Ngorongoro crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. Located near the Serengeti in Tanzania, the crater is home to lions, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, rhinoceroses, hippos, zebras, flamingos and more. The caldera walls envelope a dense ecosystem that provides some of the best animal watching in Africa. The shot above was taken from inside the crater near an alkaline lake. The striations on the right side of the hill are game trails the animals use to enter and exit the crater.
When I was visiting some of the famous orthodox churches in Kiev, Ukraine the sky opened up and it started to pour. I quickly found shelter under a nearby portico. Several locals and tourists gathered underneath and we all waited for the rain to stop. I decided to take some shots to pass the time. This woman looks like she has been waiting out the rain her entire life.
Essaouira is a city located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Many of the locals make a living fishing the nearby waters. When I visited the town in October, the seasonal winds had started to shift creating seas that were too rough for the small fishing boats. Nearly every fisherman was forced to wait out the weather and had moored their boats in the local harbor.
Above is a photo I took of the crashing waves, for perspective the rock is roughly 15 feet tall.
Walking in Bucharest on a Saturday afternoon, I entered one of the Eastern Orthodox churches. Inside a wedding was taking place. It was a small ceremony and there was room in the back for me to watch. Four priests administered the ceremony, each wearing gilded robes and jewelry. They would switch between reading passages from the bible and chanting songs. While not the exact music it sounded very much like this:
After touring Rio De Janeiro for a day I decided to visit the famous Sugar Loaf site. I timed my visit to occur during twilight in order to see the lights of the city come to life. The entire week prior the city had experienced non stop rain. Not only did I get lucky with clear weather, but the prolonged rain had cleared the normally hazy air. The view was outstanding.
Rio might have the most spectacular natural setting of any city I have been to.
A close up of Copacabana
Once the sun goes down the statue of Christ shines above the city. The sun setting behind Christ the Redeemer statue
Outside the city of Luang Prabang, Laos are the famous Kuang Si waterfalls. There are dozens of waterfalls that meander through the jungle, some cascade only a few feet into turquoise pools, others fall several hundred feet off limestone cliffs. The area is popular with tourists and locals. Many of the pools are swim-able, some even have rope swings tied to nearby jungle trees. After spending the afternoon seeing the falls, I saw two Buddhist monks admiring one of the pools. I realized it was an opportunity for a great shot, the orange robe of the monk in front of the blue-green pool. If I could slow the shutter speed sufficiently I could blur the running water in the background. I steadied my back on a tree, cranked the f-stop to 22, and the shutter speed to 1/6. I took several shots knowing most would come out slightly blurry. Luckily the monk didn’t move much and I was able to get a sharp shot.