The new issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK is out now, and jam-packed with autumnal adventures – from a gastronomic journey through Spain and quick getaways in Europe to a spooky trip to the USA’s Deep South.
Take a look at a few of the photos that didn’t quite make the cut this month and discover what makes a great shot as photographer Stuart Butler talks us through a photo from his story on Kenya’s Maasai lands.
South Tyrol, Italy
Writer Oliver Berry visited this German-speaking corner of Italy for our feature on Törggelen and its harvest festivals.
‘This photo is of a typical mountain village near the Val di Funes, a valley leading off into the Dolomites. You see many such villages travelling around South Tyrol, perched high amongst the peaks, with little houses topped by steeply-pitched rooftops and arranged around an old church spire. It looks like a fairytale, but there’s also the brooding presence of the Dolomites looming in the background. It sums up the landscapes in this part of Italy: beautiful, but a bit ominous too. In the end, though, the weather conspired to give us even more dramatic views’.
Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic
On assignment for our Great Escape feature, writer Mike MacEacheran travelled to the little-visited Lago de Oviedo – a saltwater lagoon inhabited by rhinoceros iguanas.
‘What I’ll remember most about the experience wasn’t that we had the entire reserve to ourselves, or the adventurous boat trip across the lagoon (we got stuck on a mud-bank), but the confident guy in this picture,’ says Mike. ‘Despite our presence, he crept farther along the branch and out into the sunlight, posing for 15 minutes without as much as a twitch. It was as though he wanted to make sure we got his best side. In the end, we were spoilt for choice with wildlife shots, and this little guy didn’t make it in.’
‘Stockholm has so many fine views, it’s hard to pick just one’, says Rory Goulding, who visited for our Perfect Weekend feature on the city.
‘Most of the best are from the cliffs that run along the north side of Södermalm island. This photo was taken on the Monteliusvägen – a walking path that isn’t as well known as some viewpoints. You can see the Riddarholm Church with its distinctive cast-iron spire, and the large, apricot-coloured building that used to house Sweden’s parliament. Beautiful as the view is, for the final edit I went with a viewpoint on the other side of the water, on the terrace of Stockholm’s city hall, where the Nobel prize dinner is held. I wanted to tell a story not just about what I could see in front of me, but what was special about the place I had my back to.’
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Writer and photographer Stuart Butler walked through Kenya’s Maasai lands while researching the Lonely Planet Kenya guide.
‘Before taking this picture of James, a Maasai man, I’d already spent a day and half with him and his family – and I’d actually met and photographed him the year before. He remembered me, and I was able to give him a print of the images we took that first time, which made him relaxed and happy for me to photograph him again.
I prefer to shoot only at dusk and dawn when the light is soft and dramatic. I often find myself using a low-down angle which gives something of a ‘hero’ look to the subject. I use artificial light in almost all my portraits.; flash allows me to control where the shadows fall on a person’s face. In this case the lights were set up behind James and just out of frame to the right.’