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

Two staff members read the Lonely Planet magazine and supplement in the Lonely Planet office library Production Editor Alice and Picture Editor Claire read the new issue and its supplement in the Lonely Planet library

The October issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK has just hit shelves, and it’s chock-full of inspiration for unforgettable travels – from feasting on fine food in Italy and riding the rails across Vietnam to discovering the secret wonders of the world. Get a glimpse behind the scenes as we share stories and photography tips from a few of this month’s features.

Two false killer whales leaping from the water in La Paz, Mexico The waters around La Paz teem with marine life, including false killer whales © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet

Baja California, Mexico

Photographer Justin Foulkes encountered sea creatures aplenty while exploring Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

‘We were returning by boat to La Paz from the island of Espíritu Santo when our captain noticed some marine life in the distance. When we got closer, we discovered they were false killer whales, actually the fourth-largest members of the dolphin family. Occasionally they would break the surface, but it was almost impossible to predict where they would next appear. Eventually, a couple leapt into the air very close to us – and I managed to get this unobscured view before they disappeared back under the water. We were very lucky: our guide had never seen them this close before.’

Follow Justin Foulkes on Instagram @justinfoulkes

HR_MG_0662.jpg?auto=format&q=90 Vietnam’s North-South Railway traces the South China Sea, as seen from the Hai Van Pass © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Hai Van Pass, Vietnam

While journeying from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on the train known as the Reunification Express train, photographer Matt Munro stopped to take in views from the Hai Van Pass.

‘I looked for the best vantage point to capture the train, showing its winding path and just how close it was to the coast. It was the only passenger train that day so I had only one chance to capture the shot. I knew roughly the time that it would be passing, so I waited and finally heard it in the distance. Moving downhill, it passed at some speed – I’m so glad I was ready and waiting’.

A person holds a cone of pink raspberry gelato in Modena, Italy A raspberry gelato made with fruit from a local farm at Modena’s Gelateria Bloom © Laura Edwards / Lonely Planet

Modena, Italy

Writer Gabrielle Jaffe found herself modelling this gelato during a culinary journey through Emilia Romagna – source of some of Italy’s finest foods, from Parma ham to truffles.

‘It’s a special form of torture having some of the world’s best food in front of you, but having to wait until the photographer gets it just so’, she says. ‘This gelato is from Gelateria Bloom in Modena. Owner Gianluca Degani has the kind of obsessive creativity you’d expect from a Michelin-starred chef, with offerings such as tzatziki-inspired granita made with mint and cucumber. We opted for this raspberry gelato as its colour was particularly photogenic.’

Follow Gabrielle Jaffe on Twitter @gjaffe

Farmer’s wife Am Choden burns incense wands at a shrine in the Paro Valley Farmer’s wife Am Choden burns incense wands at a shrine in the Paro Valley © Simon Urwin / Lonely Planet

Paro Valley, Bhutan

This month’s photo story explores the culture of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan through its incense. Photographer Simon Urwin explains how he captured this portrait of a worshipper at a local shrine.

‘I use only natural light wherever possible, so scouted in advance to know exactly when this dark room would be gently illuminated. I added some directional flash (softened by a reflector) to highlight the smoking incense sticks. I took local advice on the protocols of shooting near an altar, then helped overcome the nerves of the subject by going through her wardrobe with her, picking out the most photogenic dress. An eye for detail is part of making sure that everything in the frame looks as beautiful as possible.’

Follow Simon Urwin on Instagram @SimonUrwinPhoto