Engines humming, horns blowing, people walking left and right, tons of paper in your desk and endless phones ringing. These are the typical scenes that most of us go through in our day to day lives. It is both mentally and physically draining, it drives the soul dry.
Travelling is a welcome relief, it is where the mind and body welcomes change. I have been working behind a desk for 20 years and about 5 years ago I decided to pursue my passion which is photography and travel. It has been a roller coaster ride of countless air miles, faces and cultures. In the past months I have travelled from different parts of the world, from Philippines to various parts of Southwest US, South Island of New Zealand, South Korea, Canada, Norway and Iceland. I would like to share some valuable tips when travelling with photography in mind;
NEVER BE AFRAID OF BEING A TOURIST, BECAUSE YOU ARE!
With the advent of free information, a lot of first time travelers would research a location to death. They prefer to know things the locals would know; this was what I did during my first travels. It is a good preparation BUT most often it spoils the fun. Now when I travel, I would just get the basics like most iconic spots and high rated restaurants. I would take a tour bus preferably a double decker and would sit either in front of the bus or window. Some of my best and recent photographs were taken from a moving bus, you will need a light camera with really fast and efficient autofocus. The EOS M series (EOS M100, EOS M50, M6 and M5) is equipped with the DUAL PIXEL CMOS AF.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a sensor-based, phase detection Auto Focus (AF) technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still photos in Live View mode. The photos below were taken from bag to hand position with the AF never missing the shot.
GO TO THE ICONIC LOCATIONS AT THE RIGHT MOMENT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
One down side of going on a normal tour packages is that these companies bring you at the worst time in the most beautiful places, noon time with harsh light, peak hours where there are hundreds of other tourists. I would also recommend to select the most important locations from your trip, rent a car and drive there by yourself or find a local photography tour to that particular destination. This will give you time to photograph the location at the right moment either during golden hour or sunrise/sunset.
The Canon EOS Mirrorless system have been my go to camera system during my travels. It is true to its form as one of the lightest Mirrorless system in the market, even the EF-M lens are lightweight. The photos below were taken in scenic spots in Iceland and Southwest US where I joined a photography tour.
STOP AND TAKE A MENTAL PHOTOGRAPH.
Most of the times, a new place will provide a visual overload. It will overwhelm you and everything that happens becomes a blur. When I travel and photograph the most amazing locations, I would stop whatever I am doing, breathe in and take a mental picture of that moment.