The most fun you can have with a camera and passport

Travel photography combines two of my favourite things: yes, that would be travelling and photography. I am at my happiest when I can wander around aimlessly with a camera in hand. I see a certain beauty in many things that are often ignored. Luckily I have a fiance who is just the same (even perhaps a little worse). We travel a lot, and are happy to ignore the biggest tourist traps and to rather get lost somewhere in a big city, a small village, along a country road, or between the tombs of an old cemetery.

Here I will share with you some of the photos I have taken around the world.

Image: As you have probably already guessed, this photo was taken in Venice. This and all photos on this page belong to me, unless otherwise specified.

Odd little details

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I saw this in a narrow alleyway in Venice. I found it very odd and interesting.

One of the many gargoyles on the Notre Dame in Paris, captured through the fence surrounding the cathedral.

Graffiti in Venice.

Door knockers have always fascinated me.

A dress stand - outside a shop in a Venice side street.

Crocheted trees in Gertrude Street, Melbourne.

What sort of camera do I prefer for my travel photography?

I'm pretty much a point-and-shoot person, so the camera I use the most is my seven year old Nikon Coolpix camera. Especially when travelling I prefer not to have to carry too much.
I have also have some experience in using DSLR cameras, and if I'm going somewhere especially to take photos, I will bring my fiance's old Nikon D90. However, I am an amateur who does not know how to take full advantage of a DSLR anyway, and I do find it very heavy to drag along for a full day's wander around a city.

Photos from my Pilgrim Adventure

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Colourful graffiti lights up an otherwise grey wall along the Camino de Santiago.

Pilgrims drying their clothes in O'Cebreiro, Galicia. A clothesline with a view, if there ever was one!

Up in the clouds - walking in the stunning mountain landscapes in Galicia.

Horses grazing in the morning fog - in the Pyrenees.

The inside of a church in Sahagun.

The view from an Irish pub in Leon. Something about the colours really caught my attention.

You can read more about my Pilgrimage here:

(the article includes even more photos from this journey of a lifetime)


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Playing with shadows

One of the things I love doing is experimenting with the light. Sometimes if you move your camera just a little bit to the left, or all the way over there to the right, the angle of the light will change – and so will the outcome of your photo. What I often do with my little Nikon is to move the camera at an angle where only the smallest glimpse of light comes into the frame, and then I can take dark silhouetted photos both at night and in broad daylight. Let me show you some examples of this in the gallery below.

The gallery of light and shadow

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Taken in a small village in Spain, which I can no longer remember the name of. We were just passing through.

Gondola going down a narrow canal in Venice, Italy.

A derelict house in Leon, Spain.

Inside the cathedral in Burgos, Spain.

One of the beautiful windows in the Burgos Cathedral, Spain.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris.

A few tips to consider

Astorga, Camino de Santiago 1) Take lots of photos, but also take the time to enjoy the view. It is not just a picture – you are here, in this moment, now. Don’t miss it!

2) Don’t forget to take photos of the more touristy things as well, in your quest to taking “different” photos. You will regret not having them later. Imagine going to Paris and not having a single photo of the Eiffel Tower…

3) Look for different angles and ways to frame your photo. Move in closer for a more detailed shot or move farther away if you want to add more of the surroundings. Find a background that does not seem disturbing or takes the attention away from the main feature.
Angel with cross, Astorga. 4) If no background looks suitable, see if you can use the sky (a sharp blue or darkly overcast sky usually works best, if you don’t really know what you are doing – like me).

These photos are taken in Astorga, Spain. Isn’t the first one a boring photo? But I really liked the angel statue holding the cross, so I decided to move in closer for a more detailed shot. You can see this other approach to the right. This is better, don’t you agree?

Traditional tourist photography

~ the "obligatory" photos

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The classic Venice photo - the gondolas!

There is something about city skylines that I always like. This is Melbourne, Australia.

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower.

The must-have shot when visiting a tropical paradise. This is from Tahiti.

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I would love to hear from you.

Do you share my passion? Or do you have any other hobbies you are passionate about?

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  • patgoltz May 22, 2014 @ 3:32 am
    No need to claim you don't know anything. You're doing well enough; this was interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Charito1962 Apr 25, 2014 @ 10:42 am
    Nice shots! You have a good eye.
  • Spirality Apr 23, 2014 @ 3:02 pm
    I need to travel more and get a better camera before I really start practicing travel photography.
  • Aibrean82 Apr 29, 2014 @ 7:08 am
    I normally just use my seven year old point and shoot compact camera, and sometimes even the camera on my iPhone. For the really stand out photos a proper DSLR camera does the best job, but I just don't want to carry it around most of the time. I'd say, if you're interested in travel photography, start practicing with whatever camera you have and see if you enjoy it. You may be surprised at what even a mediocre camera can achieve :)
  • jennabee25 Mar 17, 2014 @ 9:48 am
  • Sylvestermouse Mar 06, 2014 @ 11:15 am
    A note for you: I found your lens today via a post on Review This! It was featured by Mbgphoto.
  • Aibrean82 Mar 26, 2014 @ 12:57 am
    That's awesome! Thank you for letting me know :)
  • Sylvestermouse Mar 06, 2014 @ 11:13 am
    I do think taking pictures when I travel is a huge part of why I enjoy photography so much. I really do love capturing the image, that moment in time. Yes, I take pictures of everything including the people with me. You are right though, sometimes I have to remind myself to also live in the moment and just enjoy it.
  • jhofman Feb 10, 2014 @ 7:23 pm
    Beautiful photos and great tips! I like to do the research on our trips ahead of time...the history, interesting local wife is the family photographer.
  • yusuf_maulana Feb 09, 2014 @ 10:34 pm
    i have a lots of bali photos in my last vacation to bali :p

    i'm a wedding photographer btw :D

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