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

Art Director Hayley looks through photos from a feature shoot Art Director Hayley looks through photos from a feature shoot for Lonely Planet Traveller magazine

The August issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK has just hit the shelves, and it’s chock-full of ideas and inspiration for summer adventures. This month we set sail for some of the world's most enchanting islands, from secret European boltholes to the Indonesian idylls of Bali and Lombok. Head behind the scenes as we share stories and photography tips from three of this month’s features.

Bali's rice terraces use complex irrigation systems refined over centuries © John Laurie Bali's rice terraces use complex irrigation systems refined over centuries © John Laurie / Lonely Planet

Ubud, Bali

Researching our piece on the best of Bali and Lombok, photographer John Laurie headed to the lush rice terraces near Ubud.

‘I had to find a time of day and angle that made the most of their scale and geography, with the light cutting across to create a contrast and show the gradients of the landscape. The dark tones of the rainforest created a natural canvas that filled the frame and stood in contrast to the terraces. I also positioned the path to lead the viewer’s eye from one corner of the frame to the other – looking for lines and diagonals is an excellent way to get strong graphic interest. I then waited for the right moment when the people were positioned in the frame in a balanced way and clicked away!’

Follow John Laurie on Instagram @johnlauriephoto

Lana, a fisherman’s dog, aboard his boat on the island of Salina © Adrienne Pitts / Lonely Planet Lana, a fisherman’s dog, aboard his boat on the island of Salina © Adrienne Pitts / Lonely Planet

Salina, Italy

Photographer Adrienne Pitts met Lana the dog whilst exploring Salina in the Aeolian Islands, a laid-back chain scattered off the coast of Sicily.

‘After an afternoon boat ride, our skipper took us to a sheltered harbour where we found fisherman Samuele sitting on his boat. He's quite the local character, and our companion didn't find it a good idea to translate much of what he was saying – suffice to say, he fancied himself a bit of a ladies' man. But he was an absolute softy when it came to his dog. Samuele told us he likes to take ladies out on his boat, but honestly, I think if you asked him who his true Queen of the Ocean was, he'd probably say it's this little lady – his dog Lana.’

Follow Adrienne Pitts on Instagram @hellopoe

A local boy at Bulgaria’s Zheravna folk festival © Kit Oates / Lonely Planet A local boy at Bulgaria’s Zheravna folk festival © Kit Oates / Lonely Planet

Zheravna, Bulgaria

This month’s photo story captures the Zheravna folk festival held each August in the forest around Zheravna, a village in Bulgaria’s Balkan Mountains. Photographer Kit Oates explains how he captured this portrait of a festival-goer.

‘I met this Bulgarian teenager playing in the fields beside the festival. Like most teenagers he had found a place to hang out away from grown-ups and be himself, and he was very open to being photographed. One technique I learnt from Diane Arbus is to photograph a subject for slightly longer than expected – towards the end they let their guard down and relax their pose, meaning you can capture a more authentic portrait’.

Follow Kit Oates on Instagram @kitoates and see more of his work at kitoates.com

August 2017 Newstand cover without spine

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