So often I hear from people who ask for creative ideas when they get in a rut. My first response is to change their point of view – often suggesting to look locally, from the perspective of a tourist. That’s not all though.
Instead of looking at things from a tourist perspective, or your typical straight ahead point of view, try looking up or down. Alternatively, if you are a landscape shooter try portraiture – or vice versa! Try street photography or architecture.
Of the above, by far my favorite is to be a tourist at home. It’s so much fun to take off the local hat and just pretend to be a tourist. Once you put your tourist hat on, even at home, your psyche shifts and opens up creative possibilities you may never have considered before. Being a tourist at home is just about the best way to get creative (especially when on a budget) there is in my book. Be a Tourist at Home!
That being the case, today I took my own advice when downtown for work and tried to follow a theme of architecture. Here’s the results of my efforts…
About two weeks ago I was taking the dog for her morning constitutional in the park. I was particularly struck by the fall foliage that surrounded me at the time, suggesting that my photography timing was nearly perfect for the season:
Sure enough, when we wast forward two weeks to yesterday afternoon at the same location, the colors were much more subdued, the blue skies gone (replaced with gray), and the water reflecting the same flat colors of the environment:
It’s not quite the same scene now is it? The teaching point here is that beautiful photographs are not just pointing your camera at anything and expecting it to be this wonderful thing. Making great photos takes time and commitment.
It also takes having some sort of creative vision. Countless people upload photos to Flickr, Smugmug and the like daily. Most are coming from mobile devices these days. Few are good, and even fewer inspire. If you want to inspire, find that vision, and make it happen. That means your photography timing, in addition to your photographic vision, your photographic skills, your photographic composition, and so much more all need to sync up to create that magical scene!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – beautiful photography comes from within. What do you want to capture?
I’ve been traveling though a number of states over the past few weeks. So many, in fact, that the well has gone dry of articles and I’ve not had the time to replenish lately. So, in the interests of hopping back on the proverbial horse with some fun content, I am going to share some photos I took from my most recent trip, give you some options, and see if people can guess where I am. No explanation of the photos, no back story, nothing on that today. Hopefully next week I’ll get a little more info out there in case no one can guess – got it? Ready? Here goes: