, Italy, Mali and Morocco.

There is no simpler, greater pleasure than sharing a meal with people abroad and sharing in that common need and bond over the enjoyment of eating.

Here’s some pictures detailing those experiences.

The baguette, France

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. J. R. R. Tolkien
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Photo of the day – a sunset mosque

Turkey has been in the news a lot in this last week, due to the public reaction against the deaths on the aid flotilla approaching the Gaza strip. Someone asked me this morning if I had been there, and yes I have and loved it. Turkish people are an incredibly hospitable, friendly and open race, which was even more remarkable in some ways as Australia fought them in WWI at Gallipoli. In some ways that has helped forge ties between our two nations, and there are of course many Turkish people that have since settled downunder.

This image was taken near Pamukkale as the sun set and I remember running to get the shot as I could see the turret of the mosque about to be bathed in light and I wasn’t sure how long it would last. A classic got to get that photograph moment. That meant running through fields leaving my two hiking companions behind, rather confused and bemused.

I chose this image as the photo of the day to show the beauty of the Turkish landscape and the peace that resides in much of the country, despite their present anguish over the loss of life. Let’s all hope there’s a peaceful resolution to this problem with Israel.

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Feel free to email Jo at admin@visitedplanet.com with your comments/thoughts/photo aspirations.  See and learn more at www.visitedplanet.com

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