We asked for your best vacation and travel photos on Facebook, and you responded. Here are some of our favorites, as well as the stories behind the shots.
Congratulations to our winners. Each gets a copy of The Photographer’s Eye Field Guide (right) by Michael Freeman, a leading travel photographer, courtesy of Focal Press, as our way of saying thanks.
Ray Chong made this image at the Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddhas in Ringha on the Tibetan Plateau. “I’ve been to many places of worship in my travels but Ringha felt different," says Cohng, "I could feel the sacredness that permeated the grounds. " Gear: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm lens. Exposure, 1/3000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400. See more of his work: http://xinapray.wordpress.com/
Ralph Velasco captured this slice of life at the Amber Palace in Amber, India, outside of Jaipur. Gear: Nikon D300s, lens not known. Exposure: 1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200.
Steve Rabouin chose to capture the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip from above at night. Gear: Olympus E-P2 with 14-150mm lens, 1/20 sec exposure.
Connie Fintel's family vacation shot looks like it could be a vintage-style ad for her family's 4-wheel drive vehicle, shot at the Outer Banks, NC. Gear: Canon D90, unknown lens set at 70mm. Exposure: 1/2500 sec at f/4.5. See more of connie's work at www.cjfintelphotography.com.
Amy Mcteague-Danielski photographed this group of children in Haiti while they were on a break from school. "They loved the camera as many have never even seen what they even look like since they have no access to mirrors," she said. "They would squeal and giggle when I would show them my LCD. My greatest gift would be to print all the photos from my trip and distribute them when I go back." No camera or exposure info provided.
Adrian Batutista's photo of these Filipino mountaineers has appeared in the National Geographic blog. It was shot on Tarak Peak of Mt. Mariveles in Bataan, Philippines. Gear: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-200mm lens. 1/1250 sec at f/8. See more of Adrian's work at www.adrianbautista.lens.ph.
Lisa Cutner-Piernot says this photo, shot in Jackson Hole, WY, has not been altered digitally, other than being watermarked in Adobe Lightroom. Gear: Olympus E-3. Exposure: f/2.5, ISO 600. Shutter speed not reported.
Rebecca Lynn Latson says this scenic of Giant's Causeway is one of her favorite photos from a 14-day trip to Ireland she took in May. Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f/4L lens set at 28mm. Exposure: 1/40 sec, ISO 250, aperture not recorded.
Dane Gabriel photographed a cliff diver at Rick's Cafe in Jamaica, "taking some time to relax before his next plunge into the emerald waters of the Negril coast." Gear: Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens. 1/40 sec at f/22, ISO 720.
Greg Sharpe was visiting Venice and spied this Ristorante on the Canals. "This was my favorite spot in Venice while visiting there in the summer of 2008," Greg tells us. Gear: Canon EOS Xti, EF 18-55mm kit lens. Exposure: 1/100 sec at f/5, ISO 400. Post processed into HDR.