Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video A stop at a roadside farm stand, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
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,…
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