What is Your Favorite Landscape Location?

What is Your Favorite Landscape Location?

Readers of our community come from all parts of the globe so I thought it might be fun on this weekend to share some of our favorite locations for landscape photography.

In comments below I’d love to hear you share:

  1. Your favorite Landscape Location
  2. A link (on Flickr or some other photo sharing site or perhaps even your photoblog) to a picture taken in this location
  3. The reason you love the location and any tips for others who might like to go there to take a shot

Hopefully this exercise will highlight some great photos but possibly even give some of us inspiration to try some new spots recommended by other DPS readers in our area.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Kamaljeet Chugh February 13, 2012 04:46 am

    I had just finished a course in Basic Photography under late Mr. T Kasinath and was posted at Srinagar in Kashmir valley. Upon reaching there I bought a Brand new Nikon camera. The dealer gifted me a Kodachrome 25 ASA film. Soon after I had the opportunity to fly to Ladakh. It was my first encounter with a color slide film and the landscapes of Leh. I used the entire film in Leh and areas around. I sent the film to Bombay for processing. I was absolutely surprised when a Printer purchased 15 TPs and used 12 of them and brought out a color table calendar. They were all landscapes. Leh is therefore my first choice for Landscape photography.
    My second choice would be the deserts of Rajasthan, India.
    My third choice would the beautiful mountainscapes of the Kinnaur, the tribal belt of Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Debra Miller February 12, 2012 01:56 pm

    Ocean City NJ (USA) is one of my favorite places to photograph. I love the ocean and the sand. The peace of just being on the beach is amazing. This shot was taken on Jan. 2 2012. During the winter months the sun comes up between the pilings of this old worn pier. 59th St. Pier Ocean City NJ


  • Louise January 13, 2012 07:35 pm

    my favourite place is the Cronulla rock pools in Sydney, hust around the corner

  • robert gardner January 13, 2012 03:12 am

    Without a doubt I will pick Yosemite National Park. Have been there, done that and will do it again. I don't think any camera can capture all of the beauty there. However it is always great to try

  • Lee Snyder May 20, 2011 02:20 am

    This photo was taken just outside of Beaufort, SC. It is the subdivision boat dock for a residental planned community of lowcountry style homes and is one of my favorite places to shoot. Sunrise and sunset shots here are spectacular. I have several shots of the same scene on my website.


  • Joe May 13, 2011 06:51 am

    My favorite landscape location of late is an old abandoned mill site. The water fall there is lovely but it is on private property so I have been unable to spend a lot of time there. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/soleful2001/5564188441/' title='Company_Mill_Falls' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5098/5564188441_d5b69ae67a.jpg']

  • Richard Crowe May 13, 2011 03:01 am

    Yosemite National Park, California, USA

    This is probably one of the most photogenic locations I have ever visited. However, I recommend that you visit the park in other than the summer vacation period (Mid-June to early September). During the summer, Yosemite is crowded to capacity and the pristine atmosphere is spoiled. Spring time also usually results in the waterfalls being fuller and more attractive...

    My smugmug Yosemite gallery:

  • k.narayanaraj December 21, 2009 09:42 pm

    Location-Switzerland a perfect guide for an adventurous guide to describe the glamorus sites in Switzerland.You can experience an perfect satisfication for an vacational holiday tripin Switzerland

  • Gary December 18, 2009 10:59 am

    Zion National Park. I live 30 miles from this national treasure and love to take my camera to the park. If you get a chance to travel this part of the world make sure to spend plenty of time in Zion. Bryce Canyon National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are both nearby as well. Make sure you plan your photograhpy around the golden hours and enjoy

  • John December 14, 2009 11:24 pm

    Northern Italy: Valleys of the Dolomites

  • Roy Davis May 26, 2009 10:20 am

    My front yard I live in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico And view great sunsets most evenings

  • Dave Whiteman March 23, 2009 09:28 pm

    Forgot the link.


  • Dave Whiteman March 23, 2009 04:14 pm

    I live at the foot of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and my favourite landscape location is the Shipley Plateau which commands a view of the Megalong Valley and the hills beyond near Oberon.

    The scene changes with the seasons and during the winter you will often get snowstorms coming across the valley. It is also a great place to capture spectacular sunsets.

    You could take a photo every day from here and each one would be different. Whenever I am feeling the need to get out of the office and back to nature, I head for the Shipley Plateau with my camera. I never know what to expect.

    Here is a photo I took of the snowstorms approaching in winter.

  • Manoj February 27, 2009 03:59 pm

    Where did my links go in my previous comments? :|
    trying again,

  • Manoj February 27, 2009 03:58 pm

    Mount Rainier in Washington state! Its presence is just amazing. The mountain just stands out. Also Grand Tetons in Wyoming.


    I don't have a great picture from Teton, but here is a sample:

  • Frank February 12, 2009 07:54 am

    My most favorite place for photo's is Yosemite National Park in central California United Stats America. When the sun comes up In my humble opinion it is the most beautiful place on earth.

  • Otilia February 12, 2009 06:21 am

    Of the many countries that I've visited, my favourite landscape location is Cinque Terre in Italy.

  • Nicholas Fenner February 9, 2009 02:20 pm

    My favorite place on the planet to shoot landscapes is Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. They are amazing mountains, and almost every view is worth taking pictures of. I've included links to a few examples:


    The Sangre de Cristo Mts. are a great place to get combinations of mountain/plains shots as they butt up against the vast plains of the American Southwest. I would suggest to other photographers to look for photo ops even at their feet. I found many fantastic flowers, bugs, and animals to take pictures of besides the great mountain-scale shotes.

  • Scott A Walmsley February 9, 2009 12:02 am


    One of my favorite places to shoot is the finger lakes region of upstate NY. I love shooting waterfalls and this is one of the best places to do it. So many waterfall and so little time.

  • Grace February 8, 2009 06:59 am

    A few of my favorite spots in the US have already been mentioned (grew up on the Sonoma Coast and I love Zion!), but right now I am living in Germany so that has given me so many opportunities to explore more landscapes...

    Being in not so sunny Germany has also given me a bit more practice with "moody" clouds and weather. I took this on a little afternoon cruise we took along the Rhine:


  • Laura February 7, 2009 06:41 am

    I live in the middle of Iowa and we are flat. I take what I can get though. My current favorite is just an intersection on some gravel roads that looks across some corn fields. I love the way the it looks when the late afternoon sun hits it.
    I would love to be able to travel and find new favorites but that will have to wait... I have a little guy that needs raising first.

  • kathy February 6, 2009 02:54 pm

    I live in Saskatchewan Canada, It has been 30 degrees below for it seems too long, in a couple months I will be making a weekly drive to Regina Beach, to catch a Sunset, well worth the drive.

  • Quinn Calder February 6, 2009 01:01 pm

    My favorite landscapes come from red rock country in southern Utah. It truly is a magical place.

  • Shelley February 6, 2009 07:52 am

    Of all the places I've been, my favorite is "The Wave" outside of Page Arizona. It's a 3 mile hike without a trail, and they only give out 20 permits a day to hike there. I'd love to go back sometime. And now I'm going to go cruise some of the above links to see what I'm missing. Thanks for this thread.

  • William Bougourd February 6, 2009 06:56 am

    my favourite area last year is snowdonia in north wales UK climbing mount snowdon and camping at the peak over night to watch the sunrise which resulted in a great shot early morning going back this year to photograph the Llanberis valley

  • Tom Gill February 6, 2009 06:44 am

    I have lots of "favorite" places for landscape photography, but one of the top places around my home is Matthiessen State Park in llinois. It's about an hour from my house, and two miles from another state park with lots of canyons and waterfalls, so it's always a worth while drive.

    Both parks are great in every season - fall has great leaves, summer has wild flowers, and in winter, the 60 -80 foot tall waterfalls freeze and often people climb them!

    This is Matthiessen's Lake Falls just before the sub-zero weather froze it solid:

  • Jamie Gordon February 6, 2009 06:28 am

    New Mexico. Hands down. Fabulous light, diversity of landscapes, plants, buildings. See http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2559633730045356120LRJyWs

  • Joe White February 6, 2009 01:53 am

    My favorite landscapes are found in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Here is one of my favorites of White Water Falls.

    I have a few others posted in my public gallery on Picasa.


  • Douglas Hatten February 6, 2009 12:51 am

    Last year my wife went up into upper Minnesota and Wisconsin, and found a beautiful spot to photograph. This is now one of my favorite spots. Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island, near Bayfield Wisconsin.


  • Karen Schmautz February 6, 2009 12:36 am

    My favorite spot is anywhere in the Lake Tahoe area, which is close to my home. I never get tired of the beauty of that lake.


    I don't think my photos do any sort of justice to the area, but I sure like trying.

  • TeoKenty February 5, 2009 11:50 pm

    This is my favourite place Cambodia Angkor Wat.
    thank for your weekly guidance i learn a lots.

  • TeoKenty February 5, 2009 11:37 pm

    This is my favourite place Angkor Wat Cambodia. Thanks for your materials it certainly help me a lot to shot more photos as i travel.

  • GaryJS February 5, 2009 10:30 pm

    Yorkshire, England is looking great in the snow at the moment! Here is one of my photos from my way home from work the other day:


  • Greg Ashley February 5, 2009 10:28 pm

    My favorite landscape shots are the volcanoes on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The climb is rather strenuous to the top, but the craters are majestic. Clouds often sweep in that create very scenic effects. I need to get a wider angle lens to capture the whole effect.

  • Mahesh Ramesh February 5, 2009 09:54 pm

    My favourite place is in Chennai, India.. Its called "THE BROKEN BRIDGE", cuz its broken...! Its just above the place where The Adyar Creek Meets the Ocean In Beasant Nagar! :) A sample shot to show the place's beauty.. Best part is the surroundings and the path to the bridge, full of sand, the creepers and occasional visits by snakes;)

    Check it out!

  • Andy Hemingway February 5, 2009 09:17 pm

    I love the hills, gritstone edges and drystone walls of my native Yorkshire. Although I photograph the Peak District in Derbyshire quite a lot too - who cares about man-made boundaries! The landscapes of the Pennines is such a large part of my upbringing and is very personal to me.

    One of my favorite locations are the abandoned Millstones on Stanage Edge near Hathersage. This spot is photography heaven. Great foreground detail with a breath-taking vista as a backdrop. I can return here again and again to catch different atmospheres and weather conditions.


    I also have a long standing love of the Scottish Highlands. But that's another story for another day!

  • Kshitij Shah February 5, 2009 08:29 pm

    Has to be Kerala, India. Exotic combination of beaches, backwaters, valleys, rolling hills and tea gardens

    Check it out on my flickr


  • marco February 5, 2009 08:20 pm

    I love to shot panoramic photos almost everywhere here in Sicily (Italy) were I'm actually living..
    here's some:

    shot with a Nikon D60 and 18-55mm

  • Neil Wood February 5, 2009 08:20 pm

    Virtually on my doorstep and so many wonderful things to shoot - http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilwood1/1260621703/in/set-72157601725619634/

    Edinburgh has to be one of the best places to be a photographer.

  • Joanie February 5, 2009 07:48 pm

    In San Diego, there are numerous places that are exceptional for landscapes or that offer a variety of settings for portraits. One of my favorites is Balboa Park, simply because it's so large and has so many different looks.

    My other favorite location is Old Poway Park (Poway being the City in the Country in North County San Diego)

  • amir February 5, 2009 05:09 pm


    the beach at dusk.

    i live not far from the beach, i love to photograph the ocean and beach photos at various times of the day, my favorite being dusk time, for great sunset photogrpahs i love very much.

    i love it because of the feeling of being out in nature, the beautiful scenery and the feeling of freedom i feel when i'm at the beach.


  • Angela February 5, 2009 04:55 pm

    My favorite lately is an abandoned ranch in the north part of the county. Going there is technically trespassing so I guess I can't recommend it, but boy do I love it. It's wonderfully preserved and I always feel like a proper cowgirl wandering around there.


  • Abhilash February 5, 2009 03:50 pm

    The backwater of Kerela in India give you some of the best scenery photo ops.

    Examples on my blog. See the last 2 images in this post. These are taken with a simple Sony DSC S80 P&S. I now also have a Sony A300 DSLR.

  • Abhilash February 5, 2009 03:48 pm

    The backwater of Kerela in India give you some of the best scenery photo ops.

    Examples on my blog. See the last 2 images in this post. These are taken with a simple Sony DSC S80 P&S. I now also have a Sony A300 DSLR.

  • Nieziam February 5, 2009 02:46 pm

    had planned several times before to visit Taiping Lake Garden. Being influence by its scenic views from the photo i have seen from the website, i finally manage to be there on the Chinese New Year holiday. Arguably, Taiping Lake Garden offered a great panoramic view which can give anybody to enjoy and appreciated the greenness of earth. With it adorable landscape start from an old and big tree along the pedestrian lane with the mountain background and it green grass completed by its lake layout give me a calmness in my minds. It worth of my time to be compensated by the beauteous views from this great Taiping Lake Garden., Perak, Malaysia :)

  • Chuck Loesner February 5, 2009 02:28 pm

    Iceland is pretty scenic, but not in a warm and cuddly kind of way...


  • Matheu February 5, 2009 01:54 pm

    I live right on the Beach in Florida so most of my landscapes are either sunsets over the water or just the the beach itself.
    I know sunsets are cliched but as long as I am the one behind the camera there will be pictures of them.

  • Duke February 5, 2009 01:42 pm

    I have two favorites, extremes to say the list. Both a photographers' dreamscapes. In the summers, the grand and gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, as depicted here: http://www.pbase.com/dulaurence/image/104096379. In the winter, a sliver of barrier island called Anna Maria, depicted here: http://www.pbase.com/dulaurence/image/91415132

  • Barbara Lee February 5, 2009 01:17 pm

    I went on a trek and camping excursion to Southern Patagonia in November of 2008. It is a wonderful place to take photos. Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Torres del Paine, and all of the glaciers and icebergs with the amazing blue and cloud filled skies - you just can't go wrong. Check out my portfolio at my website here

  • Barbara Lee February 5, 2009 01:16 pm


  • Paulson February 5, 2009 01:11 pm

    My fav for landscape is to take Mount Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia... The view is actually from a bridge called the Sulaman bridge.. for the past 8 yrs I drive pass this bridge everyday to go to work.. here's some pics of the view i get everyday (but never bored with it)...


  • Lara February 5, 2009 12:57 pm

    Tasmania, Bream creek

  • Don Stilton February 5, 2009 12:33 pm

    I'm not sure I have a favorite but one of my all time favorites is the Maroon Bells located just outside Aspen, Colorado. This picture was taken just after sunrise June 25, 2008 at 6:56 a.m.


  • Mike Brown February 5, 2009 12:22 pm

    I think my favorite place for landscape photography would be Ireland, and particularly the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry in western Ireland. In a relatively small area, the scenery varies from rugged cliffs and seascapes to the greenest rolling hills anywhere, with picturesque cottages and stone walls, ancient beehive huts and stone forts, standing stones... it's got everything.

    Here's a link to a page with some of my Ireland pictures.

  • Tameika February 5, 2009 11:55 am

    The location I love most for beautiful pictures is the Central Coast, NSW

    Here is one of my favorites. It was hard just to choose one. http://tami19.deviantart.com/art/Lake-Sunset-2-47210177

    Sunset is a great time of day to take some really good snaps. Sunrise as well, though good luck getting me up that early lol.

  • Ernest February 5, 2009 11:38 am

    The Maine coast, especially in the Acadia NP area, in the early morning.

  • Elissa97 February 5, 2009 11:25 am

    I have to agree with Richard, the Canadian Rockies. I took the Rocky Mountaineer train trip through there in 2005 and I can't wait to do it again. They have domed cars and an open porch on the back of the car as well. I took all my pictures from the back of the moving train....in October. It was cold but it was worth it. It's a trip that I would recomment to everyone. You eat on the train in the dining area, but you sleep in hotels. I stayed in the Jasper Park Lodge, the Chateau at Lake Louise and the Banff Springs. You are almost guaranteed to see wildlife. We say many Bald Eagles, Moose, Elk and Bear. It's a must see.


  • Ana G. February 5, 2009 11:00 am

    I have never been so sure about a landscape as I did with the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.
    This picture was taken on January, 2009 during the wet season. Its like a gigantic mirror and you can't even tell when the horizon begins...

    I hope you enjoy it


  • ROB February 5, 2009 10:43 am

    Like most Australians I live on the coast, and while I enjoy creating images of coastal scenes, I actually prefer heading inland.

    Landscapes change dramatically only 50km from the coast. The landscapes often are dry, populations sparce and while the scenes may be farm scapes, evidence of major human habitation fades away.

    Inland Victoria, Australia

    While this example is taken in strong sunlight, I prefer to wait for warmer light at the start of end of the day. This image is a stitch of around 10 vertical images to show off parched landscape as a result of the current drought conditions.

  • Richard Siggins February 5, 2009 10:16 am

    My favorite place has to be the Canadian Rockies - Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks. The mountains are spectacular, the glacier fed rivers and streams are beautiful, plus the glaciers themselves. I've spent 18 days there in two trips and really really want to go back.

    Here's a link to some of my favorites.

  • mary February 5, 2009 10:13 am

    My favorite landscape location is a beautiful landscape park called Natirar, in Far Hills, NJ. It has a stream and a small river running through it, and is part of an estate that once belonged to the socialite Kate Macy Ladd, and also the king of Morocco. Here is a winter shot (actually two -- my blog header is also from Natirar):


    There is a two-mile pathway among mature trees, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk. :)

  • Melissa Punti February 5, 2009 09:57 am

    One of my favorite places to travel and snap some beautiful landscape shots in the world has been China. I was fortunate enough to travel to The Great Wall of China twice. Once to Badaling; the highest section of The Great Wall, and Mutianyu; the longest section of The Great Wall. The attached pictures were taken in 2005 with my first digial camera, the SONY DSC-F717. Please enjoy...

  • Jay C. Jones February 5, 2009 09:55 am

    It has been overphotographed, but one could drop their camera and get a good shot at Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado, USA.


  • Jay C. Jones February 5, 2009 09:54 am

    It has been over photographed, but one could drop their camera and get a good shot at Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado, USA.

  • Ed D February 5, 2009 09:33 am

    Most of my landscape shots have been in and around the Denver Colorado area. I just retired and have decided to head out to the plains area. Everyone shoots photos of the mountains, but seldom of the other 1/2 of Colorado.

  • Tiger February 5, 2009 09:10 am

    Although there are many places, mostly US NPs that are so photogenic, being among them Yosemite, Zion, Big Bend, Great Smoky Mountains, Bryce, Arches, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, Olympic, and Painted Desert, my new favorite location to photograph is Canyonlands. http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2629610870053442417lsfyPE

  • Tim C February 5, 2009 09:06 am

    I like to head back hoime to Bridgetown, a small country town in the South-West of Western Australia. It is so colourful and vibrant down there.


  • Luis Murillo February 5, 2009 08:57 am

    I mostly like the mountain area of Costa Rica, since it's where I live and where I've gone to take photos, though I've recently gone up a water tank to take a photo of a sunset and that's my favorite place right now that is very reachable


  • Charles Vaughn February 4, 2009 11:17 pm

    I have not had the chance to get to very many places, but my favorite is only an hour from where I live. It is Letchworth State Park . It is near Rochester NY.

  • Charles Vaughn February 4, 2009 11:14 pm

    I have not had the chance to get to very many places, but my favorite is only an hour from where I live. It is Letchworth State Park . It is near Rochester NY.

  • Brian Gailey February 4, 2009 04:43 am

    My favorite landscape spot is Crater Lake National Park, a link to my Crater Lake Gallery is below


  • David February 4, 2009 02:27 am

    My favourite place to photograph is Buachaille Etive Mor in the Highlands of Scotland . It's a massive and quite distinctive mountain .
    It changes shape as you drive past it and it looks totally different because of its shape and the surrounding mountains. The best time to photograph it is probably in the middle of the summer or in January with some snow on it . It's only about 90 miles from where I live so it's easy to get to for me .

  • Pascal Parent February 3, 2009 10:45 pm

    The three roudavels at Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is breath-taking. This is a composite of 4 photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/onlyinsouthafrica/2790314934/in/set-72157606906928156/

  • Steve Briant February 3, 2009 07:22 pm

    My favourite spot is the Wirral. The Sunsets can be dramatic at times http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/show_image.php?imageID=66874&page=1, and there is plenty of variety in the subject matter from for example this http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/show_image.php?imageID=41014&page=1 to this http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/show_image.php?imageID=1782&page=3. Oh, and its on my doorstep which encourages me to take more photos.

  • Digital Photography Tips February 3, 2009 02:47 pm

    My favorite spot is all over Colorado .. sadly the last time I shot there was in 1991 and I felt extremely limited because although I had a Nikon F4s and a monster bag full of film .. it just wasn't enough. Every year I keep saying I'm going back but then end up somewhere else ... this year I'm heading back with no limitations on how many frames I can fire off. :)

  • Maria February 3, 2009 12:19 pm

    Lately, I've been exploring the Sonoran desert around where I live. There are many Jeep roads and trails that lead to endless desert vistas.

    Start in Wickenburg, AZ and head northeast on Constellation Road or follow the course of the Hassayampa River (via Jeep or other 4WD vehicle) to some remote landscapes.

    Here's a photo I took yesterday at an old mine site on the river:

  • MarioG February 3, 2009 11:49 am

    The mountaneous terrain of Loja Province in Southern Ecuador. The combination of the height of the southern Andes Mountains, the rolling clouds coming from the Western Pacific coast and the sun setting over them creates an incredible combination.

  • dirvish February 3, 2009 08:50 am

    My favorite local place is Bidwell Park. It is one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S.


  • Randall February 3, 2009 08:26 am

    There are so many places that are fantastic to take pictures of. Since I am currently in florida, the gulf coast area seems to be my favorite.

    This is one of my recent ones.


  • Ashes February 3, 2009 08:06 am

    I am lucky enough to live just a couple hours drive from one of the world greatest drives: The Great Ocean Road along the west coast of Victoria, Australia.

    The scenery is breathtaking and the areas for lookouts are sublime.

    I would have loved to upload a link to some happy snaps I have taken along the way, however, i was having server difficulies. If you just look up Great Ocean Road in Flickr, you will surly get the point!

    Cheers and happy shooting!

  • Elias C February 3, 2009 07:03 am

    Not sure if this counts because it's more of a cityscape, but one of my favorite locations is Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.

    I love it because depending on the weather, time of day, etc... you can get an incredible variety of beautiful Seattle shots. During the right time of year the moon rises right over the Space Needle. I have yet to get a shot like this, but I hope to one day.

    Tips: Bring a tripod!

    Here's a night shot I got a few days ago. Click the image once for a larger view. http://e12dollarz.deviantart.com/art/Seattle-at-Night-2-111568593

  • Chetan February 3, 2009 05:21 am

    One of my favorite place is BALI, Indonesia. It is one of the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Great culture (Indian !), very pretty, ancient architecture, very pleasant climate, modern outlook. And it is a photographers delight with every place having some thing to offer for the photographer. A MUST SEE. I enclose a link of some of my pictures to give you a quick look.


  • Mike Richards February 3, 2009 03:17 am

    It has to be the completely awesome Gullfoss in central Iceland. It's on the so-called Golden Circle tour out of Reykjavik and is one of the must-see places in the country. The River Hvítá makes two plunges into a deep canyon at this point, turning from a wide, relatively gentle river into a foaming torrent. In winter the area freezes up with huge icicles hanging from the canyon walls and the surroundings glazed with ice. There are bigger waterfalls (Dettifoss in the North), but this one is just stupendous - and relatively easy to get to!

    In summer it's something of a tourist trap, but early in the morning or in winter (when Iceland stops being ludicrously expensive and just becomes eye-wateringly expensive); you can have the place almost to yourself!

    Just some words of warning. In winter, central Iceland is terrifyingly cold and windy - you need protective clothing. If you're planning on driving in winter, take a four wheel drive as weather conditions can change suddenly, or better still take one of the tours offered by the likes of Reykjavik Excursions (http://www.re.is/) or the brilliant SuperJeep (http://www.superjeep.is). Also, the country does live up to its name - there's a lot of ice in winter, and they don't grit every path and pavement - you might want to get some clip on ice-spikes for your boots or a walking pole.

    Sadly the last time I went there my camera completely malfunctioned, but I found some photos of Gullfoss' awesomeness at:


    And if you do go to Gullfoss, make sure you also go to the Geysir thermal region and photograph Strokkur erupting - if you time it correctly, you get the most amazing blue bubble of water in the instant before it explodes, and make a panorama from the cliffs at Þingvellir.

    Mind you, trying to find one great landscape photograph in Iceland is almost impossible, the whole country is staggeringly photogenic.


  • Lars Dahlin February 3, 2009 02:56 am

    I really love the Froson island in Jamtland, Sweden.
    The site lays quite high and have wonderful views over the mountains.


  • Jordan Woods February 3, 2009 02:02 am

    Quantock hills in the north of somerset. There are some great locations around the quantock hills, and if you go there on the right day you can get some fantastic photo's too.


  • icyfyer February 3, 2009 12:48 am

    I lived in Italy for 3 years. My favorite location to photograph was the Isle of Capri. but there is so much beauty in Italy that I started a group on Flickr for the whole country. Most of the pictures are mine, but some are contributed by a friend of mine.


  • Juehua Yin February 3, 2009 12:31 am

    I live in Alexandria, VA. Huntley Meadows Park is a good place to go. There is no entrance fee at all. It's a unfrequented park and the stuff building closed at 5 PM, so to walk out the park after sunset can be a little bit scary.

  • Jon February 2, 2009 11:53 pm

    My favorite landscape place is Punch Bowl Falls, off of the Columbia River in Oregon. It's located a couple of miles up a rest stop called Eagle Creek.

    I love it because, in my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Punch Bowl Falls has a very serene setting with mossy trees, a calm pool and steep canyon walls on each side, to make it very secluded. They are 35 feet tall, and if you don't have that perspective, you might think that they are 4 feet tall. The place in the rocks where the water comes through is a perfect punch bowl, hence the name.

    The last few years the falls have a large tree that has fallen in front of them, so I used a few tricks I learned in aerial photography to overlap and leave the log out.

  • Ankol Tom February 2, 2009 11:41 pm

    There is a place that i love to take pictures of and it's located at Tuaran, Sabah. Watching sunrise from this place is so beautiful and I'm starting to do my project with some friends of mine taking pictures only on weekends ( depending on the weather ).

    Here is my picture that I have posted

    www.ankol13.com or www.flickr.com/photos/ankol_tom_pictures.

  • GaryJS February 2, 2009 10:01 pm

    The landscape in the North of England is hard to beat!


  • Tom Fry February 2, 2009 09:36 pm

    The most stunning view I've ever seen was a sunrise at the Grand Canyon! I waited in freezing cold for several minutes but it was definitely worth it! This is the most amazing place to shoot at!

    Take a look at my panorama at:


  • Paul February 2, 2009 08:39 pm

    I love waterfalls, and the waterfalls of the North Shore of Minnesota do not disappoint. Gooseberry Falls is the "first" park heading up old 61 on the shore:


    The Falls are a "four season" destination for photographers, with something to offer at all times of the year (I am plotting to go up there soon to see it in ice and snow)

  • Josenivaldo Benito Jr. February 2, 2009 06:32 pm

    I am not an experienced photographer and I know almost anything about how to take good shots. However, everyone will agree with me, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, almost everyone can get good shots. I believe that one with good skills can do a good job there.

    Here is my try: http://picasaweb.google.com/jrbenito/RioDeJaneiroVisitaAoPODeAUcar?authkey=kRTpy1OKsFw&feat=directlink


  • Dave Wilson February 2, 2009 05:49 pm

    Hi all - living at the western fringe of the English Lake District can host a lot of great landscape opportunities.
    Ennerdale is my closest lake and it is my favourite because it is very easy and accessible to all people of all ages. So many different shots are available from one single lake! It can look so different.

    This is my latest shot from Ennerdale, I'd never seen this done here so I thought I'd give it a go.

  • Heimana February 2, 2009 05:48 pm

    I'm now living in Brussels, Belgium, but I grew up in the Verdon's Canyon in the upper Provence region, South France. The Verdon's Canyon is about 30km long and up to 700m at the higher point, with cliffs of about 300m high. Not as huge as the Colorado one, but definitely the biggest in Europe.
    My mother still lives there so I try to have some holidays each year there and besides free climbing, I also take the opportunity to photograph the place...
    Here's a link to a little trek we took with friends, in the narrowest point of the canyon. You can only go through when water is low, otherwise you have to go back (that's what we did).
    Enjoy !

  • Omar February 2, 2009 04:47 pm

    My favorite location is in North of Pakistan in the Baltistan region. So many fantastic lakes, villages and mountains (and one giant plateau), but this lake really stands out for me:


    Even though the shot was taken in poor light, I love the reflections of the surroundings in this lake and would love to go there again and shoot in good light

  • Dennis Newman February 2, 2009 02:07 pm

    I agree with Justpeachy. Eagle Cap Wilderness is drop dead beautiful and wonderful photo opportunities abound, but I like The Three Sisters area in Central Oregon best. Hwy 242, the Old McKenzie Pass, offers wonderful views of the Three Sisters mountains. It skirts extinct volcanoes and lava fields. You can see many mountain peaks such as Three Fingered Jack, Mt Washington, and sometimes Mt Hood. There are alpine lakes and meadows that contain many different wild flowers.

  • zeb palmer February 2, 2009 12:49 pm

    A favorite spot for many photogs in Idaho is little redfish lake. Just finished a few photos from there I took back in november. Add several feet of snow to the foreground for an idea of present day.

    Little Redfish Lake, Idaho

  • Scott February 2, 2009 12:27 pm

    I'm pretty fond of the Pigeon Pt lighthouse in San Mateo county, California. At different times of year, the sunset lights it up from different angles; in the right amount of fog, the beam from the lighthouse is nicely visible.

  • Alejandro Z. February 2, 2009 11:25 am

    So far, my best landscapes are from Córdoba, Argentina. But I'd like to visit Neuquén, in northern patagonia, someday soon.

  • Marek Prokop February 2, 2009 10:54 am

    Very interesting thread. Well, I've been to many beautiful places, so I'll restrict the selection to the last year.

    1) The most beautiful landscape of 2008: Weißsee in the Hohe Tauern, Austria -- breathtaking mountains, not so touristy in summer, yet easily accessible by car and cable car.
    2) The most beautiful city(scape) of 2008: Passau, Germany -- exciting Baroque architecture on a unique confluence of three rivers.

    My home land is beautiful as well, for instance Krkonose Mountains.

  • Taco John February 2, 2009 10:13 am

    No pics or tips because I haven't shot there yet, but if you go to the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, you can walk out to the bluff and have fantastic shots of West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Marina del Rey, even out to Malibu if the day is clear.

  • photonoob February 2, 2009 09:50 am

    My favourite spot is really close at hand - right outside my front door, oddly enough.

    I tend to macro photography rather than landscapes as a whole, but the way the landscape changes every season provides inspiration, and it's close enough (right outside the front door) that there's no excuse to not photograph it!

    This one is one of my favourite photos ever - it's actually a stitchup of three photos taken down by the fenceline, looking down towards the creek (you can't see the creek, it's all overgrown and jungle-y). The shape of the trees and the light (misty rain) made it something special.

  • Tarheel Rambler February 2, 2009 09:41 am

    The Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs through western North Carolina and Virginia, has a wealth of photogenic scenes. You can pull off in a scenic overlook or walk a trail through the mountains to get beautiful landscape images...it just depends on how much energy you have. There are also wonderful historic sites along "The Parkway" that are still wonderful subjects even though they've been photographed millions of times. One such site is Mabry Mill, which is along the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Here is a shot that I captured there last summer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarheelrambler/2614547846/in/set-72157605832437256/

  • Brett Matthews February 2, 2009 09:33 am

    The Central Oregon Coast.

  • Floriantanplan February 2, 2009 07:57 am

    I live in Switzerland (nooo ... not Sweden). It's a very small country with many lakes, mountains, forests and sometimes those three at the same place. I would recommand anybody who likes landscapes to travel to the swiss alps (italien and french alps are fine too).

    Here is an example of a picture I took at a place called Emosson :

    If you plan to make a trip to the alps, you can go for a one-day walk at this place (and many others), or (better) plan a whole week and sleep in a cabin (don't know if this is the correct word). Just one thing : wake up early :-)

  • Ken Klassy February 2, 2009 07:55 am

    I live and work in Antarctica. Lots of stuff you just can't get anywhere else.


  • arsheffield February 2, 2009 07:48 am

    I love Brazos Bend State Park, about an hour southwest of Houston. It's known for its wildlife (alligators, armadillos, and birds), but they have a fantastic old-growth oak forest covered in vines.


    Spring and fall are my favorite seasons to visit in...the gulf coast summers are hot and humid, but August will yield the deepest greens. Also, don't make the alligators angry, as there are no fences ;)

  • Bozo Tic February 2, 2009 06:36 am

    Well, I've been to many great places, but the one that really left me speechless or more like a true wow place was the Greek island Thira (also known as Santorini). And the greatest impression was this Amoudi bay:


    Just loved it, and when I was down there I was totally amazed as well.

  • Steve Berardi February 2, 2009 06:15 am

    My favorite location to photograph is the Mojave Desert, of the Southwestern United States.

    I like it because the desert is usually considered a dull, very brown, and desolate place, but in reality, there are actually a ton of beautiful colors there, and I love finding them.


  • Balavenkata Ravi Pitchuka February 2, 2009 06:04 am

    The best vacation I have had till now is the one in Canadian Rokies. This is unarguably one of the most beautiful location with spectacular natural beauty.

    It is very hard for me to choose any one particular location of all the scenic spots I've been to in Banff & Jasper. Here is the the link to "The Photo" I would choose if I was forced to make this choice

  • Aaron Brown February 2, 2009 05:52 am

    My favorite location so far has been in West Maui. It's nothing but farmland and scenic vistas with 100 ft rocky drops the ocean below.

    Here's an example of a shot I got while on my honeymoon:

  • --Deb February 2, 2009 05:47 am

    Ooh. Easy question for me. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. My very favorite vacation spot and, oh, so pretty in a classic, New England way.


    Ocean. Fishing boats. Quaint shops. White houses. Flowers. Beaches. Forest. Clay cliffs. It's just such a beautiful place. My grandmother grew up there, my Mom spent all her summers there when she was small, and I've been going up since I was 15 ... Just love it. Quintessential New England.

  • Valarie February 2, 2009 05:31 am

    Sorry, that website with other landscape photos of boring old Ohio is: http://throughtheaperturephotography.terapad.com/

  • stamos February 2, 2009 05:27 am

    Sorry, I submitted it too fast. This is a mountain artificial lake in Greece. It is easily approachable by car, you can circumnavigate it on foot, it is extremely photogenic every time of the year and in addition there is a very nice looking monastery nearby presenting even more photo opportunities

  • stamos February 2, 2009 05:23 am


    Mountain lake called DOXA (that's glory in greek)

  • Rodney Boles February 2, 2009 05:22 am

    I've traveled to some fantastic locales for photography - Utah, Arizona, Montana, Alberta, Alaska, New England, Mexico, and many more. I think my favorite to date has been Monument Valley (on the Utah/Arizona border). I only intended to stop there for an overnight, getting pictures in the afternoon and evening the first day, and then some morning shots before I left. But as I was tearing down by campsite, one of the primo campsites right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Mittens opened up. I ended up staying there 2 more nights. I'd do day trips during the day to other nearby locations, but would try to be back by sunset each day. The best part, though, was waking up just before sunrise, stepping out of my tent, and getting pictures as the sun came up.

    I would love to go back. The trip I described was with my little Sony F717 digicam (a really nice camera). Now that I've got a nice DSLR setup and increased skills, I can't imagine the shots I'd get.


  • Valarie February 2, 2009 05:14 am

    Cuenca, Ecuador is where I got one of my favorite landscapes of all time - and this was before I had my dSLR! I had only my crappy old point-and-shoot, and had to take the photo from the open window of our van, as no one else wanted to stop and get out. Hopefully inspiration for those of you who can't afford more than a $50 camera:


    My other favorites are just boring places in Ohio and can be found at my website (I'm not very active on DeviantArt anymore). There are a lot of old barns, windmills, bridges, etc. just waiting for a spectacular cloud formation to catch the sunset. You can find a great landscape anywhere (one I found behind my old apartment building)!

  • Hilde February 2, 2009 05:04 am

    I'm from Norway (thanks for your nice comment about my country), and I guess I have some scenic locations relatively near by. But my big dream was always to travel across the USA and photograph different kinds of scenery. Almost two years ago the dream came true - together with a friend I made a roadtrip through half the states. We visited many beautiful places, but I want to mention two that brought me shots (and experiences of nature) that I've always dreamt of:

    The desert(ed) roads of Newberry Springs, California (en route to Las Vegas):

    ... and my favorite location ever. Monument Valley in Arizona/Utah:

    We were caught in sand storms at both locations - so my main tip to anyone planning to seek out these locations is to make sure you use a UV filter to avoid damage to the lens, don't switch lenses outdoors, and perhaps most important: Don't just look through the viewfinder! Make sure you take some time to put the camera down and just admire the view!

  • Mirko February 2, 2009 04:57 am

    For me this can only be one location: Scotland or more precisely the islands of Islay and Jura. They are part of the inner hebrides west of Scotland and famous for beautiful landscapes and whisky. As a fan of both my latest trip to the islands has been a highlight and brought about hundreds of fine shots. For an example have a look here: http://shun.aminus3.com/image/2009-02-01.html

  • Matt White February 2, 2009 04:50 am

    I love Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. I got to live in Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland, for a few months a couple of years ago. Fiordland is the location of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and a lot of other amazing views.


  • JeffPHenderson February 2, 2009 04:47 am

    One of my favorite places to photograph is in Santa Cruz, California. I live only 25 minutes from this scenic and eclectic beach town. One of the reasons I enjoy Santa Cruz so much is that three are so many different things to photograph, from the beach, surfers, Lighthouses, Boats, the Boardwalk, Down Town, Victorian Architecture, etc. Here's a link to a photo I particularly like http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffhenderson/2676634006/

    Here's a link to my Santa Cruz Set on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffhenderson/sets/72157612223018262/

  • Brad February 2, 2009 04:42 am

    Without doubt!!! 3 Cliffs Bay in Swansea South Wales

  • Al Wasserberger February 2, 2009 04:40 am

    Recently I've been taking more photos in Central America - Costa Rica and Belize in particular. The angle of the sun and the constant greenery can make for great contrasts. Here's a great example: http://tinyurl.com/b4unvy.

  • philipp February 2, 2009 04:36 am

    A Photo from my Home-Town :)

  • Brian Auer February 2, 2009 04:34 am

    My favorite landscape/seascape location is at the Torrey Pines gliderport in San Diego, CA. It's an amazing view from atop the 300 foot sand cliffs that extend along a good portion of the beach in this area. From here, you can see several miles down the beach in either direction. Paragliders and hang-gliders are often cruising along the edge of the cliff, and they make for interesting subjects.

    If you visit this location, bring a WIDE angle lens. I love shooting with my Sigma 10-20mm pulled all the way back to 10mm. The wide angle gives the location a great sense of size. Pick a breezy day (so the gliders will be active) with patchy clouds, and you've got some great ingredients for a photo.


  • Andy Tinkham February 2, 2009 04:31 am

    I'm partial to the MN Landscape Arboretum outside Minneapolis. It's not that far outside the metro area, but it is one of the most peaceful places I've ever been. The sheer variety of plantings there make for an endless variety of shots even before you start adding all the seasonal changes.

    I've taken a lot of photos there. One in particular that I like (though choosing just one is difficult) is here.

    For someone visiting for the first time, I'd advise them to drive the 3 mile loop first and start to get a sense of the different areas. Then, either during that drive or afterwards, stop the car in one of the many parking areas and take off on some of the trails that go deeper into the woods or the bog. Those tend to be a lot less populated (most people seem to stick to walking/driving the loop and the beds near the visitor center).

  • Yogesh Sarkar February 2, 2009 04:21 am

    Ladakh, it is heaven on earth. Here is a link to some of most beautiful photographs of this high altitude cold desert, http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/road-ladakh-captured-t6265/

  • Kevin Remy February 2, 2009 04:01 am

    I don't really have a favorite one, but one of my favorites is Hong Kong. It is a city in China, and it is mountainous and has a lot of different kinds of landscape

  • Steve Berardi February 2, 2009 03:32 am

    My favorite location to photograph is the Mojave Desert, of the Southwestern United States.

    I like it because the desert is usually considered a dull, very brown, and desolate place, but in reality, there are actually a ton of beautiful colors there, and I love finding them.

    My favorite photograph from the Mojave is a moonset at Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Tim Walden February 2, 2009 03:31 am

    Until I visit Alaska, Yellowstone National Park will always haunt my dreams. Breathtaking sensory overload awaits around every corner. I've longed to return since the very second I last left the park. Here are some examples:

    Lower Falls

  • DuffyKnox February 2, 2009 03:03 am

    Although I live in California where there are many places with spectacular landscapes, the place I most love to go to is Zion National Park in Utah. Here's a picture I took on a trip there last fall http://www.duffyknox.com/gallery/7038977_VjcEv#450828878_kif6d

    The slot canyons are beautiful and the colour of the rock is otherworldly. If you have never been there you should definitely make some time to do so.

  • Andrius February 2, 2009 03:00 am

    Dead Dunes in Neringa, Lithuania.

    The location is quite amazing - moving dunes which are at least a bit different every time you go there. You are surrounded by sand in the middle of them, and there is a beautiful view to all the possible directions. And the sand is always great for those amazing textures.

    You can find more photos from the location in my flickr stream.

  • Massimo Belloni February 2, 2009 02:59 am

    I live in Itlay and travel a lot, but there is a specila place close to my home I like much, it's the Mount Cenis lake (an artificial lake with a dam), which is on the border between Italy and France. It is a beautiful location, good in all the seasons, and easy to reach for me.

    An example (but there are others on my photoblog) is


    Take a peek!

  • Chaz February 2, 2009 02:57 am

    My favorite landscapes are beaches, particulary west facing beaches at sunset.

    This photo http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17691832 is one of many that I shot during a November trip to Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

    Evening photos over the bay are another favorite location for me. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17690445

    Why I like beaches, and bays (or mountain shots out to the bay is they afford sweeping views that can really give you a taste of a place. (I keep a bunch of these photos changing as the background on my screen just to keep me warm in the winter.)

    My tip for sunset photos is take a lot of them, starting 15 minutes or so before the sun goes beneath the ocean horizon, you'll get at least a few winners in there.

  • Nedyalko Petkov February 2, 2009 02:40 am

    so far it's Salzburg the Alps great location here are some samples


  • Daniel February 2, 2009 02:39 am

    Well, I have two favorite sites: Here in Venezuela, my favorite is Valle Arriba, you can see Caracas from there, and it's very safe and it's easy to get there. Here's an example http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielito311/2965940599/

    The other place is in Buenos Aires, Argentina ... It's Puerto Madero, an area with lots of good restaurants, and also it's safe and easy to get there by bus http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielito311/3168943148/

  • fswerk February 2, 2009 02:28 am

    i do nat have one single favourite location. mainly i love to take photos in saxon switzerland or in the Thuringian Forest.
    third on the list would be anywhere in the alps

  • Tony Gálvez February 2, 2009 02:27 am

    Although I live in Brazil I'd say my all-time favourite location is the Argentinian Patagonia and its fantastic combination of mountains, larger-than-life glaciers and amazing wildlife. The blocks of ice of Perito Moreno glacier are particularly awesome. The glacier is 6 km wide and 15 km long so you can expect chilling temperatures nearby. Always carry a second battery with you (keep it in your pocket for warmth). Use gloves for as long as you can. If you fail to observe this advice, there will be a point when you will no longer be able to shoot. Frozen fingers are not great to navigate the controls of the camera.

  • Abhy February 2, 2009 02:22 am

    I have traveled to some 15 countries and many exotic places (with or without a camera) but my favorite landscape location will be The Fjords in Norway

    Here's a shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhy/1463559999

    My only advice is that if you haven't seen a fjord, add this place to your list of must-visit places!

  • dgwhitham February 2, 2009 02:21 am

    Living in the northeast, most of my landscapes are basically cityscapes. One of my favorite places to shoot is Weehauken, NJ - it provides an amazing view of Manhattan. Here is one of my shots on my blog.

    I recently had a chance to go out to San Francisco, and was able to spend a morning photographing the Golden Gate Bridge. It was absolutely beautiful there.

  • justpeachy February 2, 2009 02:20 am

    I have many favorite landscape locations, but one of the most beautiful I've encountered is the Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon. It is a beautiful area with rugged mountains, clear lakes, and amazing scenery. Here is one of my favorite shots taken in the wilderness, at Horseshoe Lake.

    Two things I can definitely recommend for photographers who come here. 1) Be fit. Many trails are well-maintained, but there are many steep and rocky places. Plus, the high elevation makes you lose your breath faster. 2) Bring a wide-angle lens. The scenery is RIGHT THERE in front of you most of the time, not far away, and a wide-angle will be the best bet in most situations.

  • LisaNewton February 2, 2009 02:18 am

    Living in California, my natural inclination is to go to the beach. I never get tired of hearing the waves, seeing the blue sky, or just watching the people. Of course, having the sand squish between my toes is a great feeling. Here's a few of my favorites I took in San Diego.

  • Steve February 2, 2009 02:07 am

    My favorite landscape location would have to be Mount Rainier National Park. There are so many spots to make a photographer drool there - the mountain, the glaciers, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife...it's epic.

    Here;s my favorite pic from last years trip:

    If you go for wildflowers you'll have a pretty small window of time when they are all in bloom. And if you are planning to shoot up on the mountain use a polarizer. It will be your best friend up there.

  • Dave Kozlowski February 2, 2009 01:59 am

    West Texas!


  • dcclark February 2, 2009 01:53 am

    I happen to live in an extremely picturesque place: Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. I can literally see three or four great landscape subjects from my front door.

    Here is one of my favorites: the Portage Lake Lift Bridge (yes, I'd say this is included under the category of "landscape"). Here is the photo at my photoblog.

    The lift bridge is the iconic image of the Keweenaw, and far too many photos have been taken of it. I particularly like this one because of the rich colors (no postprocessing except for basic level), the ice on the river, and most of all, the story that goes with it (see the blog post).

    For other photographers who might come to this distant and cold corner of the United States, I recommend finding your way off the beaten path. There are a lot of tourist traps up here, but your best bet is simply to find a trail and walk on it, see what there is, and have your camera ready. Try not to be overwhelmed by your choices!