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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Travel Photography

Street Talk

Street-Talk

This image was created by using a DSLR and an 18 – 105 lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/250 sec @f/5.6.

One of the things I like to do when traveling is to try and photographically document the destination by separating reality with make believe. It may take a little longer to do this but it is worth it. This photo, taken in Colonial Williamsburg, took me almost 10 minutes of waiting until only the re-enactors were the only ones in the area of where I wanted to capture. The wait was worth it.

Sometimes waiting is a good thing. Too many times travelers will just see something, point their camera and click, then turn and walk away. Maybe they get something good and maybe they don’t.

In photographing a scene you like, take a little time, check out the area and decide what you want to capture and what to leave out. Check your exposure to make sure it’s the one you want to use or if you need to change it. And then zoom either with your feet or with you lens, what ever it takes, to make sure that the scene before you is what you’ll capture when you finally trip the shutter release.

Travel photography is fun, and when you take your time to use your camera to document the places you visit you may come home with fewer images, but you will have a higher number of keeper photos that you will gladly share with family and friends.

Take your time, separate reality from make believe and see how many more great photos you take that puts that smile on your face as you say, “Yeah, that was a good trip.”