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Our   next   Mentoring   session   will   just   prior   to   our   Member's   Night   meeting   on   October   16.   Meeting   time   will   be   5:30   at   the   church. Please   contact   me   at   rpdrunner@msn.com    to   give   me   any   subjects   that   you   would   like to   discuss.   That   way,   I   know   I   will   be   covering   subjects   that   you   are   interested   in rather   than   guessing   what   to   cover.   This   is   for   any   level   member   that   would   like   to learn   more   about   any   particular   area   of   photography.   If   your   schedule   requires   you   to be   late,   no   problem,   we   will   be   in   the   back,   northwest   corner   of   the   main   room,   near where the light controls are. Makes it a little quieter.
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Travel Photography Summer   time!   Time   for   vacation   traveling   and   shooting   photos   of   those   areas.   There   are   a   number   of   things   you   can   do   to improve   your   chances   of   getting   really   nice   photos   while   traveling.   Many   times,   we   are   going   to   areas   we   have   not   been   to before or very limited exposure. You   should   always   do   your   research   well   before   going.   With   the   internet   now,   you   can   do   a   lot   of   research,   look   at   photos and   read   reviews   for   anywhere.   Know   what   photographic   areas   you   will   be   coming   across.   Don't   rely   on   just   driving   down   the freeway   and   hoping   to   see   places   to   stop.   Many   really   scenic   locations   may   be   just   a   few   miles   off   the   roadway   but   not   in   view at   all.   Check   for   National   and   State   Parks,   wildlife   preserves   or   many   other   options.   Also   know   the   best   time   of   year   to   visit.   A trip   to   Joshua   Tree   would   be   much   better   in   winter   than   summer.   Once   in   a   new   area,   I   find   it   very   helpful   to   look   at   postcards in the local stores or visit an art gallery. They will most likely, have pictures of the iconic locations nearby. If   you   are   on   a   tight   travel   schedule,   know   when   is   going   to   be   the   best   time   to   be   at   a   location   in   relationship   to   best   lighting, early   morning   or   late   afternoon.   Along   the   ocean,   high   tide   or   low   tide.   Often,   you   can't   just   sit   and   wait   hours   until   the   best lighting   develops.   The   High   Sierras   are   best   shot   in   morning   and   before   the   sun   dips   behind   the   western   mountains   late   in   the afternoon.   And   if   you   do   see   decent   conditions,   stop   and   shoot   it   then.   Don't   figure   it   will   be   good   tomorrow   too   and   put   it off. Be   open   and   flexible   to   opportunities   that   may   present   themselves.   I   have   stopped   and   gotten   really   nice   photos   of   old   barns, corrals   or   old   cars/trucks   sitting   in   a   field   that   we   drove   by.   Be   prepared   for   variety   of   weather   conditions,   especially   if   up   in the   mountains.   I   always   have   an   umbrella   along   with   rain/wind   jacket   and   pants.   In   strong   winds   with   a   telephoto   lens,   you have   the   probability   of   the   wind   causing   movement   in   you   lens.   I   have   used   my   umbrella   to   block   the   wind   so   I   can   still   shoot at   a   high   f-stop   and   low   ISO   setting   to   get   the   best   shots.   Same   with   covering   my   camera   in   the   rain.   Get   out   and   walk around.   Most   people   don't   get   more   than   50   yards   from   a   roadway.   Use   your   wide   angle   and   telephoto   to   get   different perspectives. At   popular   locations,   whether   in   towns   or   the   countryside,   gathering   of   tourists   often   make   it   hard   to   get   photos   without including   the   crowds.   You   can   cut   that   down   tremendously   by   getting   out   very   early   in   the   morning.   And   don't   put   your camera   away   at   night.   The   countryside   can   be   shot   at   night   with   moon   lit   sky   or   in   town,   the   neon   lights,   trails   of   car   lights,   lit up   buildings   and   such   can   make   great   photo   opportunities.   Can   show   movement   of   people   through   a   scene   or   frozen   when people   are   not   moving,   all   creating   interest.   I   recently   spent   several   nights   wandering   the   Embarcadero   and   piers   in   San Francisco,   shooting   night   photos   with   my   camera   on   a   tripod   of   Fisherman's   Wharf,   souvenir   shops,   outdoor   restaurants, markets,   intersections,   Ferris   Wheel’s   and   people   wandering   through   the   scenes.   The   photos   were   very   colorful   and   much more interesting than daytime photos of the same places. Remember   to   capture   the   culture   of   an   area   too.   The   clothing   of   the   residents,   their   homes,   churches   and   other   public buildings. Especially, in foreign countries.
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