Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Engaging with the locals, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
Started out earlier this morning over here at the Noyo harbor in…Fort Bragg, and really didn't know if we were going to find anything.…I suspected we might because these type of places often…times have something hidden, if you dig a little bit.…(SOUND)…(SOUND)…Sea Pal restaurant.…I walked in and I was already intrigued by the, the facade of this restaurant.…It's kind of, it's very…(SOUND)…So, I walked in and I saw the guys…working in the kitchen and just tried talking to them.…
They're young kids and you know, they weren't the owners, they're…not the people that really would give me permission to photograph normally.…But just a few minutes later the owner…walks in and it's really easy at that point…to say, do you mind if I take pictures here, is it okay, you know, I just like…this place a lot. You just engage the guy.…You're friendly with him, he's friendly back.…And before you know it he's opening up…(SOUND),…open up, there's not just one thing that opens up.…
All kinds…(SOUND)…And then turning around and seeing John's father show…
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.
- 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