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21. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

depends on my mood. i like colour angles,unusual things. things to jog my memory. i have a pictur of an old shaver. it reminds me of it being the first in Gibraltar (AH technology) and all the military mens heads it must have cut.
sometimes it's just nice to look and remeber the feeling of a place

22. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

It depends on what i'm doing. It usually splits into two categories:
1 - The scenic tourist shots
2 - The drunken action/b*llocks shot (something to help remember what happened the night before

23. Posted by nekoi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Quoting mally

depends on my mood. i like colour angles,unusual things. things to jog my memory. i have a pictur of an old shaver. it reminds me of it being the first in Gibraltar (AH technology) and all the military mens heads it must have cut.
sometimes it's just nice to look and remeber the feeling of a place

Yap, I share your idea... for me it's always mood setting, and some creative shots... kinda hope to bring out the best of what you are feeling, what you are seeing, going through at that time. And afterwards, while looking at the piccies, it just brings back fond memories! And with human shots... it's always difficult, but I love to shot my friends when they least know it. And when you show 'em afterwards, they know what you're feeling for them! It's a challenge!

24. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

On my last trip, I realised that a good way to capture the feel of a town or city is a street scene. Eg out the window when you're stuck in traffic, or from a hotel window.

The thing is, it doesn't have to be quaint or beautiful, just a bit of traffic, a few passers by (far enough away for them to to be anonymous). These pictures don't necessarly look great technically, and you might not want to show them off, but they really do remind you of the feel of a place, and take you back there.

The best were India, cos you could get a cow or elephant in there, or a flash of bright sari, and so on. My Mumbai taxi photo (in my gallery) was one I just snapped by chance out of the taxi window, and it came out great.

25. Posted by bobpardue (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Since this is part of my living, I photograph "salable" images. But, even so, I photograph what strikes me as interesting.

As for advice, if you're traveling to a new area, photograph family members in front of well-known attractions to say "we were there" and then photograph the attraction alone.

Don't forget the details. For instance, If you're in New Orleans (USA) a photo of a Mardi-Gra mask, a trinklet or an iron railing just has N.O. written all over it! d:-)

P.S. Love the forum!

-snip-

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

26. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Has anyone brought along a digital camcorder? I would like to record video as well as taking pictures. Whats a good camcorder thats small enough to carry in a backpack?

[ Edit: I will copy this question into a separate threads - please do not reply in here. Thanks. ]

27. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 10y

I would say I photograph things out of my view. I want the people seeing my photo to see what I saw - as I saw it. By this I don't mean altering the image of a certain place, or not making it seems as somehing it isn't - but I focus on stuff that I felt were important. If I remember a café for it's happy customers, then I take a photo were those happy customers are represented - so the overall feeling seems about right in my image. If I had taken a wideangle shot at the architectural features and the personnel, I probably wouldn't have cought the same feeling. But now when someone sees my photo, they get the hang of the place, maybe saying "This must've been a cheery place!". That's what I want in my pictures, the fact that people easily can identify themselves and almost could "enter" the scene through the photograph.

So I guess you could summarize it to that - I want to catch that feeling ;)

28. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 10y

To me the best photos are those that emote a feeling or tell a story, (which many on this thread seem to agree with). Whether it's the quirky shots of signs or self portraits in front of icons, people shots, or just beautiful lighting on...well, pretty much anything. I snap it! (...can always edit down later). Then I treat my photo albums like scrap books. I always carry a large envelope to throw in anything from ticket stubs, maps, menus, lyrics to music we may have heard, etc. Anything that was part of the overall experience goes into the album with the maps illustrating where we were or what route we took for example. I also got into the quirky habit of sending my Scottie, Willy, a postcard from wherever we were that somehow includes dogs in the image. You guessed it, I mail it home to Willy as eventually it will end up in the photo album labeled as "Willy's Postcard". Oh yeah, that's another thing I'm anal about, labeling the photo or including a funny caption that completes the story....but I digress.

P.S. Bob, Loved the "Standing on the Corner" image. I almost routed someone asking for help in AZ to the corner in Winslow, AZ but thought they may find it kind of "cheesy". Then I come in this thread and find your photo. Love it!

29. Posted by mostrim (Inactive 80 posts) 9y

Like many others on this thread, I use photography as an aide-memoire. I try to imagine having a family friend/member standing beside me and telling them 'look at that view' or similar. Quirky shots can be nice but I don't go out of my way to get them. I brought a camcorder on my last trip and find video says even more than stills.

30. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

I'm a landscape photographer, that is my passion, and what I photograph.