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Behind the 'zines: Lonely Planet Traveller's February issue

The new issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK has just hit the shops, and it’s packed with travel ideas for the year ahead – including our annual pick of 52 best weekends away, such as cooking like a Sicilian in Italy, walking in Germany’s Black Forest or exploring ancient Petra in Jordan.

IMG_2951 Picture Editor Claire and Editorial Assistant Sophie shoot an Instagram video of the new issue

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at a few of the team’s favourite pictures that didn’t quite make it in this month, from assignments exploring the hidden corners of New York, the mountains of Snowdonia and the countryside of Burgundy. And discover how to shoot in Arctic conditions as photographer Tiina Törmänen talks us through her shot of Finnish Lapland.

A wintry view of the Ogwen valley in northern Snowdonia © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet A wintry view of the Ogwen valley in northern Snowdonia © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet

Snowdonia, Wales

Writer Oliver Smith braved the elements for our feature on many a mountaineer’s pre-Everest practice ground, Snowdonia.

‘This picture shows a dusting of snow over the Ogwen valley, with the peak of Tryfan rising just left of the waters of Llyn Ogwen. While Snowdon is the most famous mountain in North Wales, Tryfan is quite possibly the best loved by regular visitors to Snowdonia. It's a steep scramble via your hands and your knees to the top and its two giant boulders, Adam and Eve. We spent a cold night out on the mountainside so photographer Justin Foulkes could get this sunrise shot – waking up to find his water bottle had frozen solid! In the end, we had so many great landscape photos that this one just missed the cut.’

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Superfly’ is a Harlem legend © Lottie Davies / Lonely Planet Superfly is a Harlem legend © Lottie Davies / Lonely Planet

Harlem, New York

Photographer Lottie Davies headed to Harlem to capture jazz musician Marc Cary’s top picks for our feature on New Yorkers’ favourite spots. 'I came across this fabulous character around 125th St and Lenox Avenue. Superfly, or Mr Superfly to you, is a legend in Harlem, with his bright suits, feathered fedora, and battered old Speed Graphic. He had a pocketful of polaroids and a pile of stories – he claimed to have been born in 1898. He took a picture of me, and I took a picture of him, and on we went. I love this guy – what's not to like? But there’s only so much space in the magazine; some photos just don’t get in’. Follow @lottiephoto

Cruising down the Yonne River in Burgundy © River Thompson / Lonely Planet Cruising down the Yonne River in Burgundy © River Thompson / Lonely Planet

Burgundy, France

For his first feature for the magazine, photographer River Thompson took to the waters of the Canal du Nivernais to discover the traditional ways of life along its banks.

‘I took this one morning on the Yonne River, just after Randle, our barge, had set sail for the day and a kingfisher had whizzed over my head into the bushes. This picture takes me right back to my trip – with the slight chill in the air and the strong, warm sunlight peeking through the trees – but we ended up plumping for a similar shot instead.’

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© Tiina Törmänen / Lonely Planet Lapland at night © Tiina Törmänen / Lonely Planet

Torassieppi, Finland

This month’s photo story featured Tiina Törmänen’s otherworldly shots of Finnish Lapland at night. One that didn’t make it in was this image of the reindeer safari at Torassieppi. She tells us how she got the shot:

'I have to act calm whilst photographing reindeer – sometimes they run away, though in general they’re much easier to shoot than wild animals as they’re used to humans. Being outside, I wore good-quality gear to feel comfortable and warm, and used a wide-angle lens to capture as much of the starry night skies as possible.

'Shooting in the dark meant relying on the manual settings of my camera (a Canon 5D Mark III). I took this picture with an ISO of 4000 and a 30-second exposure time – any more time and the moving reindeer would create blurs in the image, while a higher ISO could have created too much noise. I also used my widest f-number (2.8) to let in the maximum amount of light.'

See more of Tiina’s work at tiinatormanen.com or follow her on Instagram: @tiinautti

February 2017 NewsStand cover

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