We recently went to Oribi Gorge, 21kms inland from Port Shepstone, on the South Coast of South Africa. Unfortunately my 18mm – 35mm lens was in for repairs. For this reason I was very limited in the photos I was able to take with my 70mm – 300mm lens. But I did not let that deter me!
Instead of looking up and into the distance for photos, I found myself paying more attention to my immediate surroundings.
It reminded me of the one assignment we were given as photographic students, to go out and find photos to take, within close proximity of where we were standing.
Hiking in the wilderness, provides excellent opportunities to take in your surroundings and find a different perspective. Don’t just click away at family and friends. There’s an entire world around you too.
Don’t necessarily wait until you go out somewhere to try out this concept. When you’re at a loose end, grab your camera and take a stroll outside, whether outside entails a garden, a field or a great big city. It really doesn’t matter.
Not all of us are fortunate to have a program on their computer which they can use to manipulate their photos. But every digital camera has a ‘Scene’ setting. Why not play around with the different affects by taking the same photo, but selecting a different scene. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make to the photo.
This trip away certainly reminded me that there is more than one way to capture an awesome shot. Just make the best of what you have to work with. Happy clicking every one!