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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2017, 02:40:22 AM »
Hi Ben. I like the images. How do you plan your trips? When I travel, I try to fill my schedule to get the most of my time there to see things, which unfortunately tends to rush picture taking. But if I only have a week to travel, I want to make sure I see a lot.
I know this question is directed to cervantes and not me, but I will add my two cents worth. For photography I far prefer to spend at least a few days at a given location as opposed to trying to see it all. Not only does this yield better photo ops, it is more relaxing which is part of the point of a vacation.
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That "I have just x days! I want to it all!" leads to pure stress.
Better to calm down, take your time, enjoy staying somewhere, finding nice places, getting the right light situation, maybe getting the time talking to locals giving you hints where to go.
Having just one week, like you, ethanz, I'd reduce it to a max of three places to go. Better just two.

To me it's more important to get the sentiment of the place I am than to see as much "important" places as possible.
But, of course, you might see it different. I wish you a pleasant journey anyway.
sometimes you have to close your eyes to see properly.

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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2017, 02:40:22 AM »

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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2017, 09:50:38 AM »
We wouldn't be offended in the least.
If fact we'd admire your ability to bend rules and use a bit of ingenuity.
It's like crossing the street, we too are supposed to cross at traffic lights but no one does.
We get in trouble in other countries that observe that as a rule of law.
I'm happy you came and had a good look at our country.
It is a pity you can't walk around more of the library as it's a beautiful room.
Ireland is a great little place to photograph . I never run out of things to photograph.

Thank you very much and fully agreed!

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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2017, 10:09:46 AM »
Hi, on the pictures of Derryclare, did you edit out the big powercable or did they finally reroute it? I havent been out that way in a few years. There used to a 10 or 20kv line running right across in front of the pine trees.  Disgraceful positioning on one of the most picturesque spots in Galway.

Nice shots by the way. Did you get to Slieve League? Much more impressive cliffs than Moher. If not, maybe next time...

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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2017, 01:17:40 AM »
Hi Ben. I like the images. How do you plan your trips? When I travel, I try to fill my schedule to get the most of my time there to see things, which unfortunately tends to rush picture taking. But if I only have a week to travel, I want to make sure I see a lot.

Hi!

I suppose i could write a whole article about this question.  ;)

Basically, for me there are two kinds of trips:
1. I go somewhere because of some reason and decide to bring a camera
2. I go somewhere to take pictures

On the trips of the first kind I'm happy if I manage to get one or two decent shots but I do not expect to get any. I do not usually publish these either, maybe sometimes in my "recent images" section.

All the photos in the travel articles I publish on my website were created during trips of the second kind.
Traveling to do photography is very different to traveling just to "see" things. You can easily visit five places every day so that you can say "I've been there", but if you want to take real pictures you need to spend much more time on each location.

Usually I scout a place before I even think of taking a picture - for example in the middle of the day where photography is not an option anyways, due to boring light. I take "mental" images and make a desicion where exactly I want to get what picture. Then I come back in the evening or next morning to take the shot, very often only to find out that low hanging clouds are blocking the sun and no light means no photo.
So I have to come back the day after in the hope of having better conditions.

Sometimes an opportunity presents itself on the first try, other times I have to go back to a place multiple times. Especially if you visit destinations with a humid, finnicky climate you should account for at least two, better three tries.

As others already said in this thread it is important to plan enough time (multiple days) for each main location so that you have a reasonable chance to get the pictures you want. Apart from that you should of course get a good shot every time an opportunity presents itself by chance where you just happen to be at the moment.

Hope that helps!

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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2017, 02:16:53 AM »
Years ago when I was more serious about photography, I decided not to take a camera with me when I traveled. That way I would do things and see things instead of just taking pictures.

Then in 2000 I took a camera with me to eastern Europe and found I could finally hit a reasonable balance, so I’m back to taking a camera along these days. (OK, Prague was a challenge. I did get carried away with photographing it.) For the most part, while I do take a lot of pictures, photography doesn’t get in my way very often.

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Re: Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way - Part 2
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2017, 02:16:53 AM »