T+L Asks: Photo Fantasies
Published: June 2009
Where's the best photo op in the world?
Over the years I've traveled to 66 countries. Without a doubt, it is India that offers the best photo opportunities. The elegant Taj Mahal, the majestic palaces of the maharajahs in Rajasthan and Gujarat, the ritual bathers in the Ganges at the holy city of Varanasi, the sea of colorful saris worn by women everywhere–all are phenomenal.
San Diego, Calif.
I'd have to pick the ruins of Persepolis, outside Shiraz, Iran. I took incredible shots of the crumbling remains of this ancient Persian city and captured images of women in somber black chadors and also lively Bedouin children. One of the Bedouin boys loved my camera and was eager to take my picture. Now that's a real photo op, when your subject finds you just as exotic and turns the camera around.
With patience, the sun at your back, and a bit of good fortune, you can get a shot of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with a double rainbow arching into the torrents of water.
Newport Beach, Calif.
I love the panoramic maze of buildings and gardens of the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada, Spain. Superb shots are guaranteed in the reflecting pools, intricately patterned rooms and porticoes, and carefully composed floral "carpets."
Los Angeles, Calif.
Just viewing the Rock of Gibraltar gave me chills. I could see the coasts of both Spain and Africa.
It's almost impossible to take a bad picture in Ireland. Our camera broke while we were traveling from Dublin to Dingle, so we had to use a disposable to capture the people, hazy shorelines, green hills, sheep, islands, and amazing sunsets. Our pictures turned out beautifully, even the ones we took in the mist–it's almost as if the whole country is lit from within.
Teri Smith O'Rourke
Palm Desert, Calif.
The best photo op is right near where I live: Highway 101 on Oregon's Neahkahnie Mountain. On clear fall days there are people all along the road, there to snap pictures of the incredible vistas of forest and ocean. But I'm lucky to have such beautiful views all year long.
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