Traveling and Photography

Do you guys like to take pics when traveling or no? On one hand I like to document my experiences for later, but on the other hand having to constantly take a pic every time I see something cool or interesting feels like it detracts from the experience.

  1. 1 year ago

    I've never really been into it. Of course I take some pictures on my phone of scenery, random things I find cool, etc but I prefer to live in the moment.
    However, I look back and barely have any pictures from my travels. Luckily, I haven't done too much traveling yet - nothing foreign, so I'm thinking about getting a film camera so that my pictures are more deliberate and purposeful than random little shots off of my iPhone... and so I'll have that physical photograph.

  2. 1 year ago

    >constantly take a pic every time I see something cool or interesting feels like it detracts from the experience.
    you are documenting it for Later so you can experience it all from the comfort and laziness of your own home

    • 1 year ago

      Having plenty of pics to look at years later is a blessing though anon. I always get sentimental looking at pics over a decade old at my younger self. Or old pics of my grandparents/parents when they were younger.

  3. 1 year ago
    Valentina Falvo, NSA

    A lot of times I'm too exhausted or pissed off to "really experience" a thing so the pictures let me re-enjoy or even enjoy the moment more. When you're in "that travel mood" after the millionth bus ride or some shit it's easy to just see through the lens, absorb it as best you can, then REALLY enjoy the picture later assuming you can even partially master rule of thirds and shoot a few shots for one with 'perfect' lighting.

    Sometimes you can remember it differently that way too, especially is some drunk "girlfriend" pisses you off and gaslights you for her own amusement.

    I abandoned my 24mp DSLR and RX100 in an AirBNB replacing them with my Poco a year ago. Absolutely zero regrets.

  4. 1 year ago

    just watched this movie, it was p good.
    Ben Stiller’s look as a “cool guy” was hilarious though. 5 o clock shadow with a denim jacket and a gay little necklace is so “LA cool”

  5. 1 year ago

    I like to take pictures with my phone when traveling, mostly of landmarks and good looking landscapes. Right now I'm with a friend, I regret going anywhere with her, she photobombs everything and is ugly as fuck. As in, she's morbidly obese, doesn't shave her ogre legs, doesn't cut her nails, her hair is always greasy. She always forces me to take pictures with her and ruins the moment in general. So I can't take pics comfortably right now and it sucks so much.

  6. 1 year ago

    I used to take pictures of absolutely everything but now I restrain myself to do it only at the end, taking my time.

    For example If I go to a museum, a park or a city square I do all the walking and sightseeing first and calmly, then I go back and take pictures of the things that resonated with me the most or that stayed in my mind because I personally enjoyed them. Those are the pictures I want as memories; I don't care about every single item in a museum or every corner of the city I'm visiting anymore

    One of my first trip was to Canada and I have a gorillion pictures of that week. My last trip was to France and I'm pretty sure I don't reach 100 pics of that one

    • 1 year ago

      I think this is healthy to an extent, but some of my favourite travel pics are ones I never meant to take. Like this one I took in England - I spent a day in Norwich and wound up in a sketchy housing estate near the edge of town. Randomly shot a photo and it turned out quite aesthetic - but on your advice I'd never have got it. I'd rather take loads at the time then curate later.

  7. 1 year ago

    Travelling got me interested in amateur photography. I've gotten much better at taking photos because of it.
    That being said, it seems most people want photos of themselves at travel destinations - I avoid photos of myself, I just take photos of things/places like nature or impressive architecture.

  8. 1 year ago

    Went to a fancy wedding and took like 3 photos. Saw a bunch of birds at a park? Took like 40 pics and videos.

    When traveling, I only take pics if things are beautiful like a nice flower or landscape but I make an effort to frame it nicely or uniquely. I can't stand garbage pics.

    Pic related isn't mine but it's the same quality and framing I do. For landscapes, I do crazy shit like zooming in portions trying to get an abstraction that's hard to figure out what it is (like a portion of an iced caped mountain).

  9. 1 year ago

    I do because I draw so I use these as my references, and I also keep up a traveling diary. It’s a good way to remember some information. I take pictures of museum/monument signs, and so on.

  10. 1 year ago

    I've done a few trips with photography enthusiasts and it is hell - entire days spent lining up one picture they'll put on insta for 50 likes, itineraries planned around hashtags.

    my reaction to this was to do a few trips taking very few / no pics on my phone and now I regret it. so now I try and strike a balance between enjoying the moment and capturing it for later

  11. 1 year ago

    >I see something cool or interesting feels like it detracts from the experience.
    This kind of attitude has stemmed from people who sit at concerts with their phones out the entire time or take 10 minutes filming their food so now other people feel like using your phone at any point ruins it
    As always there's a happy medium, of course taking a quick picture of something you find interesting and want to look back on isn't going to "detract from the experience" but equally if you're on a train take in the scenery instead of scrolling Instagram

  12. 1 year ago

    Definitely an "in the moment" type of guy. When I went to Alaska i'd take some photos while on the bus and stuff, but when i'm on top of a mountain or staring at a wild animal or if it's just quiet and peaceful, I just like to be in the moment.

  13. 1 year ago

    >when traveling
    doesn't mean anything

    if you go to london, no need to take any photos at all if not casual phone shoots
    if you are going to an expedition in the Sahara desert, or Antarctica, or some remote jungle peak in Guyana, documenting is mandatory

  14. 1 year ago

    It was way better back in the day with analog film.
    You only took pics which matter, there are no countless takes, you don't even think about the pics until you come back home and develop them to see the final result. Real life still mattered more instead of what's displayed in the picture, photos were taken as personal things not as pics to impress the public like today. No filters, no selfies, no captions.

    As I wrote this post I realized that it's not actually about analog vs digital but more about social media fucking everything up. So I guess take pictures for yourself and people close to you, not for anyone else. Flaws are human, perfection is soulless.

    • 1 year ago

      You never had to suffer through a boring slide show, did you?
      Still better than whatever is happening nowadays though.

  15. 1 year ago

    take the film pill. and then do it all in black and white

  16. 1 year ago

    Went to Japan four times to do nothing but just that. Good times living like a hobo wandering the streets and trails from morning til midnight and living on convenience store lunches and body temperature vodka from a hip flask.

    • 1 year ago

      Any pics that made it worth it?

  17. 1 year ago

    Feet pics maybe

  18. 1 year ago

    90% of the times I'm using my camera is when I'm traveling.
    Use it just when you feel like doing it, no need to let the camera distract you from your experience.
    Usually looking at places with the eye of a photographer makes me notice a lot of details I could have missed

  19. 1 year ago

    I don't really take pictures ussually, but my sister ask me to take a bunch when I starting traveling on my own and it can be fun as a side thing

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