i.e. do you love a city at night, or prefer a sunset or sunrise over a beach or a tropical rainforest best? I'm interested to know as I think everyone is different in what they love taking photo's of.
I personally love to take photos of an area with a forest or river nearby - somewhere very green. So what does everyone else like
I like looking for stark contrasts, quirky signs, interesting shapes in buildings, etc.. I guess I prefer cities more than anything else, although I love scenery like the Death Valley, which provides some amazing colours and contrasts. I like getting pictures of people, although I don't necessarily always feel comfortable snapping people, so I dont' take that many pictures like that. Some people have a real talent for getting portraits of people though, which I can be kind of envious of!
I love taking pictures right after it has rained because because the water still clings to everything and magnifies the colors. It is even better if the sun has already come out.
When we're on long sight seeing trips and would have lots of pictures of signs (are great ways to remember where you were) and statues I love to have people in the picture doing fun/wierd poses (works best with kids).
Zambia was a great place to take people pictures becuase the locals wanted their picture taken. When they see your camera they come up to you asking you to take their "snap" and 99% of the time they don't strike an unnatural pose.
I like to take pics of natural scenery and exotic cultural scene. Like the beach, sunset, cultural festivals, temples, and typical local things. Although I also take some night views of a city, but being too long in a city for vacation/travel is not my favorite
Actually yeh - I love sunsets by a beach - there's something very theraputic about a beach for me aswell. However usually when I go to one I tend to forget my camera and so rarely have photo's of beaches Maybe next time I'll be more prepared
Although beaches are beautiful, I prefer city shots because they have a lot more character I find. They evoke feelings of what the city's been through over the years, and how the city has evolved. A particular favorite of mine are faded signs on buildings. The type that might say "Bellman and Sons Shipping" or something similar. We have a lot of those in Old Montreal, and they can be found in almost all big cities. I can't really explain in but it feels like a window into the past.
I just got back from Cuba two days ago, and we took a day trip to Havana. The city was breathtaking! It was very run down in certain areas, where the stucco had not been taken care of properly and had been left unpainted for years, but alongside those areas were marvelous stuctures that had been kept in their true form. It also says a lot about a country, displaying what is of value and what is "dispensible" in its regard. I will be posting my Havana shots here so watch out for them!
Every where I go I find something different that attracts me, Thialand it was the Wats (temples) and their surroundings, the elephants in their natural habitat in the hill country and many of the local people who are very natural when being photographed. In Fiji it was the beaches, New Zealand North Island had so many different places - the Maori culture, Rotarua with hot mud, geysers, loads more then South Island whale watching, Mt Cook and glaciers and loads of constantly changing landscapes.
To the photgraphy itself, I find early morning light gives some great clarity to landscapes, often the light in the middle of the day can create unwanted hard shadows night scenes to me seem to need a special technique that I haven't got that gets those pics that someone else has done so well.
Whatever it is I enjoy looking back over the collection and the memories that go with it.
I like some of you have already said, I like to take signs as well. They can be eye-catching with colour, have some sort of historical significance or just be plain funny (the most recent one I took was in Ottawa, Canada that said "Don't you even think of parking here" and a car was parked underneith it ) Anything funny that I see, or even something that could make itself funny is a great photo-op (another pic from my Ottawa trip: Right by the Rideau canal there was this "you are here" map, only it was a 3D model of the city instead of a flat map. So I positioned myself and the camera to make it look like I was a Godzilla-type monster attacking the little model Ottawa. At the time, I thought it was hilarious. After recounting this story, I'm starting to think twice )
Eiethr on a trip or anywhere, I love taking pictures of people doing something. Whether it's a couple dancing in the streets of Spain, or a man playing the bongos in the Metro in Montreal (I sometimes play tourist in my home town ), I think it adds to the flavour and memory of the city you're in.
I like taking pictures of scenery (natural and urban) before noon because that's when the colours pop the most. Scenery (alone, w/o me or my travel companions in it) is the one thing I just have to take during a trip because I like to blow up my pictures and hang them up.
So I basically echo what everyone else have said, lol.
Have to love big city skylines. One of the best photos I've ever taken was from the roof of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris of the Eiffel tower (very cliche, but definately worth it) with the buildings of the Rive-Droite in the foreground. Also, if you travel to green cities where there are hills surrounding the areas, you can get some great shots with any camera (I only have a Canon EOS 5000). My suggestions: Authurs Seat, Edinburgh, UK and One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand.
I love taking pictures of Mountains and if I can find a church spire amongst themI am happy. Black and white are my favorites in cities especially Venice.