One of the things with this recent trip that surprised me was that there was never enough time… enough time to stop and take endless photos that is.
I knew that as the driver of the support vehicle that I would be expected to be close by when needed but I hadn’t counted on the motorbike riders being so much quicker than I was in the car. With constantly playing catch-up I quickly realised that my hopes of stopping along the way when I saw “photo op #1000” wasn’t going to happen. So, what do you do when faced with this dilemma?
Shoot out of the car windows…
or, grab a quick stop if you can…
Get a map!
I now have a whole range of places carefully marked on my various maps with little notes in the margins telling me what was where so that I can make my way back there to shoot to my hearts content.
I also usually carry a small notebook with me in my camera bag so that if I see something that looks promising I can make a note to come back at a later date. Especially seasonal shots. The “jacaranda farm” shot (below) would not have worked had I been 2 weeks later or earlier. Those trees only flower in November. Knowing a little bit about the scenery/flora/fauna of a region can certainly make a massive difference in the future planning and success of photographic expeditions.
For me the trip was still a photographic pleasure but I am certainly looking forward to venturing out again, this time armed with the co-ordinates for what will surely end up as some great shots for the album 🙂
Oh yeah – and people keep asking me…. “where exactly did you go?” and when I list off the places I can see their eyes glaze over with look of “not sure where that is exactly” so…
I thought I would add a map. The red is the actual path we took and the yellow was the path we had hoped to take (darned rain :)) Hope this helps those who are not as familiar with the whereabouts of Tibooburra as myself, Dave and 8 Dutchmen (and women – Anja ;)).