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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2024 at 21:05
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

For me travel photography is a mixture of urban and rural landscape, with a bit of street thrown in. Fairly similar to what we did when we met up (although we travelled to Neasden and Greenwich).

New places are inspirational. I don;t think you are any way old enough, but being a volunteer courier for Anthony Nolan (other charities that require you to travel are available) has opened up a lot of travel options for me... the one problem is that you can tend to treat the exotic place as quite mundane after a while (I'm attempting a bit of a reset after lockdown).

I did an atricle on 35mmc which skirts around the same issues...


Hey Bob, hope you are keeping well
That was an interesting read, you touch on a lot of points we have considered here. Always like seeing your fisheye shots and composition, makes me want to go out buy one for myself again

Good to see are still at it with the volunteering, photography aside, that's some very good work.

I now appreciate the point about seeing a new place in a "different light".
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Interesting discussion! My thoughts, as one of the least-well-traveled Dyxum members:

When I read the phrase, "travel photography," I thought of travel writing, as in the kind of writing (and photography) done by a professional writer for magazines and websites dedicated to travel. A travel writer typically writes about the experience of traveling to a given location, highlighting the positives and negatives, suggestions of places to go and places to avoid, so their readers will know what it might be like to travel to that location. So travel photography, as a phrase, suggests the pro photographer who takes the photos that accompany a travel writer's articles (if it isn't the writer him/herself). And, just as the travel writer's perspective would be limited to that of a visitor (or maybe a long-term visitor), travel photography would also likewise suffer the limitations imposed by time and chance on a person who cannot revisit the place to capture it in all of its moods. It might also carry an odor of commercialism that would not be present in documentary photography.

A great deal of my education was focused on the written word. I would love to be a travel writer/photographer in order to justify traveling expenditures and to 'see the world'. As my children are almost adults, I may have more freedom to travel in the coming years, but could I quit my day job? Not so sure.
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Travel photography for me is simply capturing the images, the character and the flavour of a place you travel to get to, whether for the first time or on a re-visit, within your home country or abroad.
It encompasses the natural environs, the history and heritage, the culture, the colour, the architecture, and especially the local people.
In order to do that I carry a trio of lenses that cover the bases for me: 24-70mm, 16-35mm and 70-200mm plus 1.4x T/C. That basic combo has stood me in good stead over the decades in evolving versions, and I'm delighted that the latest ones are much more compact, lighter-weight and faster focussing than their antecedents.
If I'm travelling on an itinerary highlighting wildlife I will add a 200-600mm.
Sometimes for special effect I add a 15mm linear fisheye.
One thing that has tightened up is taking candid photos of locals without first asking permission. In days gone by it was relatively straightforward but nowadays locals are more conscious and sensitive to being snapped unguarded. But asking permission isn't too onerous.
Anyway, it's one of the things I love and intend to continue to do for as long as I'm able.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 June 2024 at 20:27
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

Very good text, nandbytes.

I treat photography as a kind of diary. Yes, many people can construct better sentences, express themselves more beautifully and more intelligently. But what I did is my diary, no one else's.
Now I don't even buy any souvenirs in the places I visit, photos are enough.

That's a very nice way to put it. Thank you for sharing, don't mind if I borrow some of your thinking

I agree on that.

While traveling (and not so far or long as many other Dyxummers) we (my friend and I) go mainly by one of our vintage cars to our holiday home. Since about 2008 I am writing diaries when on holiday/traveling, just for the purpose of ensuring/fixing memories, just to record what we have done, where we have been, what we have seen and what the weather was. I therefore take with some of to almost all my gear. Until last year we went to campings and my gear was "reduced".

The only purpose is, as written, that we can recall places, situations, surroundings just for our own memory. And yes, I'm taking pride when friends say that the photographs are good (to their standard). Just my satisfaction and yes, some photographs are printed in a larger format and are decorating our walls in our house. Just for our fun.

And that is enough for us

Edited by Harm vb - 05 June 2024 at 20:31
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