Dr Prem Jagyasi Photography
Activities in photography tourism
Photography tourism offers lots of exciting activities driving you towards natural and cultural exploration. You select your dream touring destination say India, a land of contrasts and diversities. The wonderful landscape, the wilderness, the majestic Himalayas decked with a rich coat of permanent snowline and the roaring blue seas washing its exquisite beaches present a wide scope of photographic opportunities.
There are startling subjects drawing the interest of both the amateur and professional photographers while on a tour destination. The photographer’s enthusiasm may be fired by a number of subjects like the local population, their festivals and rituals, their amazing craftsmanship, the social vibes and the bizarre rituals that may guide their lives and offers an explanation when deviations are encountered in an otherwise simple and straight life.
Landscape and the distribution of color that might have painted the sky red and purple at the drop of a sunset is tempting enough for a photographer to catch the magic through his lens and clicks.
The tourist certainly can apply his creative side and bring out the artist in him taking shots of nature, seas, temples and ruins and the crowd that flocks these places. Excellent photos are shot. If the weather is bright and sunny, the quality of the photo touches the level of excellence. The tourist glances through his collections and experiments with the lens, light, background and a perfect match of all which culminates into a broad smile of satisfaction.
The tourist has multiple options of travel if he desires to capture award winning images. He can do it by an aircraft. He may choose to go on a cruise. He may well opt for moving in a train or in a luxury bus. Each mode of his journey has a different kind of significance from the angle of photo shots.
Just think of the picturesque image of herds of migrating wild beasts and zebras that an aerial shot from sky may have captured while crossing the African savannas in an airplane. The tourist will certainly do enough to arrest the large scale motion of the wild herd, the cloud of dust rising from their concerted beats of hooves and the terrain over which this animated mass of amazing creatures move forward. This is in fact more than photography. This is a study of the use of light, the depth of the image, the background and the flitting motion.
When on a cruise in the deep sea or through backwaters your fingers may crave for hitting the shutters to freeze the beauty of a village lying along the banks of a river. You may be excited to shoot the vibrant photo of a school of jumping tunas while on a high sea cruise.
While along an African river cruise you may capture in your camera the image of the same migrating herd that you had previously captured on your aerial trip. This time the beasts might be struggling across the river in search of greener pastures on other side. This time your experience with the lens is more thrilling. Pond of hippos and hungry crocks step into your camera lens frame in quest of zebra meat. If you succeed in freezing a croc in action with its huge jaws breaking upon the muzzle of a wild beast with a bite pressure of almost 2000 pounds, you have a prized shot for an awesome gallery display!
Glimpses of the arresting landscape fascinate you on your trip on train or in a bus. You feel for your camera with a frantic passion all set for a click. However, you need to do a little homework for speed adjustment. While you are on a transport, you are in motion. The stationary landscape and natural backdrop speeds back at a great pace. Here you need to match the pace. A little calculation will set your picture right else you get a blurred image!
You need to devote sometime for the maintenance of your camera. This is an important part of the constructive activity that you should have in your agenda of photography tourism. Cleaning the lens and the camera parts adds life to your gadget and quality to the photo shots you take over its life cycle.