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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

Happy shooting,

Yak

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

Learn how to hike in Lake Louise and experience Banff, Alberta

Happy shooting,

Ian

 

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| Climbing Himalaya’s Rathong Glacier India

Travel Photo| Climbing Himalaya’s Rathong Glacier India

Updated: January 29, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Himalaya’s Rathong Glacier – West Sikkim, India

Instructor posing on the Himalaya’s Rathong glacier, West Sikkim, India

Walking on ice:Himalaya’s Rathong Glacier – West Sikkim, India

While training with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, in West Sikkim, India, I captured this image of my instructor on his way down from Rathong Glacier.  After a day of training at roughly 5000m above sea level, on the border of Nepal and India, it was time to head back to base camp.

Training with India’s Ministry of Defence is an incredibly challenging yet rewarding experience.  Sherpa Lokba is one of the institutes toughest instructors, and during his tenure at HMI has climbed several 20, 000+ foot mountains.  Training with experts like Lokba is incredibly humbling.

On most days during the basic mountaineering course we would train on Rathong Glacier.   It’s on the glacier we learned climbing techniques, ice climbing, crevasse rescue and so much more.  The power of the mountains is incredible and views like this, with people being a 7 day trek from civilization, cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Read more about HMI and mountaineering in India

Happy Travels,

Yak

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Top of the world Mt. Fuji, Japan

Travel Photo| Top of the world Mt. Fuji, Japan

Updated: October 10, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Posing on top of Mount Fuji, Japan

Posing on top of Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji Summit:

After several hours on a bus followed by a four hour climb to 3700 m I made it to the top of Mount Fuji.  As Japans highest land formation, and an active volcano, making it to the top of Fuji is a truly special experience.  Luckily, there was no traffic on the mountain since I was climbing Mt. Fuji in the off season and missed the nearly 300, 000 vistors that climb each year.

Is that not beautiful or what?

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Ghanaian sunrise Western Region, Ghana

Travel Photo| Ghanaian sunrise Western Region, Ghana

Updated: September 24, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Western sunrise Western Region, Ghana

West African sunrise Western Region, Ghana

Ghanaian sunrise:

Waking up for the magic hour (30 min before and after sunrise) offers photographers the best light.  I captured this image of the ancient deity of Asemkow during my morning walk along the beach.  It’s easy to see why this rock formation was once the protector of Asemkow.

Asemkow is a small fishing community on the West Coast of Ghana with a small population whose primary source of food and income is derived from the oceans bounty.

Today Ghana is predominantly Christian and in a community of 2000 people you’ll find Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and several other Christian parishes.

 

 

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Lake Minnewanka Banff, Canada

Travel Photo| Lake Minnewanka Banff, Canada

Updated: July 15, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada

Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada

Mountain border:

According to our boat cruise tour guide this view shows the place where the Canadian Rockies begin, or end, depending on your perspective.  Lake Minnewanka meaning “Water of Spirits” is a glacial lake high in the Canadian rockies.  Boat tours along the shores of the lake are just a few of the ways you can experience Banff.   A cruise like this are the perfect place to get pictures like this one on a beautiful day.

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Independence march Western Region, Ghana

Travel Photo| Independence march Western Region, Ghana

Updated: July 1, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Independence day celebration Nyameyekrom, Ghana

Independence day celebration Nyameyekrom, Ghana

Ghana’s Future:

As the first African nation to gain independence, Ghana’s independence day is truly something to celebrate.

While visiting Nyameyekrom, in the Western Region of Ghana, I was able to participate in the independence day celebration.  These students had been practicing marching all week, and showcased their skills for the community to the sounds of cheers and the national anthem.

I was lucky enough to be here with my fellow Me to We facilitators.  We got to meet the entire community, and learn how important education is to Nyameryekrom, an initiative that our Me to We volunteer groups learn first hand.

The festivities lasted all day and I knew after that I had the best travel job in the world!

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Classic Amsterdam

Travel Photo| Classic Amsterdam

Updated: June 24, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Bicycle Amsterdam, Netherlands

The iconic Dutch bicycle in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Public transportation:

When you think of Amsterdam the first thing that come to mind, for some people, are bicycles.  Used en mass by locals bicycles are the primary mode of transportation for the city of Amsterdam.  Thousands of bicycles line the canals of the city and your trip there wouldn’t be complete until you saw one.

On a recent Amsterdam lay over I was able to capture a few images of the beautiful.  It’s easy to find things to do when you have a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam, and taking pictures is just one amazing experience.

I know its cliche, but who could resist :P

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

Travel Photo| Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

Updated: June 17, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

Desert Badlands:

Driving through South Dakota on a road trip across the USA my brother and I visited the Badlands, and bad they are.

A haven for runaways and criminals of the 18-1900’s the badlands are a hiding place that no one should venture into.

The Badlands National Park’s land formations were really unique and in the fall heat there was nothing better than snapping a couple of pictures then driving on.

Fun fact: There are wild bison that wander the Badlands here in Badlands National Park!