Take Better Travel Photos
Calgary Alberta, Canada
My husband and I had to take a quick surprise trip to Canada this week. We had a family member pass, so you gotta do what you gotta do for the family. Not only that, but Grandpa sold the family ranch, so we had to clear out 3 barns as well. This was not an easy task, emotionally nor physically. The Ranch has been in the family over 50 years and to see it come to an end is very sad. I decided to take some time and document the ranch, so that the family can look back and remember the good times they had there. The photos turned out so nice people were saying “Wow, I’ve been coming to the ranch for years and it never has looked this beautiful!” It made me smile and reminded me that I do have a photographer’s eye and that I do see things differently. While we were able to spend time comforting family members, we got to enjoy some pieces of good ol’ Canada. My goal was to take some nice photos that didn’t look like regular vacation photos. For example..
This picture probably looks like something anyone’s taken when visiting a mountain side. It is flat lite by the lite and doesn’t give it justice on the scale of the mountain. I decided I wanted a secondary subject for my photo to show scale and composition. As you can see in the photo below, it gives it more depth with having the shadows showing texture.
My husband and I visited this same location right before school started and it was lush and full of life. When we left for school, wild fires came through and destroyed over 30% of the national park. Coming back it was amazing to see the difference of 2 weeks had made. Not only that, but this was a trail that we went on last summer. It started at the Waterton Visitor center, that was also burnt to the ground. I felt this second photo gave more of the story that the burnt forrest wasn’t just a mountain, but had life.
Another tip on how to make an average travel photo into an extraordinary photo, is keeping your eyes peeled! We were walking downtown Calgary Alberta and we saw the iconic Calgary Tower. I took some pictures while walking the cross walk (not recommended) and got a nice decent shot.
It wasn’t until a few blocks down that I notice I could still see the tower, but in the reflection of other sky scrappers. This tower was so dominate and kept catching my eye that I could even take this shot of the tower, while facing the opposite direction.
I thought I had missed my shot because by the time we found parking, the sun was low enough to hide behind all these skyscrapers. Goes to show you, that even though you may not be in the light..something else can be!