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My Photography Bucket List

We’ve all heard about our “bucket lists” right? If you haven’t heard of what a bucket list is, you simply need to watch that movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson aptly called “The Bucket List” to get the idea. It’s the light-hearted spirit in all of us I suppose, that wants to accomplish certain things before we die or “kick the bucket”. I have my own running list for things to do or places to go before I pass on. I believe I’ve got 25 things on the list already, some of which I’ve already done.

This post looks at a different angle of our bucket list. As a photographer, what do you want to do before you’re not able to do the thing we love the most? I thought it would be easier if I posted images here, that I found on the web, of places or things I would like to photograph. You’ll notice I don’t have numbers associated with them. I don’t think it matters what sequence them come in as long as I’m able to fulfill them. So here they are, in no particular order. This list will continue to grow so come back and check in every now and then.

What do you have on your photography bucket list? Click on images to reveal their sources.

Complete a 365 Project: 

I started a 365 project in 2007 as a creative outlet. The idea of a 365 project is to take an upload a photo a day. My goal one of these days is to finish at least one.

Borobudur, Indonesia:

I’ve visited numerous Buddhist temples before but none like this one in Indonesia. The location of this temple reminds me of the “jungle” temples of Cambodia that I recently visited.


Image courtesy of Stuck In Customs

Marrakech, Morocco:

The tanneries are probably one of the areas that catches my eye. The colors and textures from what I’ve seen from travel photographs are amazing.


Image courtesy of Travel Intelligence

Bryce Canyon, Utah:


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Alhambra Palace, Spain:

I attended architecture school in college and Alhambra was definitely one of the places that caught my eye during our long and often “droning” lectures at Cal Poly. Once you see the images, you’re immediately drawn to the textures and the amount of detail inside and outside the buildings. The craftsmanship and execution of the tile work is simply exquisite!


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Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights):

Almost all the photographers I know dream of one day capturing these amazing display of lights in the Northern hemisphere. This is definitely on the top of my list of places to visit. Hopefully someday, when I travel to Alaska, I would be fortunate enough to capture this amazing display.


Image courtesy of Wikipedia

A water drop collision:

The concept sounds easy enough. Let water drip and try to take a photograph of it. In reality, it’s a lot harder than you think. I’ve managed to capture some milk crowns before but nothing close to a water drop collision. I have the equipment to do it. It’s just a matter of patience and timing. My successful milk crown shot took over a couple of hours to create and well over 400 images. It’s a one in a million shot.


The Colosseum in Rome, Italy:

Who hasn’t seen Gladiator? When you think of Rome, you think of the colosseum. The Colosseum is probably the most impressive building of the Roman empire. Originally set as an amphitheater, it was the largest building of the era. The monumental structure has fallen into ruins, but even today it is an imposing and beautiful sight.


Image courtesy of Wikipedia

The Great Wall of China:

Who wouldn’t want to see “the mightiest work of man, the only one that would be visible to the human eye from the moon”? I can only imagine how impressive this structure truly is.


Pyramids at Giza, Egypt:

I’ve always been a fan of Egyptology and a visit to Egypt someday would definitely be a treat!


The Louvre, Paris, France


Kingdom of Bhutan:

A couple of years ago, my uncle asked me if I would be willing to travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan. So what do you think my response was? of course it was a resounding “YES!”. What’s incredibly appealing about this magical place is the fact that entry into the country is controlled by the government. I believe only a certain number of tourists per year are allowed to enter. In addition to this, each tourist must also spend a certain amount during their stay per day. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a country where there was such a mandate such as this.


Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines:

This is one of the Philippines’ most prized heritage sites. The aboriginal people, the Ifugaos, maintain these terraces for their main source of income, rice. My relatives tell me it’s an 8-hour drive to this place from the capital city of Metro Manila.


Athens, Greece:


Rio de Janero, Brazil:

The Christ the Redeemer statue is often referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and rightfully so. It is one of the largest art deco statues in the world and is located atop Corcovado.


Antelope Canyon, Arizona:

The sights and scenery here are simply spectacular. This shot here is by far the most famous of all at Antelope Canyon. It’s definitely a place to go specially since Arizona is only a few hours away.


Holi Festival, India:

The array of colors is what attracts me to experience this festival myself. I’m not as familiar with this Indian tradition but according to my friends, it’s a crazy event to experience. I’ll make a note to prepare the camera for this situation as all that dust is extremely detrimental to my equipment.


Get published in a photography magazine:

This has always been a dream of mine ever since I started in photography. It doesn’t matter what size of an image gets printed as long as it’s my work and my name is written in the credits. I suppose all photographers aspire to be published in a magazine or book that pertains to photography. The dream of mine reminds me of my paternal grandmother. It had been a life long dream of hers to be published on Reader’s Digest. On her 89th birthday, she received the great news that Reader’s Digest Asia accepted her work and she was published. A dream come true indeed. One day I might just make it. We’ll see.


If you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it with your friends. I encourage you to write down your own photography bucket lists. It could be as simple as one thing or as complex as you want. I’d love to hear what makes you “tick”. Thanks for stopping by!

  • November 22, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    Jeff Elder - On my list is a switch to Canon. Soon, very soon I will change over from Olympus and Nikon. Before Christmas! Then, lookout World…ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Clarissa Stuart - Funny, but until I read your post, I had never considered this. The things/places on your list are probably not going to happen for me (retirement can be ugly), so my “list” is a bit different, and considerably shorter:

    1. I would love to capture strange and/or rare birds & animals in their natural surroundings.

    2. I want to perfect the “silken” waterfall technique.

    3. I want to capture a racing thoroughbred as he thunders around a dirt track, all four hooves off the ground.

    4. I would like to create quintessential portraits of all my grandchildren.


    5. To be published anywhere would ROCK.ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    Rikki Dy-Liacco - Finally Jeff! You’re seeing the light!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    Jeff Elder - Yeah I know, it took long enough didn’t it? I used Canon waaaaay back when… I used to use an old AE-1 but switched to Nikon then into Digital and stayed Nikon till I went Oly. Now it’s back to the best!ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Rikki Dy-Liacco - Thanks for your list Clarissa! I think it doesn’t really matter where we are in our photography careers as long as we have dreams and aspirations to attain something. I have a few samples of the “silken” waterfall technique you are thinking of doing. I can definitely share some tips with you. I suppose each and every one of us always dreams of the day you can call your friends and family and say “Turn to page 2! I’ve just been published!”ReplyCancel

  • December 9, 2010 - 9:58 pm

    365 Project – Hipstamatic » Photos By Rikki - […] few weeks ago, I posted an article asking you what is your photography bucket list. On top of that list is my goal to finish a 365 […] ReplyCancel

  • February 2, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Rikki D. Dy-Liacco - Well… it’s been a while since I saw this post and I have some updates.

    Complete a 365 Project: DONE
    Alhambra Palace, Spain: DONE

    Wow! I still have a long way to go!ReplyCancel

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