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SNOW

February 10, 2024

Hi Everyone

Well the weather is set to snow over the next few days so I thought I would have a topical photo. I have to admit I took around 100 photos today and this is the best I could get. I am using an action camera so the quality is not as good as a traditional camera, but still.... maybe it was the light, good but not quite enough to give a big WOW.

So how can we do better? Well I watched Mont Blanc all day and how the light changed it's character. So the learning point is keep studying your subject and be ready to capture when the light just gives it a WOW. But be quick as it might only last a few seconds. We can help ourselves by knowing when the sun is generally illuminating what you want. Plus changing weather with shafts of light and a darker background appears to give a bit of drama.

I'll keep learning and studying Mont Blanc and if I get something good of course I will share it with you first.

A

 

PS I do not know why but when this blog was posted the photo was missing. I checked and everything look fine at the backend. Anyway just in case you thought I was going mad, I've deleted it all and reposted. 


JUST TRY

January 28, 2024

the light Hi everyone

This is not the quality of photo I wanted but it is a good effort. The light had just illuminated the mountain side and it was wonderful to see. I've done my best to capture the feeling but for me it falls short of what I saw. Maybe its the being 2000m up a mountain, the air, the light and in real life it was so dramatic. Maybe I've had the wrong settings on my camera, or my editing could have been better, I just don't know. The lesson is just try, yes keep trying and enjoy the journey, even when along the way you fall over a little and do not get the results that you expected.

A

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10 YEARS OF WWW.GREATTRAVELPHOTOS.COM

January 07, 2024

Today is the 8th Jan 2024 and it is 10 years

since I started www.greattravelphotos.com web site.

 

I've travelled the world and shared the journey with you. 

 

Now which photo to share?

Of the over 100 destinations and 1000's of photos from all around the world which photo should I pick.....

It's not an easy choice but I've gone with a feeling and also a similar photo that I have on my wall in front of me.

I say similar as there are a few different versions. The one I've selected has a man walking towards the camera and that for me is interesting.

So taken in Petra Jordan a wonderful world class location that if it's not on your bucket list it should be.... 

 

So that was the last 10 years...where will the next 10 take us.

Join me and together we will have an adventure, discover and learn.

 

A


TRY SOMETHING NEW

December 28, 2023


Hi Everyone

The lesson for this blog is to try different things. Often they will fail but do try. Here I was walking under a major road and found the two people ahead walking into the light captured a feeling and I just had to try and get a shot. Now its not quite what I expected as a result and in many ways I did not know what I wanted. So if you see something that just feels right and worth a photo, don't delay if its moving, shoot it. But also try shooting not on AUTO but using different settings, experiment, see what works for you, stuff everyone else, see what you like and do more of it. 

A

 

 


WINDOWS ON THE WORLD

November 28, 2023

Revolution SquareRevolution Square

Hi Everyone

So you find yourself in a one of the best museums on the planet but the real image is not of the works of art but the square outside. An advantage of a phone or small camera is that held well it can often fit through a gap in a window. Thus capturing a shot without the risk of reflection, glare, or dirt from shooting through a window. On this occasion I distinctly remember a slightly open window allowing enough space to get a camera through and boom a record shot from Saint Petersburg resulted. Now I'm not saying this is a great photo, that's not the point, but it is a lot better than one shot through the window, or not taken at all.

A

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ITS ALL IN THE EYES

October 28, 2023

Hi Everyone

So the context is I'm in Rome near the Pantheon, a simply brilliant area with a cool vibe. I notice a professional photo shoot taking pace, model, lighting, various outfits ready in the wings. I just cannot help myself as the image I can visualise is just too good. I wait at a respectful distance and when the model looks me in the eye, boom I get the photo I wanted. It's all in the eyes, that brief glimpse is enough for me to make a photo. So be respectful, often I have walked on not wishing to disturb, but if you can wait until you get the eyes looking at you. That works for almost every portrait photo I can think of, after all the eyes are the window into the soul. 

A

 

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PHOTO CHALLENGE

October 14, 2023

Hi Everyone

So here we have two photos for a quick challenge. Instead of me telling you what I think, have a look at both and decide what you think works and why. They are similar but at the time I knew I was going to use the shots for this post so made a couple of differences just for you. Do you prefer the train in or out, the leading of the eye with the track, the crop.... what works for you, take these thoughts away and apply them to your photos.

A

 

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HOLIDAY PHOTOS ARE OK TOO

September 28, 2023

HELP!HELP!

Hi Everyone

Often we take photos on holiday and they are rubbish. But you know sometimes we capture something that is a bit special. This photo actually captures the feeling of YES I'M ON HOLIDAY. However when it was in a competition the judge felt that the title "Help !" was more appropriate. So the learning for all is that you can have a great photo but it can mean different things to different people. Only I knew the context of the photo and the feelings behind the physical image. I often see frankly average holiday shots entered into competitions because the photographer has the emotional baggage and history known only to them of a great holiday, which is fine...but don't expect everyone else to get it too.  

A

 

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CAPTURE THE FEELING

August 27, 2023

Shibuya crossing is a great place to see people rushing about

Hi Everyone

Here we have a photo taken at the world famous Shibuya Crossing, a multi directional people crossing point at the heart of Tokyo. 
What I will always love about this photo is that it captures for me the essence of the location. Frenetic, busy, fast, commercial, with the style of dress and the motion. What we have is a slightly slow shutter speed, looking down at the ground at the legs of people rushing over the crossing before the lights changed. This was not a grab shot. It took a few visits and a good few hours to get the right light, position, shutter speed and then a bit of luck.

To capture the essence of a location can take a few days of walking around until you get the feel for it. I have a photo in Grand Central Station New York that frankly took multiple visits and a whole day in hours to capture. Yes sometimes you have to put in the time, but I have always found when you do that the photo to be much more personally valuable.

So don't just try to record a location, try and capture the essence of what a location means to you. 

A

 

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IF YOU LIKE IT, SHOOT IT

August 19, 2023

Hi Everyone

If your eye catches something, your mind almost stops itself with a spike of ouhh I like that. Then follow through on this emotional reaction, stop and take the shot. In fact my tip is really stop, evaluate the shot, take a few and don't rush. Often I've just grabbed a shot without having the courage to really stop, compose the shot, get the right settings and squeeze the best out of scene.

Here we have two bikes in Bologna Italy which caught my eye. Maybe it's the interrelationship between the wheels, maybe the colours, I don't know. I stopped took a few photos, although I should have taken longer, but at least I stopped as I still like this photo.

So keep looking out for images and if you like it, shoot it! 

 

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DO NOT FORGET BLACK & WHITE

August 09, 2023

Hi Everyone

Here is a photo from a South American town. It was an autumn day and a bit grey. So instead of fighting against the lack of colour I used it and switched the photo to Black & White. When we travel we cannot hope to emulate all the images we see on the internet, taken in great light, by a pro photographer, who has been waiting all year for the right moment. We have to deal with what we have, be it rain, dull clouds...whatever. So when you look at your photos consider a switch to Black and White to see if they look better, sometimes it does, sometimes not, but it's an options that is often ignored. 

 

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AVOID THE CROWDS

August 03, 2023

Hi Everyone

Well here we have a photo of Christ in RIO. It's a great photo that makes me smile remembering a happy holiday.

I actually sold this photo to the Rough Guide......but why. Because with the wispy clouds it's slightly different from the norm and this gives the feeling of being high up.

Also what you do not see is the great mass of people all around the base of the statue. So when you see something on your travels that is surrounded by people try and lift the shot a little and keep them out - they often distract from the real subject.


Here is another example. The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, to the right is a crowd of people all taking photos from the path. I walked down onto the rocks, out of the way and got a different shot without the people. Now mine is not the greatest photo, it's weak for a lot of reasons. But it's a lot better than if I had followed the crowd and taken the standard photo. Just an idea to help you get a better shot the next time you are on your travels standing in front of an iconic statue or building. 

 

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BE READY

July 27, 2023

Hi Everyone

So here we have Time Square New York, a simply brilliant place for street life and photos.

The key point here is when Darth Vader steps out in front of you be ready to get the shot. OK this is not an awesome photo, but I did at least get a good record of what it was like at the time.

My camera is generally set on AUTO and I adjust the setting off that when doing something specific. I shoot in RAW so I can edit better, but you may wish just to stay in JPEG setting. My phone has the option to double click the ON button and the camera function opens immediately. 

So know your gear, have your settings pre set and when you are in an area that has lots of potential have your camera or phone in hand READY!

I also have a great shot of Harrison Ford taken just after this one. You just never know who or what is around the corner. Enjoy 
 

For my regular visitors you will notice I am giving my web site a refresh. For new ones, welcome.  I am still aiming to Inspire World Travel through photos. But I am also updating my travel guides and other travel tips / hints. My Blog has a few more examples of what I have learned, with a few more posts in the pipeline. Be kind to me as this is taking a lot of time, but I hope you enjoy the results.  

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GIVE A SUBJECT SPACE

July 23, 2023

Hi Everyone

The photo learning for this blog entry is simple, give your subject space. Especially items that move, eg a boat, plane or car. Here is an example from Hong Kong and the world famous Junk with its red sails. Notice how I have intentionally given it space to sail into on the right. 

If I had not done so then the photo for me would not be as good.

As background I saw the junk approaching the dock but I was not in a great position. So I had to run, and I mean run about 200m to get to a spot on the elevated dock. It was worth it as this allowed me to see onto the deck and it just works. It's also a great memory of a wonderful holiday and this photo has also done well in a competition.

 

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WHICH IS BEST?

July 04, 2023

Hi Everyone

There you are on holiday and a great landscape is all around and you are just so excited you cannot stop taking photos, but stop... here is the challenge. Simply taking the shot at head height is good, as you can see below.

However if you drop down low and get a bit of foreground into the shot, for me, its just so much more interesting and puts the whole scene into more context. It's not prefect as too much grass and flowers can create a sort of barrier to getting into the image. Try it for yourself, experiment and see what balance you prefer. 

I did adjust the odd blade of grass to try and give a channel too look through. If I was doing this again I would take a few more shots and each time remove a few more bits of grass. This could be done in editing software but for me that's just time consuming and I prefer to get it right in the camera/phone. 

Until next time.

A

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