I recently went on holidays for a week at the sunshine coast in Mooloolaba Queensland. At the time I was deciding whether or not to take a camera and a couple of lenses. Even though it was forecast for continuous light and drizzling showers all week, apart from a couple of brief light showers in the first couple of morning the rest of the days were just beautiful. This leads me into my second article. As per the Boys Scout Motto, “Be prepared”, the photographer should always have a camera ready to go to take that unexpected shot.
Of course lugging around a high end DSLR camera will lens, may make you stand out. An alternative solution maybe to carry a smaller point and shoot portable camera that fits comfortably into a backpack or side pouch. That way you don’t stand out as the tourist and become prey to someone wanting to get their hands on a high-end camera.
The point being unless you have your camera with you, you may miss out on that one brilliant shot, that you are going to print and display proudly in the home for all family and friends to see. It may be that good that you can sell it at local markets and earn some cash to put away for your next adventure.
The added benefit, especially if you are a keen enthusiast, it gives you the opportunity to hone your skills and maintain that passion that at times may waver. Being on holidays, gives you the chance to slow everything down, think about what you are trying to achieve with regard to the image and adjust the setting accordingly.
I remember some time back when Greg Norman was at the height of his performance on the golf course. On one particular day, can’t remember what tournament, a journalist was commenting about his stroke play and how strong and accurate he was with his short game around the greens. Greg’s response was along the lines that journalists and spectators may witness a shot that may live in their memories forever, but to achieve that one single shot took thousands of similar shots on the practice range. The same with photography, it is a skill in capturing the perfect image via available light, that takes hundreds, even thousands of shots in practice to achieve. So, don’t be disheartened with the outcome on previous outings. Make or buy a cup of coffee, pick up the camera and go to one of your favourite areas and take some photos. The worst that can happen, is you get some exercise in going from point A to point B and you can enjoy what mother nature has to offer.
Until the next time. Cheers.