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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, this is been really fun, we came out hear and the sun was high up in the sky, the light house was backlit. So, we had to kind of deal with that, find the right angle had some wonderful models to work with, kind of threw in a personal touch to the whole thing. Probably the most fun was seeing is little kid Max do cartwheels around the (SOUND) First, he did it one cartwheel and I shot it and (SOUND) so, he then started doing (SOUND) We could do a little kind of, kind of an animation sequence of him going around the light station doing cartwheels.
So, I got enough shutter speed to stop the motion, you know, I think it was like 500th of a second or something like that. But I was shooting a wide angle lens so it's not as critical, the shutter speed, with a wide angle lens as it would have been if I was using a telephoto. But it was definitely fast enough to stop in, in motion. I had a good time it was probably my one of the most fun thing we did today from, from my point of view. and and photographically, it was very straightforward, we just set up the camera and let the kid roll and he did.
and then as the sun started to go down on the horizon, the light just changed. And suddenly there was this, you know, beautiful spot, on a ledge which got even more beautiful as the sun started to set. because the sun set, the golden light started to pour in and, and paint the, the cliff, the with this wonderful light. Just the magical time for photography. decided that I really wanted to get a wide angle shot. But I didn't want to change the lens on my digital SLR. So, I just switched over to my little point and shoot, which actually is a really good (SOUND) And managed to get some nice wide angle shots with that.
And then did some panoramic panorama shots (SOUND) Then kind of finished up shooting some portraits I didn't want to waste any of that golden light. That light was just, (SOUND) you know, to die for it's just you really just want to eat it up it's just delicious. So, we just ended up shooting a couple (SOUND) (SOUND) good memories of a good day just. Just a great day.