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Yesterday CNN published an article in its Travel silo, under its "CNN Style" brand, cross-posted from its Wired sister publication, about airport tarmacs. That doesn't have anything to do with the content of the story itself, it's just something that we found odd and thought we'd bring to your attention. It's just not a travel news combination that you see every day. You're welcome.
In any case: meet Lauren O'Neil. The Brooklyn-based designer finds pictures of airport runways on Google Earth, crops and colors and adjusts them until they become something approaching art, and then posts them on her Tumblr page. If you're an airport geek - or an art geek, we suppose - you should already have clicked on that link and be looking at the photos. Go do it, and then come back to learn about the rest of the CNN article. Seriously.
Just like clockwork, it's that time of the year for National Geographic's Annual Photo Contest and if you're looking to take a prize, you need to act fast. For those with the knack for finding the perfect composition of an unforgettable moment, NatGeo wants to see the fruits of your labor in the form of stunning pics.
As in recent years, the publication opens up their inboxes to one-of-a-kind photos from readers to crown a winner for best shot. Entering is as easy as uploading a photo to the website and paying a $15 entry fee; the magazine is happy to take multiple entries with multiple fees.
There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline, dramatic and backlit. It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action. The first of those times occurs next week, over a span of three evenings, May 28-30. Clear out those memory cards and charge up your camera!
During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.
Planning a vacation is hard enough when you think of all the decisions to be made, from picking destinations to choosing airlines and hotels. That's why we're pretty excited to check out this new travel app that marries photo-sharing sites and TripAdvisor. Views On Top lets travelers browse photos from their destination and cherry pick what they'd like to see.
Its target are the time poor travelers, as the app allows users to check out stunning shots of locations shared by either locals or other tourists. It even assists in travel photography; perhaps you want to get your own shot of the Taj Mahal at dawn or the perfect capture of Copacabana Beach from a secret roof deck, well snap-happy visitors can share tips for snapping that perfect shot.
We've waxed enthusiastic about Instagram for what seems like forever, including trends like carpet designs and even celeb travel selfies, but a new trending hashtag (with over 320,000 images!) has us shaking our heads.
This hashtag#crewlifedocuments the more casual aspects of what it's like to be part of an airline's crew. All these flight attendant selfies on social media means cabin crew are snapping while in uniform. On planes. Quite possibly while working.
Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.
This Week: The 4 Instagram Travel Photo Mistakes to Avoid
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Let's be real. Nothing is more embarrassing than a selfie stick, but you can't just travel around with a personal photographer in tow. Or can you?
Flytographer.com finally has a solution for travelers who are struggling for selfies, consistently disappointed with vacation photos, or feel like they're not living in the moment with an eye to a viewfinder. That solution is to book a local vacation photographer who will tag along to craft an informal photo shoot in your destination.
You'd think, with Instagram celebrating its fourth birthday this year, that the limits of intriguing new accounts would be stretched. Alas, we still find new and interesting people to follow, and one such account is @usinterior. It's actually the official account of the US Department of the Interior.
They've been active on the app for nearly two years, but only now are they taking the step to get interactive, announcing a contest to join in their first Insta-Meet for the reopening of the Washington Monument on May 12. You see, the monument closed after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the DC area in 2011. This caused cracks near the top of the monument, closing it indefinitely...or at least until May 12.
The opportunity to be among the first back into the national landmark sounds awesome, but there is a major catch:
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"She is an iconic ocean linerthe only one of its kind in service."
An iconic ship needs a photoshoot worth of a diva for a decade of service and, in the case of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 10th Anniversary, that's exactly what she got.
In case you haven't yet seen the incredible photos, check them out right now because we've got a video of exactly how the at-sea photo stunt was made possible.
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We’ve said our piece about how we think you shouldn’t even attempt to take photos of the Northern Lights until your second time around, but as travel writers, we do understand the urge to capture the moment. Below, we’ve put together a few tips on how to increase your chances of taking a good shot.
For those of you who either a) don’t have a sophisticated enough camera or b) agree that a camera should not get in the way of experiencing the moment, we have an alternative idea for you: Let someone else take the photo.
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Our assistant editor, Will (aka Wake), has been busy on the trail of the Northern Lights in Norway. Below, he describes his experience, along with his reasoning for why he didn’t bring along his camera.
After a few nights of anticipation and washing down cod chips with Northern Lights beer, I finally saw the Polar Lights in all their glory about an hour outside of Tromso in the Arctic Circle. There are a lot of words to describe the evening: Powerful. Incredible. Fascinating. Colorful. Inspiring.
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Lots of things have changed technologically since this contributor was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, but perhaps none as drastically and efficiently as photography. And even though most of us would be unwilling give up our digital cameras and go back to the days of developing film, there's most certainly a sense of nostalgia when it comes to the physical photos that have become all but extinct in today's world of iPhones and Instagram.
It is absolutely incredible to think that just twenty or thirty years ago we pushed a button and the photo came out the front. That's right, the Polaroid! A few years ago, we wondered whether they would ever make a comeback. Well, call it what you will, but a bunch of them just showed up in West Palm Beach as part of an exhibit called The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation at the Norton Museum of Art.