I was the guest on episode #410 of Chit Chat Across the Pond, hosted by Allison Sheridan. Allison and I had a great conversation about "thinking like a photographer" to capture unique and interesting images at well traveled and well photographed tourist spots. I share my recent experience of visiting Niagara Falls and my annual trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip fields. With some practice and forethought a person thinking like a photographer can create memorable photographs and not just tourist snapshots. The show can be downloaded directly at podfeet.com or you can subscribe in iTunes.
The "good duck" shot with normal exposure and faster shutter to get a sharp image of the ducks on the log.
"good duck"Image captured with normal exposure and fast shutter to get a sharp image of the mallard duck on the log.
The "slow shutter" image of the falls and log, without the ducks, to get a smooth image of the water.
"slow shutter"A slow shutter image of Niagara Falls to smooth out the water flow.
The final composite image, giving the effect of the duck sitting on the log in the middle of the slow flowing water.
Duck on the fallsDucks hang out on logs at the crest of Niagara Falls
"Early Bloom" - getting low and close to the tulip blooms to change the natural point of view.
Early BloomMulti-color tulips as their buds turn to early blooms during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
"The Over achiever" - Open your eyes to see something unusual, small, or hidden.
The Over AchieverA single yellow and red tulip blooms in a field of red during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington state.
"Flowers in the Backyard" - pay attention to the background to avoid accidental garbage, but try to incorporate the background
Red TulipsA field of red tulips at the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
"Visiting Tulips" - Try to incorporate the tourists into your photos.
Visiting TulipsTulips in a display garden during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I spent a lot of time trying to frame pictures without the many garden visiters stepping into the shot. Here I think the ladies enjoying the blooms helps make this image.
"Sunrise Tulips" - go to the location when everyone else is away - like at sunrise
Tulip SunriseThe sunrises on the Skagit Valley Tulip fields with the top of Mt. Baker on the distant horizon.