It's been a while since I actually used a camera; the weather has been really bad this autumn. Anyway, we went on another cruise fro Christmas, this time from Florida to California via the Panama Canal. There was nothing particularly exciting about most of the stops, the Spanish heritage made the experience very similar. However, I got some nice photos and some really nice ones of humpback whales in Mexico. I hope you enjoy them.
Apologies for the delay in posting new photos but I haven't picked up my camera for a couple of months due to other things getting in the way, including appalling weather in June. Anyway, I'm back and busy editing a couple of thousand photos taken at various wildlife parks in South Africa. I hope to begin posting the first batch by the end of this week. Expect to see the big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) and much more !
Not all of us have the luxury of going off on a photo shoot for a week or two, with unlimited time to shoot what and where you want. When I go away, time is limited, whether I am on a guided tour or just exploring on my own. So how do you shoot when time is limited? Here are my tips.
1. PLAN AHEAD. You know where you are going. Even if you are going to book a guided tour, you can easily find out what sights you are likely to see. So use the internet and travel guide books to see what there is in the area and even work out the best spot to obtain that postcard shot. With the internet you can even plan you day and route by sequencing what you want to see and how long you want to spend at each sight.e.g. VISITACITY.COM. Print out your itinerary and bring it with you. Even if you don't stick to it, it will serve as a guide.
2. AVOID THE CROWDS. If you are on your own this is easy, simply get up earlier or stay later. If you are with a group, either walk ahead of the group so you are first at a sight, or lag behind and take a shot when the group has moved on. However the latter poses the risk of getting lost in a crowded Asian market or temple!
3. USE TIME WISELY. Usually in a group the guide gives you a specific set period before you return to the coach. Don't follow the crowd. Find a quieter spot and photograph the less obvious. If you photograph the Eiffel Tower from a distance it looks like any other photo, so why not shoot it from below or as a reflection in a puddle of water or a car mirror? Different but still the Eiffel Tower.
4. BE CREATIVE. Use reflections. Shot from a different angle, either from ground level or up on a high building. Use a very wide lens or maybe a long telephoto. Shoot details rather than the whole scene. Photograph people photographing the scene, etc.
5. CAPTURE THE FLAVOUR or MOOD. You don't always have to shoot the major sights. Photograph local food or crafts, signs or shops or architecture or people (especially in local dress) to capture the flavour of a place.
6. TALK TO LOCALS. This is easily overlooked. Local people know the best spots, the little hidden gems, the quiet cafes away from the expensive tourist spots and how to get there! Ask in your hotel or shopkeepers, or even people in the street. Most people are happy to help a stranger.
7. ALWAYS HAVE EITHER A CAMERA or a PHONE. You never know what is out there, even if you are just going for a sandwich or lunch or an evening stroll. Bring a camera or your smart phone because when the unexpected happens you will wish you had brought your camera! Also pre-download maps of the area onto your phone, so if you do get lost, it will probably help.
I hope this helps you take better travel photos!
Apologies for the delay in posting. Christmas, bad back, bad weather and computer problems all got in the way. Anyway, Happy New Year and have a look at the new section A Misty Walk in the Park !
If you have never heard of the late Saul Leiter, then I encourage you to take a look at his work.
This is the kind of photography I admire. I love the shots taken through steamy diner windows where figures seen to disintegrate . His use of colour is genius.
For anyone who wishes to improve their photography, I heartily recommend this Youtube viewing (9 videos)
In fact the whole Youtube site "The Art of Photography" is excellent.
Hope you enjoy them !
Photography isn't like a painting. The camera records what is in the scene rather than selectively putting in the elements the artist wants you to see. However, editing a photo will provide a better result than simply shooting a scene and leaving it like that.
The following sequence illustrates the point.
PHOTO 1 - Straight scene as recorded by the camera (Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia)
PROBLEM - Too many wires and telegraph poles that detract from the scene.
SOLUTION - Crop the image to remove the unsightly poles on either side.
RESULT - Better but there are still heavy wires in the sky area.
SOLUTION - Use Clone Stamp or Brush in Photoshop to remove wires.
RESULT - Much better (Compare with the original)
Well it has been about three weeks since I was last here and have had a terrific time in Canada and the USA. The weather wasn't that kind to us thanks to the side effects of Hurricane Michael. With over 1000 photos to process it will take some time before I can begin to upload them but hope to begin maybe nest week.
In the meantime here is one that captures the essence of what I saw...
It is time again for another trip abroad. This time I am off to Canada and USA, hopefully to see the fall/autumn colours. The trip is a mix of big cities and small communities, starting in Montreal and ending up in New York. Lots of interesting side excursions planned, so stay tuned and I will start posting in about 3 or 4 weeks ! Bye for now ! In the meantime feel free to browse through my back catalogue...
I am a retired IT professional. I use my spare time by travelling and taking photographs. I love wildlife and history.