Landscape Photography That Will Spark Your Inner Wanderlust

Patagonia awakes by Marco Grassi on 500px
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Have you always been a kind of a person who wanted to go around and explore the world, but never really gotten a chance ? Or are you somebody who is looking for places to go? 

Places that would leave you in awe and truly satisfy your inner wanderlust? Photography is a very strong tool of communication and something that pushes you to go chase your inner spark or just let it burn. 

There are a lot of people out there who are into visiting new places and are always up for an adventure but there are pretty clueless when it comes to deciding that where should they explore. 

Here is some amazing landscape photography that would take your breath away and maybe sometime soon you find yourself exploring one of these amazing destinations?

beautiful mountain photography
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Valley of the Moon, Chile

Valle de Luna in Chile’s Atacama Desert is probably one of the most enchanting places to spend an early morning watching the sun rise over the surreal landscape, perfect to click some amazing photographs. 

The valley earns its name from the lunar land forms carved by centuries of battling wind and water; imagine a lunar landscape filled with deep shades of pink, purple and gold transforming as the sun rises to reveal distant volcanoes, giant caverns and eerie saline outcrops, that at first glance appear to be man-made sculptures.

The best time to visit is the crack of dawn, perched on a giant sand dune poised and ready to take an other-worldly snap (or several) of the transforming landscape – you really will feel like you’ve been to the moon and back

beautiful landscape
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Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China

When you first take a glance at the magnificent white water river waterfall in Lijiang you will be astounded not only by its beauty but also by its colour; the water here appears white and is naturally cleaned and purified by the gravel stones resulting in crystal clear water. 

Created by the run-off from Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, take the chance to wade through the icy waters and get a shot of the majestic snow-capped and the trees lining the Baishui river bank. 

On a calm day you will be able to catch the reflection of the mountain in the Baishui River and from the river bank you can snap both – the white snow-capped mountain peak perfectly complementing the unusual white tones of the river.

swimming hole beautiful landscape
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Ojo del Mar, Argentina

Ojo del Mar is a natural phenomenon that cannot be missed, situated 4km away from the village of Tolar Grande this lesser known spectacle offers some unusual yet memorable photo opportunities. 

One of the few places in the world that these stromatolites or formations are present, these water sources are bordered with a salt crust and offer more shades of blue than you would think possible. 

The stromatolites present here in Tolar Grande are the only known on earth living at this altitude and are said to have shared much the same environment as the first ever living beings would have, some 3.5 million years ago.

Take the chance to snap these enchanting water holes and on a still day the surrounding mountain ranges reflect perfectly in the water; the red of the mountain range against the azure clear waters offering remarkable contrast shot. 

Whilst you are here take a hike to the hidden sand dune where at the top you will be rewarded with a 360 degree view of the area and the opportunity for that perfect shot of the Sacred Macon Mountain and the surrounding compelling landscape

Ojo del Mar in argentina
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Mirror Lakes, Fiordland, New Zealand

New Zealand really is a landscape photographer’s paradise and no landscape is more paradisaical than the mirror lakes on the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound. 

Situated on New Zealand’s south island this natural phenomenon really takes your breath away, ideal to stretch your legs and take some first class photography on the drive to Milford Sound.  

The best time for that money shot is calm, still day when the glassy waters act as a perfect mirror reflection of the Earl Mountains, popular for hikers and tourists alike this really is a photographic opportunity not to be missed.  

The journey into the heart of Fiordland National park is literally brimming with striking photo opportunities – make sure you snap the avenue of the disappearing mountain, an optical illusion that causes the approaching mountain to appear smaller rather than larger as you approach – not to be missed

beautiful cliffs
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Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

Katherine Gorge in Australia’s Nitmiluk national park is made up of thirteen dramatic gorges carved out of ancient sandstone and aboriginal rock art perfect for a series of snaps. 

Capturing the outstanding natural beauty is a task that is surprisingly simple – whether it is from the air on a scenic flight across the thirteen gorges or hiking the 58km Jatbula trail in one of the many lookout points perfect for that iconic image. 

Although to really capture the essence is to dig out the waterproof camera and hop on a canoe and get that shot inside the gorge, this offers a totally different perspective and one that is slightly more off the tourist trail.  

Why not try taking the same shot but from all the different angles to truly appreciate this diverse and stunning landscape and finish the day at Smitt rock where you can watch the deep shades of orange as the sun sets over the gorge.

Nitmiluk National Park beauty like paradise
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Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

Lofoten is the photographer’s fantasia. An archipelago within the Arctic Circle in Norway, the scattering of islands boasts nearly every different type of scenery, from craggy mountains and peaks to sparkling open seas, sheltered pebble bays, golden stretches of sandy beach and endless untouched land. 

This is partly due to the archipelago having one of the world #8217;s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude, and makes it the perfect place for budding photographers keen to capture as many different landscapes as possible.

If you are landscape photography and looking for places to go out and test your skills on then these are perfect places to visit and bring out your inner photographer. 

Let us know in the comments below which one of these places called out to your soul?

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