I am not a normal photographer and I can admit that. One of the things that seems to set me apart is the fact that I don’t really like travelling.
I remember having a conversation with someone quite a few years ago and she was about to go travelling. She told me how she wanted to get a particular photo somewhere. I mean what she was hoping to get sounded amazing, but how realistic was it?
You can have all the great plans when you are travelling, but that doesn’t mean you will get the perfect conditions for the photos you want. So many things can go wrong and it is usually the weather that doesn’t cooperate.
I can remember that realisation when I first went to the USA in 2015. It was the trip of a lifetime and such an amazing opportunity, but I soon realised that I wasn’t really going to get the amazing photos I was hoping for. It just wasn’t going to be a photography trip. It was great for seeing things, but not necessarily an opportunity to get amazing photos.
Let’s look at some examples.
This is from the ghost town Bodie in California. We don’t have anything like this in Australia so it was incredible to go there.
For me the weather was terrible. It was a really hot day and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen anywhere. While many people might like conditions like this, I don’t. It was the worse time of the day to take photos and I always find light like this, it was September, is too harsh.
Here is another image.
I took lots of photos anyway, but they have always been disappointing to me because of the weather.
It was one of those things that there was no control over. Because I was travelling and this was the only day we could be there, we had to accept what it was.
After this, on the same day, we went to Mono Lake.
I’ve seen some really beautiful images of Mono Lake, but we were there in the afternoon and the light was the same as it was for Bodie.
The photos from there aren’t great. We were on our way to Yosemite and we didn’t have a lot of time to really explore and see the area.
I didn’t have a lot of control over the situation and what we saw. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just that I had to go with my friends and get what I could.
When you aren’t travelling with people who like to take photos as much as you do it is harder. I know that the best times for photos are first thing in the morning and early evening, but when you are seeing multiple things each day you can’t always do that.
It isn’t like I didn’t get some great images. There were some times that I got some great shots, here is one of them.
We did get up early in New York and I managed to get a sunrise with the Flatiron Building. That was a great morning.
I also loved this one that I got from the Staten Island Ferry.
I think when you travel you have to manage your expectations, as the saying goes. The reality is that people who get really amazing photos of places either live there, or travel there often, or they were very lucky.
I always loved this photo from New Zealand of the Wanaka Tree.
It was luck, basically. We were lucky that morning that we got some lovely conditions to take photos. It was very cold but worth it. We had been there the morning before and it was horrible.
The friend that I went to New Zealand with is into photography as well, so we planned lots, best times to photograph places. We worked out where we could the best locations to take the photos. Still, there were things out of our control. The weather, the tides, time, and so many things can go wrong.
The featured image at the top is the same.
So I don’t travel to get amazing photos. I hope I will get some, but I know that I will have to be very lucky to get some great shots. It is about seeing places, I suppose. Though, I don’t know that I will ever be a great traveller. I like being home too much, plus it is getting too expensive to travel now.
Do you like travelling? What about taking photos? Do you travel with ideas of what you hope to get?