Creative Vacation Photography

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Creativity, Photography, Photography Tips, Popular | 7 comments

Those following me know Justin and I just spent a few days with friends riding our Harley motorcycles in Glacier National Park. It was my first time doing such an adventure. Packing clothes and camera gear for a week away (to be carried on a motorcycle) is challenging. When asking what camera gear I should pack I got plenty of replies from “take nothing, enjoy the ride” to “take everything, you will end up needing the one thing you left behind.”

It’s a fact that I need to create so I took everything including the tripod which wouldn’t fit – but then I realized I could strap it to the luggage rack.

A new location – especially one that flourishes with such beauty – provides the opportunity to create visual expressions with my camera. It offers the opportunity to be creative and capture images I cannot capture at home. Like everyone, I would take the standard ‘grand vista’ photos, but my personal creative goal is to create images (artistic, perhaps impressionistic) that would not necessarily document how beautiful the park is, but rather create images that would be an impression, tell a story, or perhaps stand alone as art (fine art?). When you are finished reading this article, feel free to view more images from this trip on my Smugmug.com gallery.

Why Photography?

Photography enables the creative individual almost instant art these days. You can do it anywhere – literally, and if you begin seeing your world in little vignettes of composition, it will strengthen your ability to design when working in other creative artistic mediums.

Seven Tips for Vacation Photography

1. Know your camera and know your settings without fussing with the owner’s manual. Point-and-shoot is fine but there are limitations that will not allow you to do certain things. Since this is not a lesson on the techniques of photography, I’ll just say – know your camera and learn the flexible options available to you.

In order to create blurred water, the camera had to be on a slow shutter speed and stabilized on a tripod (or a rock in this case).

In order to create blurred water, the camera had to be on a slow shutter speed and stabilized on a tripod (or a rock in this case).

2. When shooting vistas, take care when framing the shot. Even though the mountain may be the thing that draws the eye, if the clouds are dramatic, raise the camera up and feature them! I don’t do rules (surprise, surprise), but the rule of thirds is a good one to remember – putting the horizon 1/3 from the top – or 1/3 from the bottom. In most cases, I push that to 1/4 from the top or 1/4 from the bottom – or even more extreme. The position of framing should not be an accident. Give it thought. If you choose to have the horizon dead center, have a reason for doing it such as getting the mountain reflection in the water and splitting the frame into a mirrored composition.

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This is Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. It was so clear that the rocks were almost gem-like. This photo shows clouds but the sky was mostly blue above that with no clouds at all. Swinging the camera down to minimize the sky and highlight the lake and stones was the smartest move in this case.

3. Think vertically! We have a tendency to shoot landscapes and vistas horizontally, but sometimes the vertical shot will prove more interesting.

The foreground was interesting and the vertical composition gave me the opportunity to highlight that.

The foreground was interesting and the vertical composition gave me the opportunity to highlight that.

 

4. Documenting the trip is important, but find things that catch your artistic eye and spend a moment there. Use what you know about your camera and try a variety of compositions using different settings. For example, a group of wildflowers enables you to explore depth-of-field by using different f-stops. Overexpose, underexpose, and try to think differently. Again, this doesn’t happen when the camera is in “program” mode.

A shallow depth of field highlights a few of the daisies, and creates blurred magic in the distance.

A shallow depth of field highlights a few of the daisies, and creates blurred magic in the distance.

5. Weather always creates drama. My least favorite shooting environment is the main part of day with a bright blue sky. In most cases (not always) it’s just boring for me. The morning and afternoon/evening light is so much more dramatic. Clouds, rain, fog, smoke, and dust, all create the opportunity for images that are more engaging than one taken mid-day in full sun.

The clouds create the drama in this scene. The water is just enough to let the viewer know we are at a lake.

The clouds create the drama in this scene. The water is just enough to let the viewer know we are at a lake.

6. Don’t avoid people and roads. So many times there is the tendency to create an image that avoids people and other presumed distractions like roads. The fact is, they are part of the story and can actually make an image more engaging. You’ll see complete strangers in my photos because they are helping to tell the story. In the case of the boys with their father at the lake, I took close ups and then I pulled back to capture the vastness of the location. Both compositions were created with intent. In the end, I have engaging photos of a family interacting on their vacation, but I also have photos of the lake and mountains where the subjects are much smaller – being a supporting cast so to speak.

By zooming in close, and in this case cropping square, we closely experience the moment this father and sons share at the lake.

By zooming in close, and in this case cropping square, we closely experience the moment this father and sons share at the lake.

By pulling back, the lake, mountains, and clouds become strong and important. And, while the father and son are still the focal point, the setting for the image is just as important as the figures.

By pulling back, the lake, mountains, and clouds become strong and important. And, while the father and son are still the focal point, the setting for the image is just as important as the figures.

Driving on a highway, perhaps even stopping to shoot the vistas, one tends to not include the road. But as seen here, the road can be a great feature in the photo.

Driving on a highway, perhaps even stopping to shoot the vistas, one tends to not include the road. But as seen here, the road can be a great feature in the photo.

7. Shoot into the sun! That’s right – do it. Of course, any subject will go into silhouette, but that’s fine. Back lit photos are often very dramatic. The main thing is to know you are doing it on purpose with the intent to create a dramatic effect. If you are wanting to take a group photo that shows all the faces then don’t shoot into the sun. But there are plenty times when doing just that will create amazing results.

Shooting into the sun won't show detail, but the results can be dramatic.

Shooting into the sun won’t show detail, but the results can be dramatic.

 

See more images from this trip on my Smugmug.com gallery.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Cool tips. Love your pictures.

  2. I’ve been bugging the hubby to go on a bike road trip ever since I saw the first pictures get posted. Thanks so much for sharing and of course the cool tips.

    The landscape with the cloud drama is breathtaking! Clearly you had a great time.

  3. Great pointers. And great photography. Of course, being an artist helps! I saved this.

  4. My husband and I have riden all 50 states on a Honda Gold Wing and have over 125,000 miles under our belts. Taking pictures from the passenger seat on the cycle is a challenge and has resulted in some of the favorite images. You can only see the mountain tops from a cycle. The key trick in taking pictures from a moving vehicle is to be at 45 degrees and never 90 degrees. Everything at that angle will be blurred. Know your camera and play, play, play. I am doing a feature program on “Capture the Moment” in our area and have really enjoyed helping people get creative and try their hand at photography.
    Greatly enjoyed you seminar in Cedar Rapids IA. Now, to apply it. Tried your method of “unsewing” and it works to just pull that seam apart.
    I can take a Rocky Mountain high anytime. We make it to Colorado every other year so cycle riding your back roads.
    Have a great evening.

  5. Ricky, this is great info – things some of us knew and ‘forgot’. Thanks for taking the time to refresh our memories and posting this. Your photos are not only lovely, but now make me want to get this Nikon out and go beyond my comfort zone.

    • Do get that camera out – and start working in manual, aperture priority, or shutter priority. All three have value to what you can achieve!

  6. I’ve enjoyed reading your tips for photography Ricky and like Lisa said, great reminders for forgotten things. Keep telling me and eventually it may become second nature to me.

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