Hey Everyone! I hope that you are doing well and are healthy today. This weeks topic is Roadside Photography. What is Roadside Photography? Well its pretty simple your driving and see something you pull off of the road and take a photo. Sounds pretty simple. As a landscape and travel photographer most of my photography is just on the side of the road. You don't have to be the big explorer to get great landscape or travel photo's. You don't have to trudge through the woods or forest for miles to get that great landscape composition. Although it is a great way to get something unique. I would say that 90% of all of my photo's are taken a 5 min. walk from the roadside. If you go to National Parks most of the most iconic scenes are right beside the road on some sort of overlook or pullout just so you can get that photo. Sometimes these shots are just 5 min. from your house. Let me give you some helpful hints on how to get some great Roadside Photography shots.
-Stop the car. One of the biggest mistakes is just not to stop for that photo. In my experience not stopping for whatever reason is the biggest mistake you can make. If I see something that I think will be a great photo and I pass it maybe I saw it at the last min. I will immediately do a U-turn and go back. I don't know how many times I have seen something and I say to myself I'll come back to that later. And I never do. Or if I do come back its not the same , the light has changed or something just isn't right. So first tip is to stop the car.
-Add Time to your trip for photography. This kind of goes hand in hand with the tip stop the car. If you are in a hurry to go somewhere you will more than likely not stop you will pass by a great shot because you don't want to be late for something. If you know your going to be on a scenic highway like the Blue Ridge Parkway plan extra time into your trip because you know you want to pull over and take some photographs.
-Keep Camera Gear Handy and Ready. This tip can be useful in many photography situations. But in Roadside Photography it is extra handy. You want your gear at the ready to take that photography. I usually have my camera and lenses combo's ready to go and set up. So if I see a deer on the side of the road I don't have to fumble for camera gear and lens they are already set up and I can grab them. If I have two bodies with me I will have a long and a wide lens set up so I can grab what is needed for the shot. This also includes having filters and tripod ready. You might not know when a waterfall might pop up.
-Plan and Prepare. If your going on a planned trip to a park do some research. Maybe there is a scenic road that you can take to your destination. Get on the Google Machine and see what photo's others have taken on the trip you're going on. I'm planning a trip right now and that's what I'm doing to get ready for that trip.
The whole point of this blog is to let you know that you don't have to be a world class explorer to get great landscape and travel photography photo's . Most of them are just a drive away. So get out and do some roadside exploring and get some great photo's just a few feet from your car. And get outside and shoot!