Do you travel to make photos or do you take photos while travelling ?

Discussion in 'Philosophy of Photography' started by Wolf, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    Mar 4, 2012
    Just curious how you guys (and girls) see this...
    Since i'm into photography (mid 2010) I'm really keen to do a new trip or to visit events to take nice photos (ofc I enjoy the events too)
    I feel photography makes me look at a lot more things and details too in general

    I know photos can be taken "everywhere" but it's fun if you can discover new places / people to take photos of ;)

    My next trip is Berlin (end of march) :)
  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    Good question!

    I think ultimately I take photos while travelling, but like you said, being on the lookout for photo opportunities is a great way to look around more attentively and be really aware of your surroundings at all times - although it can sometimes prevent you from just slowing down and drinking in the atmosphere with all your senses, when you're too busy looking for the best way to record the scene in a photograph. That danger is certainly something to be cautious of, I think!
  3. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    Since I retired I make an effort to travel (within a few hours drive) to locations where I can take pictures. Living in South West London I have no shortage of places to visit.
  4. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    The travel definitely comes first for me. I have a 7 yr old, so I am very cognizant of "family fun time" as opposed to "Dad playing photographer time". I usually try to get some nice snaps when we travel, but that is definitely not the primary goal.
  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    I take photos when I travel, but seem to only take photos when I travel now. Kinda bummer as I really should be taking more photos.
  6. flysurfer

    flysurfer SC Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2011
    Depends. When I'm working on a new book, it’s the first. Otherwise the latter.
  7. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
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    Gary Ayala
    When I was working news, I traveled to take photos. Some years, I traveled so much that for vacation, I just stayed home and never picked up a camera.

    Now, for day trips I actually combine the two. I've been taking day trips to wine country, which I would do without a camera, just go for the wine ... which I would do with a camera but without tasting/purchasing any wine.

    As a general rule, traveling with others and photography doesn't mix. With others, you can take some snaps, but it is very difficult to do any real photography without boring the hell out of your fellow travelers.

  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    When my wife and I are considering a big trip of some sort, the trip comes first and then I figure out how to work some photography into it. For shorter trips in the relative vicinity I basically go places to do photography. I love street shooting and, except for the occasional street fair or other big local event, I have to travel to at least Philadelphia to do much in the way of street photography. Since it tends to need people in it... I've travelled to Philadelphia and Atlantic City and even New York City primarily to do photography. I spent a month in NYC and it wasn't solely to do photography, but that was a big part of it. I've also done a good bit of shooting in Europe and Jamaica and Seattle and elsewhere but photography was not any part of the reason for those trips. We're going to the Amalfi Coast this summer for a few weeks and photography isn't WHY we're going, but I'm gonna be shooting my butt off when we're there.

  9. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    I like to travel and enjoy it. But I also travel to do photography projects. I would rather work on my photography than work on my tan.
  10. iau

    iau SC Rookie

    Sep 11, 2010
    When I travel it's always because of something else, but I mostly enjoy it because it let me practice my hobby... I mostly take snapshots so traveling with others is not a problem.
  11. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I don't compromise my vacations as they are very rare to begin with but I do take a camera and take photos as I go, I just don't plan around photographing. Advice I was given by others that I follow actually, enjoy the trip first. Otherwise, though I haven't been active shooting at all the last couple months, I generally take a camera everywhere I go, at least one camera and I try to have little outings with the purpose of exploring photographically.
  12. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
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    Combining the 2 is the ultimate and unless its a very short trip with a packed itinerary I will bring my gear. The longer the trip, the more open the itinerary and the fewer people....the easier it is to get photography time in. On my most recent trip I went up to the high alpine country here in Victoria, Australia for 2 weeks...I was with a larger group of friends and although I snapped away casually on most days, I did take 3 separate full days out just to shoot...and I did that SOLO much to my friends confusion. The guys LOVE going through my photos after a trip when I've had them all processed and sorted and always ask to join me on my walks...but I just can't shoot with an entourage in tow. It works out well though as I tend to balance photographic 'me' time with group holiday time.

    I will take the odd short day or weekend trip to places writhing a few hours of Melbourne for photography alone.
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  13. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Phoenix Gonzales
    I think I'm a bit of both. I travel overseas every year and on that instance I tend to take photos whilst travelling. It's a different story though when I am at home, where I travel either around Melbourne or venture out further around Victoria to take photos.
  14. EasyEd

    EasyEd SC Regular

    Dec 22, 2010
    Hey All,

    I guess another way to phrase the title of this thread is: Are you a trophy hunter or do you shoot everything in sight? :biggrin:

    My preference is to shoot everything in sight (that is of interest).

  15. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
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    Stephen Noel
    Early years traveling with the family, I took several pictures. Now I take the camera bag, but rarely shoot as we travel. I do most of my photography at home or near by (short photo day trip).
  16. CapoDave

    CapoDave SC Veteran

    Dec 3, 2011
    Mission Viejo Ca
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    Dave Kavlich
    I'm also rarely happy with photos I take when I'm with others.
    I travel a bit with my job and always bring a camera, but then that's generally after five.
  17. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
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    I hate travelling alone. So I'm usually with a bunch of people around me while travelling. I also have my cameras on me, every day, all the time even while not on holiday. People who know me are quite used to have me pull out a camera and stand staring for minutes at apparently nothing. Sometimes it happens mid conversation (which is not good and I really need to stop obsessing so much). I find that when travelling with people, what usually works is if you lay out an itinerary for "photographic down time" well in advance, it doesn't come as a surprise to them and works out pretty ok. If I'm not in a city, I head to bed early and wake up before dawn and spend a couple of hours pottering around with my cameras, ditto at dusk. Also when travelling with friends, its good to have some time off from each other. Helps preserve sanity.
  18. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
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    Gary Ayala
    "... and stand staring for minutes at apparently nothing. Sometimes it happens mid conversation ..."

    This happens to me as well, with or without a camera.
  19. François

    François New to SC

    Dec 24, 2012
    Arizona, USA
    Travel comes first. I bought my first digital camera 11 years ago ( a Leica Digilux 1) because I was going one a one year backpacking trip around the Mediterranean. It began my love affair with photography. I finally gave away my Digilux for a LX3 and went for 5 month in India. If I enjoyed the quality and size of the camera it was evident that the lack of a viewfinder and the slow speed (it was improved with the later firmware) was a bit of a let down.
    I was also getting more and more into following the web and forums and falling into the craze of camera mania. For my next long trip, 2 years ago, I decided to get a Sony SLT33 and 2 prime and 2 zoom.
    I enjoy the result in terms of photography but hated to have to carry all that stuff with me. I am now back to Lumix having recently acquired a LX7 and it's compatible EVF. I will be going back to Mexico in few weeks and I am please that all my equipment (camera, sound recorder (Zoom H1) and Ipad and Kindle) will be in a messenger bag weighting just few pounds.
    I have decided not to obsess with equipment anymore and focus on travel and the joy of travelling light.
  20. wrangler

    wrangler SC Regular

    Jan 11, 2013
    SW Minnesota
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    Dennis Ulrich
    I travel to learn about new places, people and things. I take a camera to record what I saw.