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Monday, June 21, 2010

Travel Photography

Craft House Window

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When I’m out traveling I like to take photographs at a time when most people won’t. This is an example of such a moment.

In Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia most people disappear from the Heritage Area after 6:00 PM. It’s dinner time and most if not all of the historical shops are closed. There are some who will just walk around and take in the sites, but the number of people that are out at this time is greatly reduced. Because of that, if you want to photograph something without people being around this is the time to do so.

The Craft House is on Market Square and the lighted display window caught my eye. This is something you won’t see during the day and the time was perfect to capture this scene. It was about 8:30 in the evening and it wasn’t completely dark. So, using my Image Stabilized lens, I was able to take this photo hand held.

The image was created using a DSLR and an 18 – 105 lens. The ISO was 800 and exposed for 1/25 sec @f/5.6. The lens equivalent was 85mm. In Photoshop Elements I only made a Levels adjustment to keep the colors as close to the original as possible. I then re-sized for web viewing and added just a touch of sharpening.

If it had been between sunrise and sunset I would not have been able to capture this image, and I didn’t have to worry about people getting in the way as I composed the photo in my viewfinder. And a stabilized lens or camera, as well as a good shooting routine, helps greatly in getting an image like this without the use of a tripod.

So, when you take your next trip, set aside a moment to do some photography at a time when very few people are present for getting a relaxed, un-rushed and different from everyone else’s travel photos photograph. An outstanding out of the norm photo from your trip really makes for an unforgettable memory.

Try it the next time you travel. I really believe that you will be glad that you did.