As a landscape photographer, often times I must plan and travel to capture a shot I want. Sometimes, it is a grueling process that involves skimping on sleep, hiking long distances (perhaps in the dark), carrying gear, and finding the way home.
This process is essential to create many provocative photographs. But it’s not the only method. Many times one can create a moving photograph by not traveling too far, but allowing your mind to wander an brainstorm creations.
During our vacation to Clearwater Beach, I didn’t make much time for landscape photography — instead, I made time for relaxing with the family. Our daily sight was the Gulf of Mexico, where we witnessed the dramatic changing of light and color with the transitions in weather. My eyes and attention were always drawn to infinity and the horizon over the water, and with the varied situations in weather allowed me to feel different emotions.
While I did not travel far for each shot, I spent time and effort in creating a series of images that captured my thoughts. Instead of traveling and finding the image, I let the image come me — through time and reflection. If I apply a similar method to my shots when traveling to a location, invariably I find better results and that I create more powerful shots. Now, your thoughts are appreciated 🙂