Beginner Photography: Travel

So, this post is a bit of a cheat. I haven’t traveled since I went to San Francisco in September, so I went through those photos again and chose some shots to edit that I didn’t use in my previous posts here and here.

I’m still not entirely sure what constitutes “travel photography”. While these were certainly shot while traveling, I’m not sure that looking at a shot will convey travel unless you include a mode of transportation, a selfie lugging bags around or in front of some site-specific monument. I just shot the things I liked about San Francisco. Most of my favorites were of surfers on the beach, but I want to include some other bits for a more well-rounded experience of the trip.

I was shooting with the Olympus EM-10 which I think I’d just started working with, and I’m pretty sure I had my camera on auto, because my settings are complete nonsense.

I should have watched this video before I set out:


f/10, 1/400th, ISO 200


f/11, 1/400th, ISO 200


f/8, 1/160th, ISO 200


f/8, 1/400th, ISO 200


f/4, 1/400th, ISO 200


So that’s San Francisco through my eyes! I hardly spent any time downtown until my last few hours in the city and by that point my camera had died (I forgot my battery charger like a rookie) so I’m not sure how recognizable any of this would be. It was my first (and so far only!) trip to California and I hope I can go back and do it justice sometime.

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5 Responses to Beginner Photography: Travel

  1. Ian July 4, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    I find travel photography to be the hardest to quantify, what is exotic and unusual for one person can be routine and mundane for another.

    For example I took a trip to London the other day and took lots of pictures of the city, to me and to many people outside of London they would be travel photographs, to anyone that lives in the city they are nothing unusual.

  2. Roderick July 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    Nice, Siobhán. I’m with you on the concept of “travel photography”. I think you’re onto something when you say it could include some aspect of the traveling process (there’s a basketball “joke” in there somewhere).
    So, stills from Chelsea & Tony’s recent kayaking trip could be classed as travel.
    Anyway, that’s an insight into the murky workings of my brain for you to ponder.
    I like the two surfer pictures – that sky, wow!
    The lads on the bikes would have been better with less of the graffiti and more of them (I think), but you’d have to been able to jump REALLY high to get the shot. 😉
    I like the poodle and the wine bottle picture because, well, there’s a poodle, and there’s a wine bottle….
    But what makes them bona fide travel photos is that you forgot your battery charger. Its wot travelers do.

  3. SteveWaller July 5, 2017 at 3:39 am #

    I really like your last shot Siobhán. Glad I’m not the only one struggling with this topic! My first thought where ‘Tourist Photography’ but that’s not right at all, I have various photos of people at places and places on their own and they don’t convey travel at all. I think we will see a lot of variety in the show this week.Still no idea what I will submit as I like to try to get a photo during the week for the topic rather than dig one out from my archives.

  4. Achim July 6, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Hello I would like to know how I can upload pictures?

    • Achim July 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Ok I figured it out.

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