7 Places You Must Visit, According to a Globetrotting Photographer Couple

Travel Photographer and Pelican Pro Chris Poplawski and his fellow photographer spouse Meagan Bourne have visited numerous nations looking for solitude and wonder. Throughout their adventures, the couple has visited all over the place from the rocky shores of Kauai to the luxurious surroundings of the Faroe Islands, documenting the landscapes and tradition that make these locations particular.

Poplawski and Bourne have seen all of it, and share completely with PetaPixel seven areas each journey photographer ought to go to a minimum of as soon as of their life.

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Kauai, Hawaii

While most guests to the island chain that sits 2,000 miles southwest of California come to loosen up on the seashore, people who do miss out on the true various fantastic thing about the Hawaiian Islands which is on full show on Kauai. Sharp mountain peaks, deep valleys, jagged cliffs, and gorgeous waterfalls all greet photographers who make the trek to the northernmost island within the chain.

Na’Pali Coast, Hawaii with Mauna Loa Helicopters

“Kauai is a dream location for us,” says Bourne. “We love aerial pictures and being within the ocean with our waterproof housing, and Kauai is the right location for each. We extremely suggest taking a helicopter trip off Na’pali Coast, because it’s simple to get unbelievable photographs at any time of day or in any climate, though late afternoon is the prime time.”


“Every time we return to Kauai, we all the time discover one thing new and distinctive,” she continues. “There are numerous hikes that lead to picture worthy areas, however generally our favourite photographs come from the hike itself as you would possibly end up strolling alongside a path overlooking a sheer cliff with the waves crashing a whole bunch of toes under.”

Na’Pali Coast, Hawaii with Blue Ocean Adventures

“For us, Kauai offers such an abundance of pictures alternatives, however usually Chris and I’ll put the cameras down and simply benefit from the quiet, calm and stress-free environment that Kauai offers.”


When individuals first consider Italy, their imaginations are stuffed with visions of steaming pasta and full glasses of vino. And whereas the food and drinks of this historic European nation are actually not to be missed, Italy can be a great location for photographers.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terra, Italy

“I actually couldn’t think about visiting Italy with out Chris,” says Bourne. “Italy is simply a kind of locations that we love touring to collectively. Even if we by no means took any pictures, there may be a lot that we love to do. We are avid espresso lovers, so it’s all the time enjoyable for us to see what number of espresso outlets we will go to in a day. And after all, after a lengthy day of taking pictures, it’s good to unwind with an unbelievable meal and a gelato dessert.”

Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy
Positano, Italy
Atrani, Italy
Santuario de la Madonna della Corona, Italy

“When we do ultimately put down the fork, there may be a lot to {photograph},” she continues. “The wine nation in Tuscany is all the time gorgeous, particularly whenever you get excessive on a hill and {photograph} the low solar because it lights up the inexperienced vineyards.

“Along the Amalfi Coast, you might have these cities with these lovely, shiny buildings constructed into the rocky shores alongside the coastlines. Venice, whereas overwhelming and fairly touristy, nonetheless is price exploring together with your digital camera. And we couldn’t clarify our love for pictures in Italy with out mentioning Madonna della Corona, a lovely church constructed into the facet of Mount Baldo, close to the city of Verona.

Seceda Mountain, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Seceda Mountain, Dolomites, Italy
Lago di Braies, Dolomites, Italy
Alpe di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy

“When you might have had sufficient historical past and pasta, you may journey to the Dolomite mountains,” Bourne recommends.

“You can’t actually put the expertise that the Dolomites present into phrases. It is definitely a number of the most lovely surroundings now we have ever seen. You can by no means convey sufficient reminiscence playing cards to the Dolomites. Even the hikes could have you stopping each thirty seconds to get one other picture. I believe the most effective recommendation we may give for when touring to Italy is that you need to all the time get up very early. In the well-known Lago di Braies within the Dolomites, the most effective picture is correct when the solar peaks and lights up the mountains behind the lake. In normal although, all of Italy is at its most interesting within the early morning, earlier than the nation totally wakes up from its pasta and wine induced slumber.”

Faroe Islands

While Iceland wins the recognition contest when it comes to Nordic pictures, the Faroe Islands present countless alternatives to seize moody and vibrant panorama photographs. Located 200 miles north of Scotland and midway between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands have a distinctive panorama in a laid-back setting.

Drangarnir, Faroe Islands

“We have been to the Faroe Islands six instances now, and I can’t ever think about it not being our annual journey,” Poplawski says. “I’ve heard it known as ‘Iceland’s little sister’ and whereas measurement smart, Iceland does certainly dwarf Faroe, I discover simply as many photographic alternatives on this little archipelago. The Faroe Islands are a lot much less visited, main to extra genuine experiences. The panorama makes you’re feeling like you’re on one other planet and even in dangerous climate, they supply a drama that interprets so nicely into images. It actually is a photographer’s dream.

Tindholmur, Faroe Islands
Saksun, Faroe Islands
Funningur, Faroe Islands
Sorvagsvatn, Faroe Islands
Tjornuvik, Faroe Islands

“Even although it’s small, the Faroe Islands appears like a highway journey vacation spot,” he describes. “When you drive you’ll find your self stopping the automotive always, as there are such a lot of picture alternatives round each nook. Even if you happen to photographed the identical winding highway or Nordic cabin the day earlier than, it’d look utterly completely different because the climate and the sunshine is continually altering.

“I actually use all of my pictures gear after I journey by way of the Faroe Islands, so I preserve my Pelican 1535 Air Case simply accessible, both within the backseat or the trunk. Having all of my gear within the case saves me time after I need to change lenses and get a number of pictures from the identical vantage level.

“The TrekPak Case Divider System within the 1535 Air makes my gear simple to arrange, so every bit of my pictures gear, from cameras to lenses to drones, has its own residence. When I see a picture I need to get from the automotive, I’m by no means frantically making an attempt to bear in mind the place I put my extensive angle, as a result of I do know precisely the place it’s. Driving by way of the Faroe Islands, the pictures alternatives are continuous, so it’s simple to get lazy. But I worth my digital camera gear, and in the end, I want it to make a dwelling. So as tempting as it’s, I by no means put a lens in a cup holder or a door pocket, as a result of the 1535 Air is really easy to entry, my lenses are all the time going again to their well-protected dwelling when they aren’t in use.

Saksun, Faroe Islands
Saksun, Faroe Islands
Mulafossur, Faroe Islands

“In the Faroe Islands, the locals and the federal government actually respect the landscapes that make their dwelling so particular,” Poplawski continues. “This is clear within the annual ‘Closed for Maintenance, Open for Voluntourism’ marketing campaign. The initiative, led by Visit Faroe Islands, closes nearly all climbing trails and vacationer points of interest throughout the islands for 2 full days. They invite each locals and vacationers alike to be part of forces in erecting indicators, constructing viewpoints and creating strolling paths to assist preserve the elevated tourism sustainable. As far as I do know, no different nation does something like this, and it’s simply one other reminder about how distinctive and particular the Faroe Islands are.”


Rich in historical past and wonder, Greece is much from off the crushed path for vacationers. Even so, the couple returns again and again for a number of causes.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

“If Travel and Leisure have been a nation, it will be Greece,” says Bourne. “While Greece isn’t off the radar by any means, there may be a lot to see that, for us, it’s definitely worth the crowds. Like Italy, that is one other nation that we love to journey to collectively. The meals is all the time scrumptious and distinctive, and now we have discovered a few of our favourite inns and Airbnb homes in Greece. There are the standard pictures hotspots like Santorini, however there are a lot of locations which can be far much less crowded and simply as lovely. We liked Ios island, which is small, however a excellent place to discover. The Greek Islands seem to be they have been made for rest. We are so used to driving lengthy distances, climbing, and all the time being on the go. The Greek Islands are a place the place we will simply truly take pleasure in our time, with out a schedule or any worries.

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece
Zakynthos Island, Greece
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece

“One of probably the most photogenic locations in all of Greece additionally has perhaps the prettiest seashore on the planet,” she particulars. “On the island of Zakynthos, Navagio seashore sits on this lovely cove with steep, white cliffs on both facet of the distant strip of sand. But the most effective half is that there’s a shipwreck proper there on the seashore. In October 1980, the MV Panagiotis ran aground in stormy climate, and the federal government simply determined to depart it there. It makes for unbelievable images, particularly from the air. There is a firm that operates scenic flights over the island and the seashore and is a must-do exercise in order for you to get some nice pictures of this unbelievable seashore from a distinctive vantage level.”

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The usually photographed Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada stay up to the hype. While summer season right here could be too crowded for many, Poplawski and Bourne go to within the shoulder seasons, when the crowds are thinner and the pictures is extra dramatic.

Morraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Castle Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

“We have spent a lot of time in Banff, however it’s so large, I really feel like we haven’t even scratched the floor of all the locations to discover,” Bourne says. “Banff has actually elevated in reputation over the previous couple of years, so it’s necessary to comply with the principles so as to preserve the area sustainable. Make certain to get your permits for any backcountry climbing that you really want to do. It is an additional step within the course of, however a number of the most gorgeous scenes in Banff lie removed from the parking heaps. And after all, no journey to Banff is full with out a helicopter tour of the area. This part of the Rocky Mountains is dramatic, and it’s greatest skilled from above.”

Joshua Tree National Park, California

While not probably the most talked-about desert National Park in California, Joshua Tree’s shut proximity to the dense metropolis of Los Angeles makes it a frequent weekend getaway for Southern California residents.

“Joshua Tree is all in regards to the expertise,” Poplawski describes. “There are so many distinctive Airbnb lodging within the space, from transformed Airstreams to the standard ‘desert’ home, all inside 10 minutes of the National Park entrance. The desert isn’t for everybody, however if you’re on the lookout for quiet solitude, Joshua Tree is a must-visit. The bushes the park is legendary for are fascinating, and each is exclusive so that you all the time have an abundance of composition choices to your pictures. But for us, the true magic of Joshua Tree occurs after the solar goes down. The Milky Way right here is unbelievable, and utilizing moonlight or synthetic mild on a Joshua Tree can create partaking astrophotography alternatives.”

“There are a lot of nice desert hikes in Joshua Tree, and whereas most are underneath 3 miles complete, it’s necessary to do not forget that that is a harsh desert atmosphere,” he continues. “We all the time use GPS apps to monitor our actions, within the uncommon case that we get misplaced, we’ll know the place we got here from. This shouldn’t be the atmosphere that you really want to be misplaced and disoriented in. Bring extra water than you assume you want. Meagan and I each have our 64oz Pelican water bottles utterly full earlier than we embark on any hike, even when it’s only for a mile or two. We have realized the arduous manner that you just don’t know you’re dehydrated till it’s too late, so we’re always ingesting water, even after we don’t really feel thirsty.

“The climate in Joshua Tree is so unpredictable, you would possibly even get a little snow! A few years in the past, I introduced the workforce from my inventive company, The Untold Narrative, on a retreat to the desert. When we awoke on our first morning, I may barely open the cabin door because the in a single day snowfall was so deep. We have been all excited, and we raced out into the park and began driving round and capturing pictures from all the most important viewpoints.

“I wasn’t ready for such a sensory overload, so I had forgotten to change the just about full SD card in my digital camera. In my anxious pleasure, I dropped my Pelican 0915 Micro Memory Card Case deep within the snow as I tried to swap out reminiscence playing cards. I frantically looked for it because the snow continued to fall throughout me, and after a couple of seconds, I discovered it and was completely happy to discover not an oz of moisture entered the case. I can’t depend what number of instances that little case has saved a few of my most necessary photographs. Loads of the areas we go to are humid, or we’re always in and round water, and the sturdiness of the Pelican 0915 Micro Memory Card Case has by no means failed. I’ve tried numerous SD card instances, and I’ll by no means use one other one apart from the Pelican 0915 Micro Memory Card Case.”


While it is likely one of the 50 states, Alaska’s far distance from the remainder of the United States together with its hard-to-access wilderness makes it one of many least visited states within the nation. Over 40% of the state’s 365 million acres are federally protected, making Alaska some of the untouched areas on the planet.

Denali National Park, Alaska with Talkeetna Air Express
Lake Clark National Park, Alaska with Rusty’s Flying Service
Just exterior of Denali National Park, Alaska with Talkeetna Air Express

“Even with the rise in outside tourism in recent times, there may be one place within the United States that also feels untouched,” Poplawski says.

“Alaska is nicknamed ‘The Last Frontier’ for a motive, and even right now, the thousands and thousands of acres of wilderness nonetheless stays principally untouched. On the opposite facet of the coin although, you might have to actually work for the most effective views in Alaska. You can’t simply drive to most of the state’s National Parks. Often, you want to rent a personal bush airplane. But these bush flights yield heart-pounding pleasure and unbelievable views, so ensure you have your digital camera totally charged and on the prepared earlier than you’re taking off.

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Lake exterior of Denali National Park, Lake
Wilderness shut to Anchorage, Alaska
Hatcher Pass, Alaska
Knik River, Alaska

“These distant corners of Alaska aren’t for the faint of coronary heart. You want to be dedicated and totally respectful of what Mother Nature not solely offers, but additionally what she is able to unleashing. But if you’re up for the problem, ‘The Last Frontier’ will wind up being the journey of a lifetime.”

Eklutna Lake, Alaska

Poplawski describes what it has been like touring together with his pictures accomplice for therefore a few years. “When Meagan and I first began our pictures journey collectively, we have been so hyperfocused on getting the ‘Instagram’ shot. After a whereas, it nearly felt prefer it began deteriorating our enjoyment of the journey. Then we realized, to have longevity to find a way to do that as a couple, we wanted to not be so centered on all the time getting the shot, so we actually began to loosen up a bit and begin dwelling a regular, but thrilling, journey way of life. We began actually doing what we liked, like climbing and snowboarding, and began incorporating our pictures into our day by day life, as opposed to the opposite manner round. Feeling like we have been now not all the time chasing the picture has finished wonders to our mindset and our happiness. Seeing how a lot our canine Sage enjoys our outside adventures with us is all the time a reminder that the true enjoyable is within the journey itself, not the pictures that come from it. For us, remembering how lucky we’re to stay in such an unbelievable world filled with various magnificence and pleasure has not solely made our pictures higher, however our experiences are all the time getting extra pleasurable as nicely.”

More from Chris Poplawski could be discovered on his web site, and Instagram.

More from Meagan Bourne could be discovered on her web site, and Instagram.

Full disclosure: This article was introduced to you by Pelican

Image credit: All pictures by Chris Poplawski and Meagan Bourne.

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