Photography Trips

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    I’m not really sure how other people take pictures. While sometimes I’ll take a shot of the cats or the clouds or something in the house, most of my photography is done in concentrated photography trips lasting 4-8 hours.

    First, I need to decide a start and end point. For me the experience of a photography trip is a journey with a beginning, middle, and end. The photos should reflect that.

    My approach is to map out an area photographically like a grid, whether it’s the slums of Benton Harbor, Michigan or the Forest Roads in the Coconino Forest. The car is thus an integral part of the trip; in order to “cover” a grid of geography in some detail, I typically travel down as many different roads and streets in the area as possible, looking.

    In the end, it is all about the looking. Concentrated looking. Light, shadow, composition, emotion, humor, ugliness, beauty, truth, deception; looking. What could be better?

    Forest Road 300, Mogollon Rim Road, Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim with Kodak EBX 100 XPRO. (Explore)

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    1. losy 67 months ago | reply you go at great lenghts.... I have not often the time to go on 'real' photo trips....

    2. Irene2005 67 months ago | reply

      Love this...awesome compo and tones!

      Most of my pictures I take when I travel for work - it is always some far away country, so everything I see is a picture. The problem is, I have very little free time to wonder around before it is dark...and after dark most places I travel to are not safe. I need to figure out what to do about that!

    3. hapulcu 67 months ago | reply

      Superb catch Kevin.

    4. BekonTM 67 months ago | reply

      I like the perspective and redish tones, works fine

    5. sREe inspired. [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

      interesting tone for this picture...and a nice description...

    6. eepeirson speedwriting! 67 months ago | reply

      super shot, Kevin, and very interesting info... I think my first view is textures and how to address them... I like the way you prod people to think!

    7. RomaBea (on & off) [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

      Magnificent tones and comp ! WOW !!

    8. *Lynne 67 months ago | reply

      Super POV and processing--thanks for sharing
      the details of how you plan your photoshoots--very


    9. ~lala~(Lisa) 67 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture, the tones...thanks for sharing your tips too! =)

    10. aimeeern 67 months ago | reply

      Very dramatic impressive shot.

      Loved hearing about how you go on a photographic journey. Never thought about "mapping" an area. I haven't built up the stamina for such an intense experience yet. I often go out with a misty idea of something burning in my consciousness and sometimes it comes to fruition and sometimes it metamorphasizes into something else entirely once I am out. I'm usually spent after 2 hours at it though.

    11. tengtan (catching up) 67 months ago | reply

      Remarkable composition and colour!

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    12. KLnyc 67 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the tips!! I want to try your guide.

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    13. *setsuna 67 months ago | reply

      so powerful!!

    14. Jocko B. 67 months ago | reply

      Outstanding fiery look to this.

    15. GioPhotos 67 months ago | reply

      I plan my trips using google maps. :D I wonder around places I think are interesting. :)

      This is wondrous!

    16. rkramer62 67 months ago | reply

      I bring my camera with me everywhere I go (it fits in my purse, and my purse is almost always with me). I get excited about a road trip though, to see new and exciting things to capture. Cool shot, Kevin!

    17. hey.pictrues 67 months ago | reply

      interesting picture

    18. 67 months ago | reply

      Great shot- nice narrative. I've tried similar in Dallas, going up and down streets in a grid. The results can be pleasing.

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    19. zaui 63 months ago | reply

      My wife and I used to go on photo trips. Now we just follow the kids around.

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