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Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| India’s election day picture louder than words

Travel Photo| India’s election day picture louder than words

Updated: December 5, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
India Train

AGRA, INDIA – FEBRUARY 2012 – Student holds onto a train seat as he travels home on a four hour train ride from Agra to Delhi for India’s national elections in 2012 (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

India’s future:

Back in 2012 when I was training as a mountaineer with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute I decided to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal before heading East to West Bengal.  To make a long story short, the Indian airline I was planning to fly with went bankrupt and the day I planned to head back to Delhi was the day everyone was returning to their home cities to vote.

Luckily, with the help from the manager at my hotel, I was able to secure a seat on the overpacked train to Delhi.  Elections are extremely important in the world’s second most populated country with more than 1.2 billion people.  Religious, cultural, historical, economic and ethnic diversity make governing India a huge challenge for any politician and extremely important to the wellbeing of its populace.

Sitting on the train absorbing the chaotic atmosphere, watching people deep in discussion, people sleeping, eating and drinking as the chaiwala called out to the masses.  I captured this quiet thought provoking image in the eye of the human cyclone.  For me it represents the many hands of the country.  It represents men, women, and children who make up a country in transition a country that wants change; that needs change.

What do you see in this image?

Happy travels,



Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Iconic Tokyo city landscape

Travel Photo| Iconic Tokyo city landscape

Updated: December 2, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Tokyo Sepia

TOKYO, JAPAN – DECEMBER 2008 – Shinjuku is one of busiest places in Tokyo. From the main train station bridges, like the one this picture is taken from, features the iconic city scape Tokyo is known for (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Shinjuku Tokyo:

When I first started working overseas iPhones had just come out but were too expensive for a traveler budget, DSLR camera’s were only used by professionals, and I was twenty-four and just out of university.  Armed with my Cannon Powershot I spent three months working in Tokyo, Japan.  It was an exciting time to explore photography and get to know my surroundings.

This picture was taken near the end of my first teaching stint in the city on a December walk to see the Christmas lights and do some shopping in Shinjuku.  I chose to shoot it in sepia because it encapsulates the city as a warm and joyful memory.  Spending those cold autumn and winter evenings getting lost in one of the worlds biggest cities yet feeling at home; I loved it.

Japan is still one of my favourite countries in the world and I think it’s a place everyone should visit if given the chance!

Happy Travels,



Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Incredible view of Prague

Travel Photo| Incredible view of Prague

Updated: November 12, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Prague hike

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 2013 – Looking out over Prague with fellow Couchsurfers on a hike meet up (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Couchsurfing in Prague:

While backpacking through Europe with my sister we decided to see if we could find a couch to crash on in Prague.  Reluctantly, we ended up having to book a hostel but discovered that the Prague Couchsurfing community was hosting a series of events during the weekend we visited the city.  Luckily we joined up with a hiking group who took us on a fantastic hike just outside the city, and got the chance to learn a bit about the cities more contemporary history.

After the hike we joined some of the group for a traditional meal at a local brewery, but before heading down we all stopped to take in the view from its surrounding hillsides.  It was a great way to meet some new people, check out a part of the area that most tourists wouldn’t get a chance to explore, and snap a unique photo.

What I used: ISO 200 – 50mm – F/4.8 – Sec 1/2500

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Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Most beautiful lake in Canada

Travel Photo| Most beautiful lake in Canada

Updated: October 27, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Moraine Lake

BANFF, AB – Tourists on Moraine Lake in Banff National Park Canada (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Moraine Lake:

Arguably the most beautiful lake in Canada, Moraine lake is a natural Canadian icon that has filled traveler’s photo albums for decades.  Located in Banff National Park the bright cerulean blue waters reflect the natural wonders of valley of the 10 peaks that watch over it.

The incredible iridescent blue-green colour is a result of the sun’s reflection on rock flour (fine-grained rock particles created by glacial grinding  and brought into the lake via glacial melt water).   In the light of the day the majesty of the lake, its colour, and the enormous mountains that surround it are irresistible and hard to leave.

During the summer months Moraine Lake is one of the most popular tourists destinations in the Banff/Lake Louise region so get there early and enjoy a short hike around the main entrance or a more epic journey into the Canadian wilderness.

What I used: ISO 100 – 28mm – F/11 – Sec 1/650

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Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Horse riding in Mongolia

Travel Photo| Horse riding in Mongolia

Updated: October 24, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Gobi desert family

MINI GOBI, MONGOLIA – APRIL 6, 2012  Father and son prepare a horse saddle for a ride near the Mini Gobi Desert, Mongolia (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Like father like son:

The relationship between family and nature are deeply connected in Mongolia.  Mongolia might be the last country with truly wild horses, the horse population four times the size of their human counterparts.

With roughly four million horses and one million people it seems natural that the relationship between horses and humans would be so close. Mongolia’s weather extremes that reach 30 degrees Celsius in the summer can get as cold as -30 when winter comes, which creates a unique environment where families are reliant on the natural world around them.

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Stunning view of Beijing’s Forbidden City

Travel Photo| Stunning view of Beijing’s Forbidden City

Updated: October 9, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Jingshan Park

Man reflects as he looks out towards Beijing’s Forbidden City from the hilltop top of Jingshan Park – Beijing China

Reflections in Jingshan Park Beijing:

Once the imperial gardens for the 500 year old Forbidden City (the world’s largest palace complex according to UNESCO) Jingshan Park is the best place to get a view of central Beijing and offers the best view of the Forbidden City.

Located just north of the Forbidden City you can easily walk there or take a taxi if you’re not up for exploring.  Like me, arriving at Jingshan Park just before sunset allows for time to enjoy a walk through the gardens before heading up the hill in it’s centre.

Lost in thought as I looked out towards the ancient palace complex, before long, I soon realized that it was dark.  Since my camera is always in my bag I decided to take a crack at some night photography.  I never travel with a tri-pod which makes it difficult to get the perfect picture, but on this night I succeeded in capturing this gentleman as he sat listening to the radio.

The sights and sounds of the city, reflecting on it’s ancient past and modern future, and trying to capture that moment in time was one of my most memorable moments in Beijing.  It took me almost an hour to get this photograph but in the end I didn’t have to edit it at all; it was perfect.

What I used: ISO 100 – 28mm – F/5.0 – 10.0 Sec

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Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| China’s tropical paradise?

Travel Photo| China’s tropical paradise?

Updated: October 7, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Wanning Shimei Bay Hainan

Girl posing Wanning Shimei Bay,Hainan, China

Wanning Shimei Bay – Hainan, China:

This is does not look like the typical China we’re used to seeing in the media.  This photograph was taken on shores of the countries only tropical island Hainan.  Visiting a friend of mine from University his sister looks out towards Jiajing Island, located off shore of Hainan’s most luxurious resorts.

Le Meridien has hosted many famous tourists including the Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev.  Visiting the still pristine but rapidly developing island of Hainan I wonder what it’s future beholds.

With massive resort development projects filling the islands coast these beaches will certainly not be as beautiful or empty years from now.  When we arrived at Le Meridien, we showed up and walked right onto the beach after exploring the quiet 5 star hotel.

With the potential to house thousands of tourists combined with rapid wealth and development in China places like Wanning Shimei Bay will not look like this for long so get there soon if you can!

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Mountaineering Indo-Nepal Border

Travel Photo| Mountaineering Indo-Nepal Border

Updated: October 2, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Rathong Pass view

Himalayan Mountaineering Institutes base camp at Chowrikiang overlooking the Rathong Pass – West Sikkim, India

 HMI base camp:

Standing overlooking the Rathong pass at Chowrikiang, the location of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute’s base camp, one can’t help but appreciate the vast natural world we live in.

Training with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was one of the most challenging yet fulfilling experiences of my life.  It changed me as a person by challenging my global view, introducing me to amazing people, and physical challenging me in ways I never would have thought possible.

Standing in a place like this one can’t help but look behind me towards the Rathong Pass where a seven day trek will bring you to the small hamlet of Yoksum; a 7 hour drive from Darjeeling.

With no connections to the outside world training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was the longest I’ve disconnected from technology, something that seems to be harder and harder to do as it is ever present in our lives.

Learn more about mountaineering with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute 

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Pro surfing Montanita, Ecuador

Travel Photo| Pro surfing Montanita, Ecuador

Updated: May 23, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Professional Surf

Professional surfer in Montanita, Ecuador

Professional surf training:

Surfing is life for these professional surfers living in Montanita, Ecuador.  Preparing for a competition in Venezuela, the beach break and blustery onshore conditions were perfect for the unpredictable waves they were preparing for.

Standing on the beach their coach watched as the three pros carved through the waves like a spoon through a bowl of cream.  Standing on the beach admiring the skill that it takes to master the waves like this I had to run for my camera.

Using my 18-200mm lens I stood knee deep in the water waiting for the perfect moment.  Without the luxury of a professional lens I think this image captures the talent of a professional surfer, although it misses all the preparation, timing, and patience it takes to get to this point on the wave.

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Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Sunset in Ecuador’s surf paradise Montanita

Travel Photo| Sunset in Ecuador’s surf paradise Montanita

Updated: May 9, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
sunset montanita

Surfing the sunset in Montanita, Ecuador

Surfing into the sunset:

It doesn’t get much better than sitting in the ocean waiting to catch your next wave with this sunset on the horizon.  This particular evening I just wasn’t on top of my game and the inconsistent beach break was just pounding me with closeout waves.

I decided to call it a day and went for my camera to capture the sunset and the beauty of Montanita. Life here is slow; people wake up and surf, the day starts after 10 am, surf again in the evening then party or relax at night.

With a slow shutter speed I was able to blur the waves to capture their movement.  I wish I had a tripod for this but I think it turned out alright.  With all the surfing I’ve been doing I’m lucky to even capture this as it’s hard to take yourself away from beauty like this!

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