A common question that I receive from my readers here on Eye & Pen, is typically ‘How do I master my travel photos, as you have?’ So I thought it prudent to put together this short guide for all of you out there that are curious on how to improve your photography…
If there's a good time to take photos, it's when you're traveling. Still, which camera should you bring along? That largely depends on where you're going and what you're doing, but a good rule of thumb is to leave extremely expensive electronics behind. Sure, that fancy SLR camera takes amazing photos, but if you bring it with you, you'll be worried about it the whole time. So, what other options are there? One of the following should do the trick nicely:
When I was getting ready to depart from Columbus, Ohio's International airport in April of last year – I was off to trek around Europe for the following 8-months – my flight to Barcelona was canceled, because of an American Airlines computer system error. In fact, they ended up canceling all of their flights in the eastern-USA for the entire day. I was put up in a hotel for the night and set to leave the next morning. The problem was that I lost a sizable amount of money from having to miss my booking and reservations, for when I was supposed to arrive on time. Luckily for me, AA issued a flight voucher in my name for a total credit of $500, so long-story-short, I was able to get myself to Aruba!
I was flying around Route 1, trying to beat the ever-approaching sunset. My timing was starting to cut it close, as I could see orange and yellow tones beginning to spread across the sky to my left. But fate smiled upon me, and I was able to make my way to the famous glacier bay along southern Iceland's coast. There were a few groups of tourists, but overall, it was just me and my camera, wandering around the bay, snapping photos of the beauty that is, Jökulsárlón.
“A photographer has the ability to see the world in a different light than non-photographers. They're fortune and riches do not lie within money or materials, but the moments they capture. That is what enhances a photographers life and what separates us from the rest of the world. A true photographer appreciates the beauty in life and believes in the worth of the world.”
–Brandon Elijah Scott
I left Borgarnes, bypassing the Westfjords peninsula via Route 1. However, the next time that I find myself in Iceland, I plan on roaming through the entire peninsula, if possible. The roads on Route 1, between 60 and 61 were absolutely awful. I found myself driving over a snow-covered mountain from hell, where I could barely see in front of my car, and I couldn't go any faster than 20 MPH. A lot of the roads were hugging the side of a cliff, where one wrong move, one slippery slope, and I was going to meet my demise. It was a bit unnerving, to say the least.
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