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1. Posted by cusedesign (Budding Member, 3 posts) 17 Oct '05 21:39

hey all...

just interested in finding out what everyone photographs when travelling and most importantly why?

why do you choose some things over others?

do you just take shots of your friends/ family/ self to show you have been there or to remind yourself later?

do you photography icons of the places you are visiting to remind yourself or to show others where you have been?

what do you feel are the most important things you have taken photos of...or even just have stored in your memory everytime you think of that place?

thanks so much for your help! have a great day!

best,
jacky

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4280 posts) 18 Oct '05 10:37

I take pictures of what I see, trying to come close to "this is what it was like" to show to friends and family back home. (Note that this often means creative cropping or angles, to make certain the things I saw/focussed on are actually what will show in the picture, instead of stray telephone poles or other objects which'll distract in pictures.)
Many times it's impossible to capture the beauty, but even a poor approximation is better than nothing.

When hanging out with friends the world over, I'll take pictures of them, focussing as much as possible on just showing them; ideally unaware of the camera, although I'll settle for the state where they're so aware that they've stopped posing.

And then because of complaints from my mother that I never appeared in my own pictures, I also have a gadget series of "describe yourself in one picture or less" pictures, showing myself obliviously reading a book while sitting at a rock just above a beautiful waterfall, or before a stunning mountain range, or in other places like that. :)

And I take photographs as photographs, watching the light, waiting for hours if possible to get things right (for either the tourist hordes to dwindle just for a minute, or for the sun to break through the clouds just moments before sunset and set the world on fire). Sometimes these even turn out decently.

3. Posted by evakan (Full Member, 188 posts) 18 Oct '05 17:05

In terms of subject matter, I photograph mostly wildlife. Living in southern Florida, most of my shooting time is spent in the Everglades National Park, the only subtropical preserve in North America. I take pictures to show people how important it is to preserve this natural reserve.

While travelling I take pictures solely for memory sake, usually with a disposable camera that I wont feel bad about breaking or losing. I am thinking about buying a cheap digital for future travels to eliminate the cost of development and to make it easier to store and send/email pictures home.

While not travelling, every picture I take is an attempt to create a creative exposure. Or at least to hone my skills and fully understand what the exposure will look like before I press the shutter release. Im hoping to become good enough that I may eventually able to pursue photography fulltime as a career.

4. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 18 Oct '05 20:45

Good question! But "why" differs for each picture. My style is, I look for what is unique. I shoot to tell a story.

5. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member, 245 posts) 19 Oct '05 17:18

When travelling I take photos of absolutely anything and everything. Main purpose is to preserve the memroy and with the old digital camera, I can review them later and delete anything not worth keeping...

6. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5356 posts) 20 Oct '05 01:55

I like finding quirky signs and stuff like that. Things that add to the experience of being somewhere, but are often first forgotten. And lots of photos of buildings and landscapes of course. Can't help it :)

7. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member, 2356 posts) 20 Oct '05 02:01

It depends, I like Wildlife shots or extreme close up. I usually try to find unusual subjects that could make a good picture. I'm known to take pictures of garden hoses, various kitchen appliances, legs of chairs, etc...

But I think as a general answer: I take pictures of things that catch my eye and I think would make a good picture.

8. Posted by zeisha (Budding Member, 715 posts) 20 Oct '05 21:57

Normally i would photograph a picture of acute dog or a bird, or some kinda of a special moment.Flowers ina garden,Mostly nature.
Regards Dimphina PEREIRA

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 21 Oct '05 05:41

I usually try and take pictures that capture how I am seeing a place. So when walking through Versailles, I spent a lot of time taking pictures of the crowds looking at the art rather than the art itself. Because I felt the crowds a lot more than I felt the art.

I also like to be able to tell a story when showing my pictures, or having pictures to accompany my travel blog entries, so I am often thinking of what I would want to say about a place to my friends when I get home, and making sure I have pictures to illustrate that.

I like to take a picture of myself. When my mother was 60, she went through all her old photos. There were tons and tons of photos of sunsets and nice scenery, but she ended up mostly keeping the photos of people she knew. It provides both a nice memory of the time, and provides a nice view of how people have changed over the years. So I snap a photo of myself to keep track of that.

Now that I have a digital camera, I also take photos of city signs or other things as dividers between sections. They aren't photos that I would print or show people, but that way I know that when I get to photo 269 on my photo card, that I am in the town of Arusa, instead of sitting there two weeks later going, "where the heck was this taken?"

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 21 Oct '05 05:59

Quoting GregW

I like to take a picture of myself... It provides both a nice memory of the time, and provides a nice view of how people have changed over the years.

I do that too - althoguh I've taken quite a few really nasty close ups that way. I think my arms are too short. I usually ask someone who's walking by, but it's a crap shoot on that one, too.

I like to take pictures of whatever awes me at the time. One of my favourites is of Neal sitting cross-legged at the entrance of Oak Alley Plantation. Somehow I got the perspective just right, and caught the massiveness and beauty of the place. It gives me shivers when I see it, just like it did when I was there. That's usually what I'm going for.