In 2020, Ramadan will start on Thursday, April 23 and end on Saturday, May 23.
If you plan to visit a Muslim country here are a few tips and explanations about Ramadan for travel photographers. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world. The word Ramadan comes directly from the Arabic root ramiḍa which means dryness. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed. Being the Islamic calendar a lunar calendar, months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 10 to 11 days shorter than the solar year and contains no intercalation, Ramadan varies every year. During this period, observant Muslims tend to abstain from food (sawm), drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk and also restrain from all activities or behaviors that are not compatible with Islamic values.
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Exactly 10 years ago, January 7, 2010, I got my very first sale on Alamy, the largest stock photography agency in the world along with Getty Images. It was a photo I shot to a local farmer I met along with his yak on a remote mountain path in Tibet a few years earlier. A quick shot around midday in a clear day with a strong and horrible light. Nothing of special and neither nicely edited to tell the truth. Anyway, that photo was my first one to be sold by a stock agency and it was published on the Guardian newspaper.
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Christmas Markets are the main reason to visit Vienna from mid-November to late December. The Austrian capital, definitely, sparkles during this period as Christmas Markets create a magic and dreamy atmosphere throughout the city. Strolling and shooting photos around becomes really a unique experience.
Each Christmas Market brings festive and colorful cheer into city’s squares, cobbled streets or courtyards. Even famous sightseeing like St. Stephen’s cathedral or the Upper Belvedere palace are literally wrapped by the glittering stalls. It’s really a not to miss experience for an unusual and creative photo shoot in the Austrian capital behind the majestic baroque style architecture or the famous Viennese coffee houses.
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Years ago, I read somewhere New York is the most photographed city in the world. No wonder about it. New York could not be beaten as the undisputed capital of the world in many regards, though is not even capital of its country, the USA. From Wall Street’s high finance to some of the most famous Art museums in the world, like MoMa or the Met, from the stunning and iconic architecture of its skyscrapers and bridges to its incomparable street life, it’s all here in New York.
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Namibia truly matches most of the African natural beauties in just one single country. It’s a land of abundant wildlife, extravagant colonial architecture and incredible landscapes. This country hosts the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, with its towering red and orange dunes dropping down to the wind-lashed coastline. Here you get also the second largest canyon in the world, never ending lichen-encrusted gravel plains and magnificent wetlands. A country that lives up to expectations. No wonder why Namibia is among the photographers’ favorite destinations.
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