I’m way too negative. My Thursday Rants are a symptom of this. Lately, I’ve been trying hard to be positive. I find that 90% of the time when I worry about something, it turns out just fine.
So today, I take a positive diversion from my ranting. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m a really frugal guy. I’m not opposed to the occasional dumpster dive and I love shopping at the thrift store (I know, cue that song). A couple of my favorite shirts came from the Goodwill. However, there are two things that I’m not afraid to spend money on, beer and travel. Life is too short to drink cheap, thin beer. I also want to see the world. This post is about the latter.
Growing up, we hardly ever left our home state of Illinois. Sometimes, we made it up to Wisconsin and that was quite a treat. However, even as a young kid, I wanted more. I’d open encyclopedias and gaze at pictures of far away places. I must see this some day!
When I began my first real job, I started traveling and haven’t let up since. There is so much to see; so many people to meet. The world is filled with beauty and wonder. I know I won’t be able to see it all, but I’m going to do my best to experience as much as I can before my body hangs up the Closed sign.
I also like to take pictures. I’m not a great photographer and don’t have great equipment yet, but if you take thousands and thousands of picures, a few are bound to turn out good. Before I show you my pictures, here are 4 simple tips that improved my photography greatly. While these seem obvious to me now, they weren’t when I first heard them:
- In most pictures, the sun should be at the photographer’s back. Exceptions are sunrises and sunsets.
- Fill the frame! Whatever you’re taking a picture of should take up most of the frame. It drives me nuts when I see pictures where the people or animal are little specks in the distance. Unless you’re taking pictures of mountain lions, skunks or your mother in law, get close to your subject.
- Take pictures durng the golden hours; the hour after the sun comes up and the hour before it goes to sleep. Pictures taken during this time are magnitudes better than pictures taken at other times.
- Have a camera with you at all times. You never know what you’re going to see…
Now, I’d like to share some pictures from some of my adventures.
Do you like to travel? Do you like to take pictures? Where should we go on our next vacation? How can I improve my photography?
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