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If your idea of fun isjust hanging out athome you are missingsome of life’s greatexperiences.
Got milk? If you travel far fromhome, be sure to bringsome key supplies, likeextra camera batteries.
Wherever you go and whatever you do it is goodto think first about how to get the best travel photos.
There are several aspects of your travelphotos that should be considered.• Perspective• Context• Street life• People• Water reflections• Unusual or quirky sights• Time of day and night photos
PerspectiveIn travel photography, as well as close up, the taking angle can add interest to a shot
An unusual perspective can enhance the interest of ascene. A view from above is often effective.
You canclimb up tohigh levels ina church fora good view. This isNordlingen,Germany.
Roof tops in slanting sunlight can be interesting.
Heidelberg bridgetaken from oppositehilltop. Note the diagonalcomposition, whichis always a goodidea. You need to makesome effort for thebest photos. Thisone required a steepclimb up a hill to geta good view.
A ground level photo of a building like this one …….
… is not as interesting as a picture from a different elevation, Schwangau, Germany.
Landscape detail almost requires a shot from above inmany situations. Edinburgh, Scotland
Context – shows the larger setting of a scene. Take pairs of photos to show context. Bridge closeupmakes a nice pair with more distant shot.
Terrifying (was to me)bridge at NeuschwanstienCastle, Germany
Photo pairs give close updetail plus larger context.Lucerne, Switzerland.Note sheer drop off fromchurch.
Photo on right shows hotel better but photo on left shows context - thevery steep and long tram track shows how high up the hotel is. Use bothpictures to make a pair, for a slide show. Lucerne, Switzerland
More context - in a slide show, like this one, it is a goodidea to include some maps to show how you went from A toB to C and where they are relative to each other.
I went from Prague to Karlovy Vary to Cesky Krumlov to Telc andthen back to Prague
Street life - serendipitous random sights while walking in a city.Prague, Czech Republic. This is car is easy to find in a parking lot.
Time of day photos/ night photos As the lighting or temperature of a scenechanges, during the day, the interest in the scenemay change dramatically. Very early morninglighting or early mists or fog are gone by mid-morning. Night photos are a whole separate genreof images – often much more charming than thesame scene in daylight.
6:00 A.M. early morning mists on lake at Lakeville, Connecticut
6:00 A.M. early morningmists and fog, Lakeville,Connecticut.
Night photos are aspecial category.Lighting at night canadd a lot of interestto a scene. Munich, Germanynear dusk.