Monday, August 30, 2010

Travel Photography

The House


This image was created with a DSLR and an 18 – 105mm lens. The ISO was 400 and exposed for 1/60 sec @f/3.5.

There are two things that I like to do when creating Travel Photos. One is to look for unusual or interesting buildings and, two, to photograph them in the late evening when there are few people around. This is an example of what I mean.

Located in Colonial Williamsburg, I have more photos of this building than any of the other fine buildings that are there. You just need to visit Williamsburg, find this house, and just walk around it. I think you will experience for yourself what I’m talking about.

It was dark enough for the evening lights to come on but still light enough to be able to walk around and just do some late evening sight seeing without being in the dark. Very few people are around this time of the evening and everything is laid back, no rushing and no waiting for people to get out of the way of what you are photographing.

Also, having a camera or a lens with Image Stabilization sure helps and it allows you to take your time and do late evening photography without the use of a tripod. Remember, you are on vacation and the last thing you need to be doing is carrying a lot of equipment, especially a tripod. A small DSLR, a short, fairly fast, zoom lens with Image Stabilization, and a steady stance, easily allows for late evening photography with good to excellent results like this image.

Personal Travel Photography is fun. Look for the unusual sights. Take photographs at a time when others are off eating dinner or heading back to their hotel rooms. You will find that this is a great time for capturing those “keeper” photos that you and your family will treasure for ever. Try it the next time you go on vacation.

As an aside note. Try doing this where you live. Pretend you are a visitor to your town and practice Travel Photography at home. It will make a big difference when you do go on you next vacation. You might even find some treasure at home.


  1. Hi Glenn.

    Certainly stabilization helps a lot with low light photography. I remember being blown away the first time I was able to get passable results at 1/10th of a second hand-held.

    I really dig your colour work Glenn. You have a great ability to capture a real mood with it. Nice shot.

  2. Thanks Glen,

    Comments like yours makes the work worthwhile. I'm beginning to enjoy the digital darkroom work almost as much as the actual photography session itself.

    Although I try not to do to with the post processing, only enough to make the image become what I saw at the moment I snapped the shutter.

  3. Thats a good attitude to take Glenn. If you have it right in camera, post should be easy. I always figure if I have to spend to long editing; the shot might have not been that good to begin with.