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National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Fine Art Photography by Todd Breitling

 

 

NationalMuseumandFullMoonStockholmFeb2012

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Modern Weapons

Fine Art Photography by Todd Breitling

 

 

ModernWeaponsStockholmSwedenFeb2012

Sunshine and Shadows

A splash of sunshine

Singes the shadows

Of the sidewalks

Inside your head

A marble rolls recklessly

Through the maze of your mind

Exasperated echoes

Fill the haunted chambers

That once rang true

With the voice of reason

All that remains is

The sound of silence

Should you fill it or

Let it be

Does the first one to speak

Really lose

Or does that mean

You really care

We were just a zig zag away

Touching lives of many

Who know the feeling

When everything around you

Flew out the windowImage

Travel Photography Tip 3

Continuing on with tips for the traveling photographer, I offer you my 3rd tip: Essential Equipment. Once you have decided where to go and how to get there, you need to ask yourself what you NEED to bring. A medium to large, comfortable quality backpack is probably the most important item. I use a Tamrac Expedition 7 model, which has multiple adjustable and protective compartments for storing several camera bodies and numerous lenses. Before you leave the house or hotel, attach a wide angle lens to one camera body and a standard 18 -50 mm lens to another. Bring ALL of your lenses and camera bodies. You never know when you may need them and it is better to have lugged them around with you and not used them as compared to wishing you had brought them and missing a cool photo opportunity. One or two 4 GB memory cards and charged batteries would be the next most important items. Also, make sure you some foul weather gear as you never know when the elements may surprise you with rain or snow. A hat to shield you from the sun is also recommended as is sun screen lotion.  Certainly you want to bring several bottles of water in addition to your photography essentials. No matter where you are staying hydrated is essential to a prolonged and successful photo session. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, bring your sense of childlike adventure! HAVE FUN!!

Below, is an example of having multiple lenses handy and attached to your camera body before leaving the house. In cold weather, such as Stockholm, Sweden in February, you do not want to have to attach a lens to a cold camera body out in the elements. Below is a photo taken from Skeppsholmen Bridge using a fish eye lens. 

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Travel Photography Tip 2

 

Yesterday I discussed what I feel is the most important thing about getting great Travel Photos ;taking your time. Today I will discuss what I will call “The Ask”. When your are in a foreign location it is normal to be curious about your new surroundings. Travel Books such as The Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler and Rick Steve’s all provide excellent information. What if you are traveling to a small town in Kansas or Delaware and there is no “tour book” to give you tips on where to visit and what to see. What does one do? Do you walk around town aimlessly? Or do you ask some of the locals what their favorite spots to see are? As known sage and philosopher Forrest Gump said “I think it’s both”.

As I stated in the previous post, it’s always a good idea to have a plan(and a map) before you had out to shoot some photos. However, I feel that you don’t want to have a “set in stone” plan. By that I mean, be flexible, allow serendipity and chance to come into play. Allow a wrong turn to lead you to an unexpected scenario that may create an ideal photo opportunity.Wander around a little bit. Allow your self to get turned around or even lost. The key moment is when to know to ask a local for assistance or what their favorite hidden gem of the town is. Certainly, you want to take in all the advice and tips you can get from locals. Allow them to help you and to give you a few places to possibly check out.Keep in mind, you don’t have to visit all of their suggestions in one day.

Basically, the crux of this post is to allow yourself time to wander aimlessly but also have the common sense to know when to ask a local for suggestions on what is important to see. If you are in a popular location, such as the Caribbean or NYC, for example, try and do both, a little of the guided tour and a little wandering on your own. I believe you will find this experience much more enjoyable than being locked into a guided tour or wandering around lost for hours.

Tune in tomorrow for Travel Tip #3 Below is a photo I came across while wandering around Stockholm. As always, feel free to check out more of my travel photos at my website: http://www.toddbreitling.com Image

 

           

 

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