Today I’m going to try something a little different.   Instead of a polished, developed photo, today we’ll look at a few of the behind the scenes moments that make up a successful road trip, or any type of travel for that matter.   Here’s a few tips and tricks that I’ve recalled from recent explorations.

Follow the light, wherever there is good light there is opportunity for good photography.

Don’t let a bad situation hold you back from going out and exploring.  My tripod was lost with my checked lugage, but as I’ve said before “When the world leaves you without a tripod, find something else to rest your camera on.”  The shot below turned out to be an awesome one, and I wouldn’t have had the chance had I waited around for my tripod to get back!

Enjoy the moments that you have.  Sometimes I’ll find myself almost too caught up in photographing something beautiful, but don’t forget that it’s nice just to enjoy the beauty.  Take moments and just enjoy where you are.

Watch the tide.  Otherwise your feet will get wet.  If you take your shoes off, it’s okay for your feet to get wet. 🙂

A well packed bag will make getting to your gear that much easier, and when a moment happens, you’ll be able to get ready quickly.  Some essential gear: comfy shoes, main camera, music (this is definitely an essential!), and extra cleaning supplies for that pesky travel grime.   Your extras may be extra lenses, a film camera (for the nostalgic types), remote shutter release, filters and the like.

Always try something different.  If you experiment, you never know what kind of shot you may get!  Also, be careful when leaving your camera and tripod suspended over the water to take a picture of your setup.  This could have ended badly.

Get LOST.  Get off the grid.  I’ve found the best photos in areas of “No Service”.  Also, it helps break the addiction you have with your cell phone.  Admit it.

When possible, take a few videos, they are fun to watch later!

Pack light, but if you don’t, have a full sized vehicle to pile all your crap in.  Also, if you end up somewhere without a room to sleep in, this doubles as a decent bed.

A change in perspective can warp an entire scene.  Look for elevation, such as mountains, buildings, etc to try and get a bird’s eye view.   (If it’s this windy, don’t wander too far from your camera).

And last but definitely not least, even though I’ve become pretty good at travelling alone, having someone to join you on these adventures makes them all the sweeter.