Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip
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Visiting a seaside harbor


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Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip

with Mikkel Aaland

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So, we're in Fort Bragg. Still in Northern California. At the Noyo Harbor. And this is where the Noyo River runs right into the Pacific Ocean. And all around me are things to do with fishing. There's fishing boats. And there's crab pots. And I don't know exactly what I'm going to photograph here. I'm sure I'll find something. Because most of the time when you come to a harbor or anything to do with fishing, there's, there's interesting visual things. So I'm just going to walk around and see what I find (SOUND).

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45m 28s Intermediate Aug 13, 2013

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A favorite travel destination is the seaside small town—a place with salt air, beaches, shingled houses, and seafood on every menu. And a great way to get there is by car, making stops along the way.

In this course, photographer Mikkel Aaland travels to Mendocino, a classic seaside small town in Northern California, making stops in Mendocino's Anderson Valley and redwood forests along the way. The course details the gear and shooting strategies involved in capturing the personality of a small town and, just as important, its natural setting and the people who live there. Throughout the course, Mikkel emphasizes the importance of putting your own creative stamp on your travel photos through the use of simple props, friends, or family members.

Topics include:
  • Shooting along the way, from farm stands to redwoods
  • Engaging with—and photographing—the locals
  • Going beyond the postcard shot to personalize your photos
  • Stopping at a bed and breakfast
  • Shooting dunes, waves, and beaches
  • Reviewing the photos from the road trip
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Mikkel Aaland

Visiting a seaside harbor

So, we're in Fort Bragg. Still in Northern California. At the Noyo Harbor. And this is where the Noyo River runs right into the Pacific Ocean. And all around me are things to do with fishing. There's fishing boats. And there's crab pots. And I don't know exactly what I'm going to photograph here. I'm sure I'll find something. Because most of the time when you come to a harbor or anything to do with fishing, there's, there's interesting visual things. So I'm just going to walk around and see what I find (SOUND).

So I went into the fish and (SOUND) game department, they've a little office over here. And I said I want to shoot some pictures of fish and they said there's no, there's no fish right now. This is, you know, not a good time, it's a slow day, you're not going to get any fish. Well anyway, we come over here to this restaurant, and the owner, John happened to be here. He says there's going to be a big load of fish coming in for his liquid fertilizer. And sure enough, a truck shows up, filled up with fish heads and fish guts.

Okay (SOUND), But (SOUND) from a photographer's point of view (LAUGH), just having these streaming fish heads and guts coming out of this truck. Oh, you know, it's, it was really, really beautiful to watch. And I got my fish. when I was walking around, because this isn't the only place I photographed. I walked around, saw a lot of signage boats, tried to capture a little bit of the feeling of the, of the harbor. Basically with the, with a wide angle lens.

some of the problems I had technically were this bright sunlight. It's, it's, it's hard to work with especially if you want to shoot signage that's backlit. So I had to do some kind of bracket exposure (SOUND), So I shoot multiple shots and then later I'm going to, I'll put them together to make what's called an HDR, or high dynamic range image. So, these are the challenges that come with shooting in the middle of the day anywhere. and they're, they can be overcome when you know what you can do later in post-processing.

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