The glorious golden hues of open plains contrast with vast, open skies whilst rocky cliffs and hills form dramatic backdrops for a delicate flower or feisty tussle in a penguin colony. Whatever your level of skill with a camera of any kind, there is no reason to leave the Islands without a collection of inspirational images to remind you of your adventures. You may even choose to visit on a specialised photographic tour. Described as “a photographic extravaganza”, there really is something for everyone.
Wildlife is the most obvious theme and even without a telephoto lens, the birds and marine mammals make fascinating subject material. The opportunities are endless. Huge elephant seals basking in the sunlight, lazily flicking sand with their enormous flippers; sea lions rearing their heads amongst the tussac grass; gentoo penguins carefully stealing nesting materials from neighbours; Magellanic penguins peering from burrows; seabirds graceful in flight; a stunning striated cara-cara simply looking straight at you. With even the smallest zoom, young birds are brought into sharp or fuzzy focus to create an amazing image.
Ever-changing light conditions, big blue skies, aquamarines of the sea and soft white sands create the perfect conditions for spectacular landscape photography. Rolling hills, rocky ridges, open plains and seascapes provide fantastic settings and subjects in their own right. Early morning hues and nighttime fiery reds, crashing cascading waves and tranquil, reflective waters are favourite themes.
Colourful settlements nestle into foothills and straggle attractively along shorelines. The capital city, Stanley, has many buildings of interest from pioneer cottages to Christ Church Cathedral, the striking Cape Pembroke Lighthouse and iconic Whalebone Arch.
The Islands are truly a photographer’s paradise. Whatever your length of stay you cannot fail to capture a magnificent view, the entertaining antics of the wildlife or that simple special moment that sets the Falklands apart.