Inspiration #41

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20 Scenic Self-Portraits That Will Take You Places

Looking to turn up the drama in your self-portraits or selfies? For inspiration, take a look at these 20 scenic self-portraits of adventurous photographers. You’ll find lots of ideas from the photographers who captured themselves in the world’s most stunning views—from the top of sky-high peaks to sun-drenched seascapes to frozen terrains. Plus, these images are sure to give you a case of wanderlust.

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Exploration Wonderland by Max Rive

Exploration Wonderland by Max Rive

“Far away from all the iconic places you can find in your tourist brochure, I took this self-portrait last year during a 2 day exploration in Landmannalaugar. This part of Landmannalaugar isn’t the easiest place to discover because of the strong glacier rivers and the bold and erosive mountains. Luckily I managed to find a great route towards this and many more spots.” – Max Rive

Desolation by Casey McCallister

Desolation by Casey McCallister

“Black sand beaches make amazing contrast with the white ocean including this one near Shelter Cove, California. I knew I wanted a figure in the scene to provide a little more contrast and break the smooth curve of the surf. What better way than to grab my surfboard and head to the beach myself. A self-timer remote capturing one shot every 2 seconds made this easy. ” – Casey McCallister

Sea of Broken Dreams by Leah Johnston

Sea of Broken Dreams by Leah Johnston

“This will most definitely go down in history as my most dangerous shoot ever. I was so scared to crawl across the melting ice caps at my cottage to get this, I almost didn’t do it! But I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t, and I was right. So thankful not to have fallen through to that ice water below!” – Leah Johnston

Shattered Lake by Matt Molloy

Shattered Lake by Matt Molloy

“I didn’t get to shoot a timelapse when I went here the day before, so I decided to go back the next day since I had some free time. I started the timelapse then walked in frame for size reference. As you can see, there were some fairly large pieces of ice. I was also treated to a nice sunset.” – Matt Molloy

windy May by Sonya Khegay

windy May by Sonya Khegay

“Selfie.” – Sonya Khegay

motorcycle selfie by Valentin Kouba

motorcycle selfie by Valentin Kouba

“Selfies on my bike are certainly the most authentic ones. I love motorcycles.” – Valentin Kouba

The Gift by Régis Matthey

The Gift by Régis Matthey

“After 5 days and nights of hope, finally the sky cleared off and the sun sent enough particles in the sky to produce an amazing aurora which filled up the sky. For this self-portrait, I cleared off the snow from the frozen Great Slave Lake and set to strobe and a glowing stick that would match the color of the sky.” – Régis Matthey

Follow The Leader by Michael Leung

Follow The Leader by Michael Leung

“POV with the short beaked dolphins a few miles off the coast of San Diego.” – Michael Leung

Night Silhouette by Ilko Allexandroff

Night Silhouette by Ilko Allexandroff

“A night silhouette self portrait! I’m using 85/1.2 lens!” – Ilko Allexandroff

Helical by Ajay Parikh-Friese

Helical by Ajay Parikh-Friese

“The spiral effect was NOT done in Photoshop – My lens was slowly zoomed from 11mm to 16mm over 1 hour using a zoom machine I built. This was the result: self-portrait.” – Ajay Parikh-Friese

Self portrait by Ido Meirovich

Self portrait by Ido Meirovich

“Self portrait taken with GoPro HERO III” – Ido Meirovich

Cave painting by Aron Jonsson

Cave painting by Aron Jonsson

“Self portrait in ice cave.” – Aron Jonsson

wHere i BeLoNg... by Karim Nafatni

wHere i BeLoNg… by Karim Nafatni

“Me on a rooftop in front of downtown Dubai. No PS tricks.” – Karim Nafatni

Flying to Westgipfel by David Bengtsson

Flying to Westgipfel by David Bengtsson

“Paragliding in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria.” – David Bengtsson

Man vs Wild by Dylan Gehlken

Man vs Wild by Dylan Gehlken

“I don’t take many selfies but I thought this location needed something extra. Taken at The Balconies in the Grampians. There is another rock ledge just out of frame above me which gave this place its original name of “The Jaws Of Death”. It was later changed to The Balconies to not scare away tourists from visiting. I did actually use the 10 sec timer on the camera!! It was a bit of a sprint to get there in time and quite dangerous too as it was raining at the time and very slippery. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but looking back I could have easily falling off trying this.” – Dylan Gehlken

the silence of snow by Viktoria Haack

the silence of snow by Viktoria Haack

“A cold, snowy day in British Columbia. I used my umbrella to to add some colour and hit the self timer button.” – Viktoria Haack

Sweet Dreams ... by Iurie Belegurschi

Sweet Dreams … by Iurie Belegurschi

“I took my shoes off, to not damage sensitive Icelandic Moss. Please do not walk in shoes on moss.” – Iurie Belegurschi

The Misty Mountains Cold by Lizzy Gadd

The Misty Mountains Cold by Lizzy Gadd

“A self portrait from an early morning at one of my favourite locations. This rock was completely covered in black ice and I wondered if I might slip off and die. I didn’t, thankfully.” – Lizzy Gadd

Stargazing by Henry Liu

Stargazing by Henry Liu

“Paddled to a remote island deep in Lake Huron, a perfect location for stargazing without too much light pollution. This is a self-portrait.” – Henry Liu

Self Portrait by Alex Wise

Self Portrait by Alex Wise

“This is a self portrait of me standing in a sea of fog taken just hours ago on our way home.” – Alex Wise

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