Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip
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A stop at a roadside farm stand


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Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip

with Mikkel Aaland

Video: A stop at a roadside farm stand

Okay so we've, we've stopped here this classic fruit stand on the side of the road, this could be anywhere, and I'm just really taken by all the things that are happening here in this shot well I have a beautiful oak tree right here. I have the, this great shadow from the oak tree, and the sign, Gowan's Oak, Oak Tree Fruit Stand. there's one thing that's missing though, and I need to get some energy into this shot. And you can see we are right here on the main road, and we got cars going by.

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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

A stop at a roadside farm stand

Okay so we've, we've stopped here this classic fruit stand on the side of the road, this could be anywhere, and I'm just really taken by all the things that are happening here in this shot well I have a beautiful oak tree right here. I have the, this great shadow from the oak tree, and the sign, Gowan's Oak, Oak Tree Fruit Stand. there's one thing that's missing though, and I need to get some energy into this shot. And you can see we are right here on the main road, and we got cars going by.

Normally you might think of that as distracting. But in, I'm going to use it as an element in this picture to make it more interesting. So, what I've done is I've put the camera on a monopod. So I have a little more stability. Vertical stability. And I'm shooting at a fairly slow shutter speed. In this case about a thirtieth of a second. And the next part is just really waiting for the car to come by. Now here's somebody com, some car coming now so I'm going to get ready to shoot. And, as soon as the car comes into my frame, I'm going to start shooting. And right, now.

(SOUND) And I want the car coming towards me. (SOUND) Not bad. The blur's good. Let's go get some apples. So this is great, we stop at this fruit roadside fruit stand. We can buy some apple and get some honey, and you know it's a great thing to do when you're on the road anyway, but I walk in here and the first thing I do is I start seeing photo ops.

And there's all kinds of fun patterns and shapes. With the fruit, and what I'm going to do now is I'm going to switch from the wide-angle lens that I was using earlier outside to capture the overall feeling of the stand. I'm going to switch to a macro lens, because I'm going to have some fun with these shapes. So I'm going to take off this lens and put on the macro. Okay, so now I have a macro lens on. And with this lens I can really get in tight and do some interesting, shots, of the, of the fruit and the, and these paper bags.

So I'm going to go ahead and start shooting. Now before, before I do that though I want to boost my ISL because it's obviously less light in here so I'm need to increase the sensitivity of my, of my sensors so I get a good enough fast enough shutter speed. So lets go up to about 1600 ISL, see if that works. And I'm also going to switch this from shutter preferred where it was set before. To aperture preferred. And I'm going to give it about.

Let's see. Maybe (SOUND) let's see 3, 5. Something like that. See how that works. And okay this bag. Yeah, I'll go ahead and start with this. So we're here. Oh, that's beautiful. (SOUND) It's 250ths of a second. Macro lenses and when you're shooting tight, you really need to have a fast enough shutter speed, because even the slightest movement will blur the image.

So this is a hundred and five mil, a hundred and and five millimeter macro. So it should be over a hundred and fifth of a second. So ideally two hundredths of a second, three hundredths of a second, something like that. Otherwise you're going to get camera shake, especially since I'm doing this handheld. All right, so now I'm just focusing, using the Auto Focus function which works really well on this camera. This is a great stop. We were just going to stop for a minute. Grab an apple. Hit the road again.

No way. We walked in there, and it just turned into a visual feast. It was, it was just a great, stop. Because I, really got into the different shapes and patterns of the fruit. the whole, the whole shop was just filled with visual treats. It was like a full meal. Much more than just a simple. Apple and went around the proprietor, who was so kind as to, let me go around taking pictures, as much as I want. She wouldn't let me take her picture, which I wanted to. But that's okay, you gotta respect that.

but I think we, I got some really good shots in there, and it, this is what's so wonderful about this kind of travel. Is you allow yourself the time to do this. And as long as you're getting that great visual stuff, keep working it. Keep having fun. And later when you look at these pictures, after you're finished with your trip, you're going to be amazed at what you got.

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