Saturday, January 17, 2009

Nature Photography In The City?

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you look at a Nature/Wildlife photograph? If you are like me it goes something like this, "Wow, I wish I could go THERE to get a picture like that". In fact, I would dare to say that many a great photograph are never taken because we are "here" rather than "THERE'.

What makes "THERE" so special? A particular flower, stream, or exotic animal? Okay. Yes, that does make "THERE" special BUT more often than not it boils down to this:

We are here and okay but if we were there would would be better off. This goes not only for photography, but with all things in life. If we only had that job, that house, or that vacation trip to Africa then everything would be alright. It is part of the human psyche for us to want to be somewhere else. Why? Because the grass is greener on the other side, right?

So my challenge to you is to reverse your thinking about photography. Here is a little trick that you can use to help you get out and find new subject matter:

*Go to your local Chamber of Commerce or tourism board and ask them for a visitors information packet. You may think that you already know everything about your area but you may be suprised. There is almost always something in every community that draws visitors from out of town and chances are that these visitors are taking pictures of something.

Remember that someone else's "out there" is your back door!

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