For the newest Readers Photo Challenge we’re going to revisit one that was done last year. Twenty-nine people sent in 114 photos making it one of the most popular assignments. “Vacations: The Sequel” is this month’s theme.
Getting a good vacation photo is more than just taking a snapshot of a particular landmark or event. You need to use just as much care in taking a travel picture as any other kind of photo.
I know that itineraries and travel plans can limit your picture taking opportunities, but, as with other genres of photography, your photos will benefit greatly from the time of day when you take them. Try for the golden hours of early morning just after sunup or late afternoon just before the sun goes down. They can provide a warm pleasant glow to your pictures. Nighttime can also be good for travel pictures. There are some cities – New York and Las Vegas come to mind – that come alive at night.
Try to capture the personality of the places that you visit. Think about going beyond the famous landmarks that have been photographed so often that it’s very difficult to come up with a different way to shoot them. Try for smaller, quieter out of the way places with ambiance and character. Also don’t just take pictures of the architecture of a city but the people who inhabit it as well. A photo’s storytelling ability is always enhanced when there’s a human element involved.
The time period for this challenge will be extended retroactively back to the traditional start of the vacation season of Memorial Day weekend (May 23). Also, the deadline will be August 20, giving those who have yet to go on vacation an extra week more than the normal challenge.
How to enter:
1. Entries can be emailed to email@example.com. Type in “Summer” in the subject line.
2. Photos have to be shot between May 23 and August 20. The can be of any subject but they must taken while on vacation.
3. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (eg: “John Doe, Stockton. At Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. Canon EOS Rebel Ti with 18-55mm lens”)
4. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos (eg: 6-year-old Jane Doe, of Lodi, rides on the teacups at Disneyland in Anaheim).
5. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.
6. The deadline for submission is Thursday, August 20. The top examples will be published on Thursday, August 27 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.