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The Photographic 100: One Hundred Places You Must Shoot Before You Die

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And that is true of our subject today, a list to end all lists, and what I like to call the Photographic 100.

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Admittedly, I’m a bit of a foodie, and regularly read a few coffee and food blogs to get my fill of the subject. Recently, a post by the British food blog Very Good Taste introduced a post called “The Omnivore’s 100”, a sort of bucket list for food lovers. The post went viral and was reblogged and retweeted, with each new blogger indicating what items on the list they had tried themselves. A smash hit, in the virtual world.

It occurred to me that I’ve had a similar list in my head (but never on paper, digital or otherwise) for quite some time; a list of locations and landmarks that I’d love to shoot, if given the opportunity. It’s highly unlikely that I, or any other photographers I know for that matter, would ever actually complete the list, but that’s beside the point. It’s always more interesting when you have something to shoot for!

So, in no particular order, I have outlined my photography bucket list below. Some things on this list are locations; others are landmarks, and still others are general ideas or techniques. I realize that like the Omnivore’s 100, the list is subjective, and some items on my list might have never made it on yours; after reading it, let us know how many YOU’VE completed, and what items would you have added.

The List

  1. The Mayan pyramids in Yucatán, Mexico
  2. The Colorado River in Arizona
  3. The Colorado River.

    The Colorado River. Photo by MoabAdventurer

  4. The animals of the Galápagos Islands
  5. A polar bear
  6. The Himalayan mountains in Nepal
  7. The Himalayan mountains in Nepal.

    The Himalayan mountains in Nepal. Photo by LittleByteOfLuck

  8. Animals on a safari in Kenya, Africa
  9. Penguins in Antarctica
  10. The Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway
  11. The Colorado River.

    The beauty of the Northern Lights. Photo by GuideGunnar

  12. A thunderstorm or tornado in the Great Plains
  13. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  14. Street performers at Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  15. Beach photos at the Outer Banks, North Carolina
  16. The Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada
  17. The Bellagio Fountains in action on the Las Vegas strip.

    The Bellagio Fountains in action on the Las Vegas strip.

  18. Sunset shot in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
  19. The Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  20. Hvitserkur, a 15 meter high rock formation off the coast of Iceland
  21. The hills and coastlines of Isle of Man, in the British Isles
  22. The streets of Florence, Italy
  23. Night shots of Prague, in the Czech Republic
  24. The streets of Prague.

    The streets of Prague. Photo by Sarhaynes

  25. The Machu Picchu ruins in Peru
  26. A low-perspective shot of Big Ben in London, England
  27. The Stonehenge ruins in Wiltshire, England
  28. Ruins of Stonehenge.

    Ruins of Stonehenge. Photo by Arslua

  29. The dark city streets and markets of Casablanca, Morocco
  30. Moose and elk in Grand Teton Park, Wyoming
  31. The Great Wall of China
  32. The historic Great Wall of China.

    The historic Great Wall of China.

  33. The seaside cliffs and buildings at Santorini, Greece
  34. The open fields in Tuscany, Italy
  35. Shots of (and from) the skyscrapers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  36. Hot springs and the Old Faithful geyser of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  37. The walls of the Grand Canyon in Arizona
  38. Horseshoe Falls in Ontario, Canada
  39. The Horseshoe Falls.

    The Horseshoe Falls. Photo by KillerBiscuit

  40. The waterfalls at Yosemite National Park, California
  41. Moonrise over Death Valley National Park, California
  42. Lechuguilla Cave at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  43. Aerial night shot of the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada
  44. The Vegas strip, from the air.

    The Vegas strip, from the air.

  45. Wide-angle shots of the canyons at Zion National Park in Utah
  46. Huge rock formations at Monument Valley, Utah
  47. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City, New York
  48. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City.

    The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City.

  49. Giant trees in Sequoia National Park, California
  50. An all-inclusive shot of the Golden Gate Bridge span in San Francisco, California
  51. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge spanning the bay in San Francisco.

    The iconic Golden Gate Bridge spanning the bay in San Francisco.

  52. Grizzly bears in Danali National Park, Alaska
  53. A large grizzly in the Denali National Park.

    A large grizzly in the Denali National Park. Photo by Jpmckenna

  54. Alligators in Everglades National Park, Florida
  55. U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  56. Mardi Gras celebrations in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
  57. The Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  58. An epic shot of the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

    An epic shot of the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

  59. The streets of the Beacon Hill Historic District, in Boston, Massachusetts
  60. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri
  61. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Hatteras Island, North Carolina
  62. Photos of cannon at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  63. A lone cannon sits on the quiet battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    A lone cannon sits on the quiet battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

  64. The entryway at Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee
  65. Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, South Dakota
  66. Terlingua Ghost Town in the Big Bend National Park, Texas
  67. Arches and formations at Valley of Fire State Park outside of Las Vegas, Nevada
  68. Rocky desert formations in the Valley of Fire outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

    Rocky desert formations in the Valley of Fire outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

  69. Deep Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy
  70. Well-exposed image of a fireworks finale
  71. Long exposed shot of multiple lightning bolts
  72. Bolts of lightning at night.

    Bolts of lightning at night. Photo by GleasonMJ

  73. The Boot Hill graveyard in Tombstone, Arizona
  74. A battleship or aircraft carrier in port
  75. The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
  76. An epic rainbow shot over a vast field
  77. A rainbow over a picturesque field.

    A rainbow over a picturesque field.

  78. Lava flow from an active volcano in Hawaii, at night
  79. An erupting volcanic vent in Hawaii.

    An erupting volcanic vent in Hawaii.

  80. Street shots in Key West, Florida
  81. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  82. Indoor shot of a pub in Dublin, Ireland
  83. A recreation/reshoot of an Ansel Adams photograph
  84. Any castle in Scotland
  85. A castle sitting on a mirror lake in Scotland.

    A castle sitting on a mirror lake in Scotland.

  86. An authentic Hawaiian Luau in Maui, Hawaii
  87. A wide-angle, all-encompassing shot of the New York City skyline at night
  88. The National Memorials in the National Mall, Washington D.C.
  89. An ancient Shaolin temple anywhere in China
  90. An ancient Shaolin temple in China.

    An ancient Shaolin temple in China. Photo by Cibomahto

  91. The iconic “Welcome to Vegas” sign in Las Vegas, Nevada
  92. Photograph a complete stranger on the street
  93. A picture of a picture
  94. A shot of Times Square in New York City, NY
  95. Times Square in New York City.

    Times Square in New York City.

  96. The ruins of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  97. A famous (or infamous) haunted house in the United States
  98. Devil’s Tower in Crook County, Wyoming
  99. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  100. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

    The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

  101. Cliffs of the Almalfi Coast, Italy
  102. A long exposure shot of the Milky Way
  103. A gorgeous long-exposure shot of the Milky Way.

    A gorgeous long-exposure shot of the Milky Way.

  104. A complicated light painting
  105. Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  106. Wide shot of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia
  107. Rows of graves at the Arlington National Cemetery

    Rows of graves at the Arlington National Cemetery

  108. A themed vintage pinup girl shoot
  109. An iceberg
  110. A iceberg floating on the high seas.

    A iceberg floating on the high seas.

  111. Farmhouses and fields in Tuscany, Italy
  112. Wildflower fields in the Hill Country region near Austin, Texas
  113. Texas wildflowers.

    Texas wildflowers. Photo by Derek Bridges

  114. The Trevi Fountain in Roma, Italy at night
  115. Long exposure shot of an active meteor storm
  116. The Moai statues on Easter Island in the South Pacific
  117. The holy sites in Jerusalem
  118. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Photo by HJL

  119. A great shot of another photographer working
  120. The Moss Bridges in Ireland
  121. The Taj Mahal monument in Agra, India
  122. The Taj Majal, one of the most photographed buildings in India.

    The Taj Majal, one of the most photographed buildings in India.

  123. An abandoned farmhouse or barn on the Texas backroads
  124. St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy
  125. A well-exposed shot of your favorite band playing on stage
  126. A hot air balloon taking off from a field
  127. A hot air balloon being filled before launch.

    A hot air balloon being filled before launch.

  128. The canals in Venice, Italy
  129. The pyramids at Giza, Egypt

So what does your list look like? Discuss what items are on YOUR list below! Need more lists? Take a moment to check out Nancy Young’s 50 Striking Examples Of Professional Photos In Twitter Background Design and one of my earlier articles, 5 Quick Ways to Improve your Beach Photography.

Tim Gilbreath

In addition to being a regular contributor at Photodoto, Tim is a web developer, photographer, and musician. He’s also a gamer and retro/pop culture aficionado, and spends his days on the sunny West Florida coast. He maintains his website at TimGilbreath.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, @SarasotaTim.

  • Maggie

    I’ve gotten 14 of your top 100. I would have to think a while one what constitutes my own top 100.

    • I’d say 14 for this list is pretty good Maggie! Most are places that would take a little effort to get to (for me, anyway).

  • 17 out of 100…. Not bad, however that 17 are mostly made up of landmarks.. and vegas :( i clearly need to dust off the old camera travel bag!!

    • Robert, not bad at all! I was in Vegas last year, and even though I brought my DSLR, I didn’t pull it out once the whole trip :( Grand plans of visiting Valley of Fire National Park and shots walking up and down the Strip…just ended up gambling and taking in the sights. Going back next year, definitely taking advantage then!

      • Ha! Tell me about it!! I took around 5 photos.. thats it. That place has far too many distractions that require the use of both hands….

  • Ian Cochrane

    Thanks for that.
    Some top shots there!
    Cheers, ic

  • Patrick Cartner

    Tim-
    Great list. I can only cross about 5 of those off and some of those were with a point and shoot or are ones that I will shoot and re-shoot for the rest of my life and always find something I could do better on them. :)

    Some of the ones above are definitely on my want to do list. A lot of mine though are the generic ones – like a really good long exposure of a dock with fog coming in. That’s one I have a few shots of and will continue to take over and over. :)

    • Thanks Patrick!

      Yes, as much as I’d like to cross this whole list out, I know that’s never going to happen; but I’m planning on getting as much as I can!

  • A Humpback Whale breaching, that would be pretty awesome.

    • absolutely! or better yet, a Great White Shark breaching! far more rare I’d imagine..

  • lazyjt1

    I have photographed in 29 of the above locations. Some visited before I was serious about photography. I would love to go back to shoot them all over again. I included one that I will complete this month, a photo safari in South Africa. Another reshoot would be Burano, Italy.

    • Wow 29? Awesome!
      I’ve got my eye on a few international ones that I might be visiting in a couple of years (with any luck), seems like a long wait!

  • an inspiring list, i’m about to start on a trip across Europe so i should be able to get a few of these shots

    • That’s awesome John, what areas are you hitting? Bet you’ll have a great set of shots when you get back!

  • Marinole

    I have 35 of your list. Not bad. Wish I had paid more attention when shooting things as many of these were before I really got interested in photography and had a decent camera. GREAT list!!

    • Thank you! I agree, after putting this list to paper, I realize I’ve forgotten that some of them I actually already had!

    • Doit Again

      Reine in Lofoton Islands Norway

  • alvaro

    Don,t you know Spain? There are several places that deserve being in this list. Alhambra of Granada, Holy Family Basilic in Barcelona, ….

    • I’ve never been to Spain, unfortunately, no.
      This is a list of what I’d like to shoot within my lifetime, which means only places I’m familiar with :)

  • I’d rather not shoot places that have been shot to death already. It’s all be done over and over.

    • I’d say it would be up to the individual Daniel…I know there are thousands of pictures of the Taj Mahal….but I’m not shooting it for everyone else; if I’m in India, and I have the chance, I’m gonna shoot it :)

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  • Jean

    i could take douzen of pic of the same place, but every time am taking a picture of one place, it is like the first time, am taking a picture… it always look différend for me…..

    • exactly Jean! also different perspectives, and different times of the day make for very different outcomes.

  • I also have 14 of them!

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  • Andrew

    haven’t you heard of New Zealand? it’s where Lord of the Rings and Narnia was made. a very lush country and the biggest range of variety of landscapes in the world. i also think that a picture of a big kauri tree would definitely be in this list

  • Luis Portelles

    I didn’t count how many I have, some; but you missed in the list the Iguazu Falls. That’s a place not to miss.

    • sarasotatim

      good addition!

  • SteveB

    How about a glacier calving?

    • sarasotatim

      Yes, that definitely would be an epic shot!!

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    Its really awesome. Mind bowing job you did.

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  • @photogoofer

    I’m up to 28. Maybe I should finish that list!

  • Mike

    You missed Horsham, West Sussex in the glorious south of England!

  • steve kagia

    from Kenya we have very many sites and photographers have very lovely shots visit.and assure you that i will be great

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  • Becky

    Sorry, but about the place 3 you should put the name of the country, it’s Ecuador, usually people thinks that the Galapagos Islands are a country on itself but that’s not true. If you could correct the information will be awesome, Ecuador has many places to see and potograph that worth to be on this list.

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  • Javier

    Two places come to mind that are not on your list: Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia (my favorite) and Mount Fuji in Japan. In place 81 you mention “a complicated light painting” but you don’t have one; I can provide some examples.

  • Great list! Amalfi Coast is my fave, but where is your photo? :p

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