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TIps on taking interesting travel photos, with many examples, in a humorous presentation.

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  • Travel Photography Tips Dave Shafer

Travel photos canbe taken almostanywhere. As you travel more, you lose some of your original naivete With time the traveler will losean awe of famous foreign placesNot so loud, sweetie.Were in Europe. You may travel by bike Or by off-road vehicles By plane Or your favorite 3-wheeler You might take a cruise You may witness camel pick-up attempts in Arabia Or learn how to go swimming in Australia If your idea of fun isjust hanging out athome you are missingsome of lifes 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 Edinburgh, Scotland elevated view of park Prague garden it would have beenbetter if I couldhave gotten up alittle higher forthis shot. Lucerne, (Luzern inGerman) Switzerland,taken from oppositehigh-up hotel room. Elevated perspective adds a lot of interest. Czech Republic Elevated perspective adds interest. Czech Republic Elevated perspective can show patterns that cant beeasily fit into a ground level photo. Czech Republic Elevated view of town square, Meersberg, Germany Ground level view of Linderhof castle, Germany Elevated view of Linderhof castle, Germany Edinburgh, Scotland - National Art Gallery, looking down Perspective leads you into the picture - Mainau, Germany More perspective night caf scene, winterin Paris. Unusualperspectiveadds interest.New York City 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. Beer delivery truck, Prague Weird street lifephoto from theinternet, unknownlocation. Street life photofrom the internet,unknown location. Odd but charming street scene, Nuremberg, Germany Puzzling holiday ritual Nuremburg, Germany Street life scenes include what you see while driving. Music critic,NurembergGermany In some countries, like Germany, people do not want their picturetaken by strangers. But there are always performers, where it is OK.Top of Mt. Pilatus, Switzerland. Prague, Czech Republic. A scene with people in it is more interesting, even if theyare not the main subject. Lake Lucerne, Switzerland People in foregroundcan lead you into apicture CzechRepublic. People in foreground can lead you into a picture Zurich, Switzerland. Flower bridge - Lucerne, Switzerland. Boy in front pulls us in. People in background add life to an otherwise static picture People show the scaleof a statue. Seoul, Korea People show the scale of Linderhof castle grounds, Germany A picture fromthe internet.Without theperson in it, thisphoto wouldgive no idea ofthe size of thepyramid. A photo from the internet. People in a picture can addhumor, like this couple studying the art in the Louvre. Or this view ofthe Eiffel Towerin Paris. Taliban warriorsgoofing off. Candid peoplephotos can makefor memorablephotos. This hasto be one of the100 best photosof all time. Water reflections can add interest to a scene. Telc,Czech Republic. Amsterdam canal The diagonal line adds interest, Fairfield beach, Connecticut. Fairfield beach, Connecticut Ghost Armada water reflection photo Foreignobjects,like thisGermanmailbox,showunusualdesignand colorideas. Another German mailbox. Czechfirehydrant Playhouse, Dinklesbuhl, Germany Gazebo - Bayreuth, Germany Playhouse - Telc, Czech Republic Czech doorway Prague window,Czech Republic Unusual colorcombinations on icecream sign. Telc, CzechRepublic Mr. and Mrs. - German houses Roof top closeup - Germany Rooftop closeup Munich, Germany Artistic design, Amsterdam Artistic design, Amsterdam Door handle, withreflection in glass,Brussels, Belgium English as asecondlanguage Czech bus schedule 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. Prague in day,same scene at night Prague, early evening Prague, Charles Bridge, early evening Charles Bridge, Prague, is usually thronged with tourists. Here it isabout 6:00 AM, when the only people you see are other photographers. Prague scene with waterreflections, early evening Lucerne, Switzerland Mid-day photo Lucerne, early evening photo Lucerne, late evening photo Lucerne, middle of night photoMoon above is paired with window light Lucerne night scene, with water reflections Opposite hotel window at night, Munich Munich, Germany wet pavement reflections Basel, Switzerland - Christmas scene Basel, Switzerland Christmas scene Paris, Christmas scene Paris Christmas scenewith Eiffel Tower Notre Dame at night,Christmas in Paris Paris at night, Christmas season Heidelberg, Germany castle at night Heidelberg, Germany at night Frankfurt, Germany trees in photo frame the castle Frankfurt, Germany dramatic trees at night Cologne Hotel, since year 1234 evening photo Same scene, late at night Cologne, Germany bridge scene Cologne, Germany night train whizzes by Night Birds camera motion in Cologne, Germany Cologne Philharmonic roofs in front of Cologne Cathedral Candles at Munich Christmas Fair Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic daytime scene Color negative of same scene = faux night scene Swiss Miss at sweet shop, Basel, Switzerland