What's your definition of your travel photography?

Discussion in 'Travel' started by RaymondC, Dec 23, 2017.


How do you travel with general people most of the time?

  1. Mainly urban/city/town travel with hotels / apartment / motel type living.

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  2. Mainly rural travel like reserve/national parks with hotels etc ...

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  3. Campervan travel or van or the such, living on the road

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  4. Living inside a tent, or camping huts etc.

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  5. Cruiseliners ...

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  6. Typical sightseeing tour group packages

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  7. A specific tour group package - like a photography tour or a cooking tour, learning a language etc.

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  8. Other ...

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  1. I have travel a lot, and they were not photography related til the past few years. Since the start of photography, i tend to plan the trip, find a local guide, and direct them when and where to go. this has worked out well as "we" photographers tend to go at a slow pace with different requirement compared with other tourist. we also tend to want to be up early and stay late ,sunrise/sunset. the planning systole for a private tour is usually a year lead time. even with repeat tour to the same location with the same guide, i still advise the guide with a year lead-time. Also, i offer these tour to friends that are in my camera club/meet up group without any markup.

    here is a photos of my last trips.
  2. I am not able to upload photos. i don't know why.
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  3. I agree with tycin on groups and tours - not for me. My wife does not share my passion for photography. For the last ten years or so, she has been very understanding as I have taken a series of two week solo trips to a foreign destination (China, Thailand, Morocco, Korea, Japan, Croatia, Greece, France, Germany, and Italy). To me these trips and their inherent ability to explore the local culture and sights are the essence of travel photography. I am free to explore to my heart's content, and have no one to blame but myself if I don't like the company. I can be up before the sun, take an afternoon nap, eat when and what I want,and be back out as the sun goes down without conforming to someone else's expectations.
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  4. My priority for any travel (and we do a lot) is to learn about the local culture. How are they different, what's better, what's not, why. We want to become a part of the local culture as much as possible. Why do we (U.S.) have such a lower life expectancy than other developed countries and why do we have the highest rates of preventable diseases? Why do we have the highest road fatality rates? Why do we have more human trafficking and drug problems than Amsterdam? Is the seeming happiness and contentment of people in Copenhagen, Utrecht and Stockholm real or imagined? We spend very little time in tourist areas. I'd rather hang out in a suburban village getting to know it than looking at sites I've seen a thousand pictures of.

    My photography follows this. How can photo's tell a story? Probably the most frequent comment I hear from people returning to the U.S. from Europe is "I wish I could live there". Why? So I take a lot of photos of the places that people say they'd like to live to tell the story of why. Photos of the local people and photos of the streets with narrower lanes and fewer cars. I've a gob of photos of people walking and riding bicycles in cities around the world and of what people are eating in cafés.
  5. That's strange to me. I'm really happy when I get home and can sleep in my own bed. Sure it's nice to visit other places. But my home is my home.
  6. I think it can best be summed up as 'walkable human-scale neighborhood'. People, expats in particular but also many tourists, like that there are compact neighborhoods with everything within walking/biking distance. They like smaller stores and restaurants vs big-box stores and chain restaurants. They like being able to walk places rather than having to drive everywhere. They like the town centers (vs strip malls and parking lots?). A surprising number of people mention noise and that Europe is quieter - people don't talk as loud in public places, not as much car noise, not as much media/tv noise in restaurants.

    More recently people are mentioning food quality, both taste and healthiness as well as normal and less obesity producing portions.

    Most of us prefer our own beds and homes to hotels and B&B's. Maybe it's more of 'I wish my home town was more like these home towns'.
  7. I just spent 6 months in Shanghai, with the last month traveling around far western China where you can actually get away from the obnoxious Chinese tour groups. One thing I learned in this experience is that cab drivers are a wonderful source of local color, information, opinion, and philosophy. However, one has to be able to speak the local language to make use of this resource. Otherwise, I found it hard to really get to know the local people except for relatives.

    As far as travel philosophy, I pretty much agree with Rick Steve's approach (e.g. Travel Talk Video: The Joy of Travel | Rick Steves' Europe), though he has kind of lost his way by promoting large tour groups.
  8. Most of the time I travel for business with a Fuji X-10 always ready to shoot in my bag. In travel photography is hard to predict exactly what the next photo opportunity will be. So never miss a chance for a good photograph whether you travel for business or pleasure!

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