And following South Africa, there is one new picture from my stopover in Dubai, too.
After a pretty stressful month of exams, I finally have the time to add further photos of my Africa trip. My second stop was Cape Town in South Africa. The scenery is unbelievably beautiful and even in the city, in contrast to certain things written on the internet, I felt secure. Although the locals all agreed on Cape Town being the most beautiful city of South Africa, I definitely want to see Port Elizabeth and the countryside next time.
And following yesterdays update of the USA Album, I updated Canada today with a couple of photos from Toronto.
Today I updated the USA album with some new photos from the south west and Chicago.
This is the first album from my Africa trip earlier this month. I joined a camping trip across the Serengeti National Park on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Being able to see the animals at close range as well as the adventure of getting there over bumpy roads along steep slopes was a remarkable experience I can recommend to everybody interested in this kind of holidays. There will be some more photos of animals following over the next couple of weeks.
Last month I visited a friend in Cologne and since I had my camera with me we decided to use the evening to walk around the city. Even though I had been to Cologne several times before I found a lot of new and great places for taking pictures I never paid any attention to before. Take a look!
Canada has been a bare spot on my map for a long time. Even though I have been there for a couple of hours in 2008 I never got around to take any pictures. This winter I used my holidays and a 14 year old VW Passat that was disintegrating as I was going along to drive all the way from San Diego to Vancouver and back. The weather was somewhat less than perfect for taking pictures but I still found some nice spots and enjoyed the city.
Last week I was in Frankfurt to get a student visa for the United States. Of cause I had my camera with me so subsequently I had almost an entire day to look for some nice photo spots. Admittedly Frankfurt is not famous for its sights but the historic city center and the Skyline itself were nice motifs.
A few weeks ago I have been to Stuttgart for 2 days. Both the Mercedes and the Porsche museum were by far the most impressive photo spots and I spent more than one hour each to capture different angles and light situations.
Japan was the last country on my big trip in autumn 2011. I visited Kyoto, Tokyo and Nikko. Unfortunately I was a bit early to see the so called Autumn Colors when all the leaves turn orange-red and cause an unbelievable atmosphere for a few days. Nevertheless even the first beginnings I saw were enough to turn Kyoto and Nikko into a photographers paradise and Tokyo, besides Seoul the epitome of the term "High Tech City", had many very interesting photo spots too. All in all in my opinion Japan is one of the most versatile countries for taking photos and to come here in spring to see the cherry blossoms is very high up on my list of places I want to visit in the future.
Seoul is a great city! With its population of more than 10 mio. it is one of the world's largest citys but you hardly notice that walking down the roads. Just when you climb one of the adjacent mountains you get a feeling for how freakishly huge the city really is. Unfortunately I didn't made it to the demilitarized zone so I know what I will do first when I visit Seoul again.
Taiwan. Even though there where offsets of the typhoon Nalgae I had a good time in Taipei. Since it was raining all the time I didn't made it to one of the national parks but I did some hiking. That maybe sounds crazy since Taipei has the reputation to be a high tech megacity but I had read in the internet that there are many nice trails around the city and indeed I took some of the best photos from there.
Indonesia. Jakarta was a bit of a disappointment in terms of photography. My attempts to get a photo of the city from the rooftop of a skyscrapter didn't get above the 10th floor of a parking garage as photography in big buildings was generally forbidden. However my second designation in Indonesia, Yogyakarta, more than made up for this. The temples of Prambanan and Borobudur are simply awesome no matter whether you are taking photos or not.
Since I have been to Vietnam for three days only there aren't many pictures. Nevertheless I am happy to have been there and hope to visit the north of the country as well some time.
Cambodia. Prior to my journey it was one of the countries I was really looking forward to and despite the rain it was one of the most beautiful and interesting countries I had seen. Even though I have no idea about archeology Ankor Wat was one of the most impressive complexes I have ever seen and I would recommend everybody who gets near Siem Reap to spend at least one day there.
After having already uploaded the Moscow and India photos taken on my Asia trip today I have uploaded the third country – Thailand. Even though I wasn't that thrilled by Thailand and its photo spots, I was positively surprised during post processing how many nice pictures I got out of it! But take a look at it yourself...
Today I completed the India album of my summer trip to Asia. There will be some more photographs of the people in India at a later point.