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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
Skill Level Intermediate
So I got really excited shooting a photograph a minute ago. Of it's the (SOUND) rusted wagon wheel and I framed it against the the bed and breakfast and I worked the angles. And I (SOUND) was really playing with the idea that this used to be an old stagecoach station. But (SOUND) from, from visually it was very exciting. Little bit (SOUND) So, when I come out here now, and I walk away from having done that fun, what I consider really fun thing, and I look at the overall scene here, this is, this is the whole bed and breakfast.
And I'm I'm tempted. To just take a picture of it so, so I have a record of this bed and breakfast. But that's really what, all that would be, because from a visual point of view, purely visual, the idea that this is something that goes beyond words this is not that interesting to me. But, that doesn't mean that I don't take the picture. In fact, I, I encourage you to take the picture. and, and that's a little bit like note taking.
It's to remind you. Okay? Now this is the bed and breakfast that I stopped at, you know, off of Highway 101. That's Highway 1, and it's a reminder. But its not going to go in the, you know, my keepers selection of, of visual images. those images are different because they're more like if the note this is more like a note taking. When I'm working a picture they're more like either poetry or short stories even, they're worked and this would not be worked this would be me taking the camera, any camera, for that matter.
And basically just taking a snapshot. I've got a record, I made, you know, I made the note, now I'm going to move on, and I'm going to go back and try to write some poetry or write a short story. But, it's okay to take notes, but make sure you understand the difference.