Handara Iconic Gate

The Handara Iconic Gate is a very popular Instagram location. Either you come very early in the morning to take some shots, otherwise you will need some time and nerves. This location is so crowded, that you need to wait 1 hour to get a possibility for a picture without people. Before entering the gate, you will need to pay a fee of IDR 30,000 per person, when you are not located at the resort.

There is not much specials to consider, just enjoy this amazing location.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Bedugul, Bali
  • GPS Position: 8°15’11.3″S 115°09’29.6″E
  • Time: allways
  • Access: ticket on entrance
  • Drones: no restrictions
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Etosha National Park

It is not possible to recommend the perfect location in such a huge National Park, because the animals are changing their walking routes daily, but I want to tell you at least my favourite spots where we spotted a pack of lions and several herds of elephants. Nevertheless, you can find many different spots always close to the water holes.

We spotted the pack of lions parallel to the east-west road between Okondeka and Adamax in the North of Okaukejo near 18°59’37.6″S 15°50’07.3″E in the early morning. After entering the park at sunrise, we moved directly to the north and had luck to spot the king of jungle/desert. When the road crossed the path of the lions, we could come so amazing close to these amazing animals. It was a moment, which we will not forget forever.

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Burg Eltz

Best time for photographing Burg Eltz is early morning or late afternoon, otherwise it is massively crowded. I didn’t expect to find so many crowds there. I think only Angkor Wat and Taj Mahal were more crowded even at sunset.

To reach this location, you can park your car at the parking location on the top at 50°12’42.8″N 7°20’21.5″E. Now there are two ways to reach the castle. I really recommend to use the road at the south end of the parking space, where the shuttle is operating and not the foot path at the west of the parking space. Taking the road on the way down to the castle, you will find the first outlook at the small chapel at 50°12’26.8″N 7°20’12.3″E and the second one at 50°12’27.5″N 7°20’17.1″E.

Down at the castle you will find the most famous frontal view on the castle at 50°12’22.4″N 7°20’11.5″E and there are several possibilities for a beautiful sideview by taking the footpath on the right of the castle.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Wierschem, Germany
  • GPS Position: 8°16’30.4″S 115°09’59.1″E
  • Time: sunrise, sunset
  • Access: no special access needed
  • Drones: not allowed in this area
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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Pura Bratan is a location which is hardly connected to luck for weather conditions. We had always either bad weather with deep fog or sunny without any clouds. Maybe just bad luck. Nevertheless, this is an amazing photography location for landscape, travel and Instagram photography. You can just enter the area before opening ours through the main entry.

If you want to rent a boat before opening hours, just ask some of the workers in the area, they can organize you a boat for small fee. Really friendly stuff.

This location is also great to meet other passionate photographers. I meet Stefan & Janina from thewolf0ftravel on their world travel. Thanks to Janina I could take some beautiful photos for Instagram, as replacement for Elise, who preferred to take a longer sleep. Love you anyway sweety 🙂

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Bedugul, Bali, Indonesia
  • GPS Position: 8°16’30.4″S 115°09’59.1″E
  • Time: sunrise, sunset
  • Access: no special access needed
  • Drones: not allowed in this area
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Kolmanskop

Get a sunrise to sunset permit a day earlier to enter the museum by your own. The official opening hour is around 9:00 am and closing hour is around 1:00 pm. Wait for the perfect low light to get the best light play between the room of the abandoned houses. I recommend mainly the buildings around the below mentioned GPS Position. They are the most popular and most spectacular, but nevertheless check out also the other houses. There is always something to find out.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Lüderitz, Namibia
  • GPS Position: 26°42’14.1″S 15°13’51.8″E
  • Time: sunrise, sunset
  • Access: special permit for sunrise and sunset
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Munduk Moding Plantation

Staying at least one night in this beautiful resort gives you the possibility to make some sunrise and sunset pictures at one of the most amazing infinity pools in the world. The view is majestic. You stay above the clouds. More infinity is not possible.
Pay attention that this spot is very popular and many guests want to shot at sunset, therefore calculate some waiting time. Try to not be to early on row, because the light is getting better and better.
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Photo Spot:

  • Location: Munduk, Bali
  • GPS Position: 8°14’23.8″S 115°04’14.5″E
  • Time: sunrise, sunset
  • Access: one night stay
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Dead Vlei

What a great and calm place. If you see the sun going down at this place, while hearing the silence of nature. Just amazing. There is no special position in Dead Vlei. There are so many beautiful trees and perspectives from you can choose. Be creative.
To be able to stay a bit longer in the park, make sure that you stay in the Sossus Dune Lodge. In this case you can start your tour one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset. But keep in mind that Dead Vlei is around 60km from the Lodge and the last few kilometers are only accessible with an 4×4 vehicle and lower speed.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia
  • GPS Position: 24°45’32.9″S 15°17’31.4″E
  • Time: sunrise, sunset
  • Access: 4×4 vehicle necessary / normal permit is between sunrise and sunset / staying at NWR camping or lodge give you access between 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset / night photography: special permit to be organized upfront
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Manta Bay

Biggest chance to see mantas is at the Manta Bay at the coast line of Nusa Penida. You can take tours every morning from many different locations. We took a morning snorkeling tour from Nusa Lembongan with 4 different snorkeling locations. First at Manta Bay to see Manta rays, afterwards Crystal Bay and other spots at the coast line of Nusa Penida.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Manta Bay, Bali
  • GPS Position: 8°44’18.8″S 115°27’11.0″E
  • Time: sunrise
  • Access: tours (private or group)
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Taj Mahal

Be one of the first at sunrise. It is becoming very early very crowded and it stays the complete day crowded until sunrise. The most famous photo position is in the middle of the garden with a straight view on the Taj Mahal. You will get beautiful reflections in the water.
This photo spot is located inside a locked area. Please check the opening hours, which are around sunrise to sunset.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Agra, India
  • GPS Position: 27°10’23.9″N 78°02’31.6″E
  • Time: sunrise or sunset
  • Access: from sunrise to sunset
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Potala Palace

Another crowded photo spot, which is worth to wake up early. The view on the majestic Potala Palace is just stunning.
But this location doesn’t offer much space, therefore be around one hour before sunrise to get space to place your tripod. I was 30 min before sunrise and I had to settle for a less than optimal position. I had to wait until the first photographers left their space to get a better position.
This photo spot is located public and can be accessed 24/7.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Lhasa, Tibet (China)
  • GPS Position: 29°39’08.1″N 91°06’54.1″E
  • Time: Sunrise
  • Access: Public place / 24h
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