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Behind The Lens: Photographer Carley Rudd’s 5 Most Memorable Travel Photos

Travel and Lifestyle photographer Carley Rudd makes a living out of capturing breathtaking moments around the world (she is a staff favorite here at Summersalt!) so when we asked her to round up her Top 5 Most Memorable Travel Photos for The Forecast, we couldn’t wait to see her picks. “One of the biggest challenges in travel photography is finding a unique perspective or point of view to capture a scene that doesn’t feel cliché or overdone,” says Rudd. “Going the extra mile always pays off.” Here, check out five travel photos she snapped while adventuring all over the globe, and the unique stories behind the lens.

What is the biggest challenge about photographing new places? How do you overcome that challenge?

I wouldn’t necessarily say that photographing new places is challenging. It’s often when I’m visiting a place for the first time that a wave of inspiration comes over me. I have fresh eyes and see and appreciate the things I tend to overlook when I’m in a familiar place. That said, traveling to and photographing new places certainly can present challenges. One of the biggest challenges in travel photography is finding a unique perspective or point of view to capture a scene that doesn’t feel cliché or overdone. Sometimes that means hunting down a great rooftop to shoot from, being in the right place at the right time, and seeking out those hidden gems. Going the extra mile always pays off.

It’s often when I’m visiting a place for the first time that a wave of inspiration comes over me.

Aït-Ben-Haddou, Morocco. By Carley Rudd.

Photo 1: Aït-Ben-Haddou, Morocco

I shot this photograph of Aït-Ben-Haddou during a trip to Morocco last year in February. I had just finished a walking tour of the area and was on my way back to my riad. I remember turning around and seeing the sky turn into beautiful pastel shades and catching a glimpse of this incredible ksar through an alleyway. I found a little rooftop cafe that was closed and climbed to the top to seek out a better view. And voila!

White Mountains, Maine. By Carley Rudd.

Photo 2: A Mountain Moon  

It was a cold, early morning at the end of December. I bundled up with my camera to go shoot the moon set over the White Mountains in my parent’s backyard in Maine. I love the way the early morning light glows on the mountain tops.

Polignano A Mare, Italy. By Carley Rudd.

Photo 3: An Italian Oasis 

My husband and I were traveling through Puglia, Italy and made a pitstop in Polignano A Mare for dinner. Believe it or not, this was the view from our table! I took out my camera and just before I went to take a photo this beautiful sailboat came around the rocky cliffs, making it an even better capture.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona. By Carley Rudd.

Photo 4: Morning Light In Antelope Canyon

I booked a tour for Antelope Canyon (you actually can’t visit without one) and it just so happens that the light pouring through the slot canyons is best during the morning. Lucky me! This was pure magic.

Bondi Beach, Australia. By Carley Rudd.

Photo 5: Bathers on Bondi Beach

I was renting out an Airbnb in Bondi Beach, Australia and spent the morning walking along coast. I loved the patterns that the sunbathers made in the sand from the view above and captured a few memories here before enjoying a dip myself!