Exploring Locations, The Fun Of Not Having A Plan

I love to plan and create images on location.
Sometimes the planning is required to create complex composites from multiple images.

Sometimes the planning is simply a location scout, working out the time of day to shoot and checking the weather etc.
The final image can be a single frame like the one below with simple colour grading and tonal adjustments to help create emotion and direct the viewers eye through the image.

Sometimes however the best photographic fun is to be had by planning nothing and simply getting to a location and then to follow your nose.


Dodging dogs and the sleeping

Shooting at dawn can be extremely rewarding and peaceful but not always without it’s issues.

When shooting on location I invariably choose to head out at dawn. Not only does this mean I can capture beautiful light but it also means I avoid the crowds if I don’t wish to have people in the shots.
One of the downsides to this especially in hot countries is that I have on more than one occasion almost tripped over people sleeping in some unusual places.
Once it was an abandoned fairground near Side in Turkey where I placed my tripod within inches of a fellow asleep on a merry go round without realising until I was packing up.

Abandoned Fair, Side Turkey

Then there was the boat yard shown below also in Turkey which as well as having a guy sleeping outside in the elements also housed a couple of dogs too which thankfully ignored me !

Boat Yard Gumbet Turkey