I think just about everyone reading this can agree that our dream photography locations are big tall grass fields with nothing in background but beautiful greenery or the sky. Don’t know what I’m talking about, well this shot of my daughter pretty much sums it up.
But lets face it, not everyone is going to be able to find a field like this. Whether most of the fields in your area are privately owned or the grass in your area just doesn’t grow. My favorite field in the above picture got mowed! It was actually being mowed when I showed up for that session with my daughter. So now I’m out of luck. I’ve got no fun field to take photos in, so I improvise. Not only am I going to show you how to spot places that would be amazing photography locations. But to also see the beauty in an otherwise less ideal place.
I won’t lie; most of the time when I go places I am constantly commenting about the light or how it would be gorgeous to take photos in this place or that. I use drives to the store, the nursery or even to the gym to scout out locations that I might not have found yet. I’m going to show you three examples of places I found by just driving around and using my imagination on what kind of photos I could dream up.
First up in a trailhead by our local river. The majority of this trail is covered in trees. But the entrance of the trail was perfect! Initially I thought the small hill to the right of the trail would be perfect for silhouette, which it is, but I was eaten alive my mosquitos so we had to high tail it out of there before sunset. But before that I was able to get a couple shots. Now it wasn’t ideal and I knew I might have to do a creative edit with the fence (the second result photos my daughter is actually standing in front to the fence) but the end results were exactly what I was looking for!
I challenge you to drive around town or look at your route on the way to work/gym/church and see if something catches your eye. I bet you anything you’ve got a beautiful little location right by your house that you never even thought of trying.
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Where is one of your favorite photography locations?