How do you like to travel? Do you pick a destination and then spend every spare minute researching what to do and where to go and what to eat? Sometimes that is the best way to make sure nothing important is missed. A lot of people have one opportunity to get to a location in their lifetime and no one wants to get home to find out they missed the Grand Canyon when they were in Arizona or Mount Rushmore when they drove through South Dakota. The internet has made trip researching and planning easier than ever with the advent of such sites as TripAdvisor and Google. Experiences by other travelers are openly shared on the internet helping to point the compass in the right direction.
I decided to approach my last trip more like a wandering nomad with only a general sense of driving west or east today, north or south tomorrow. It went against every grain of Type A personality planning that I have carried around since birth. This was not easy...at all. I find comfort and security in plans. I know what I'm doing. I don't have to worry about what might happen if... I decided to do it because someone I admire a lot used to travel that way. That person was Ernst Haas. He talked about it in his film documentary "To Dream With Eyes Wide Open":
I was always accused of not knowing where I am going and what I'm doing. This is really true because there is an element of surprise which for me is very, very important.
Could this really be true, I wondered? Had I been behaving like a banker my whole life and worse yet, on my photography trips? Taking out every ounce of creativity as I marched through my itineraries, checking off my to-do list one by one?
I decided to put my trust in Ernst Haas. Just once. I took comfort knowing that if it didn't work, I wouldn't do it again. I knew where I was sleeping at night and that was it. I let the car do the driving and if something piqued my curiosity I explored it, letting myself be available to any whim that arose. From the very first photo of my trip, it lead me to off the beaten track places like this:
to the very last photo of my trip:
Was it successful? I don't know, but I felt like this method of travel worked out very good for me and I will definitely try it again. On repeated occasions I remember thinking how lucky I was and being grateful for every moment I had and working like crazy before the clock ran out of time.
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Originally published Dec. 15, 2012
With the hope of not being redundant, I am going to add a few more items to my blog of Dec. 11 entitled “Gifts for the Photographer in Your Life” for 2 reasons. First is the WordPress Reader did not pick it up (I was in the penalty box for overtagging my previous post) and second is because the cheap shipping option is still available until tomorrow 12/16.
If you missed the previous post, here is a link:
Photojojo is an online website dealing in funky camera gadgets and accessories for your iPhone or SLR. My last post showed some of the iPhone add-ons, so this time I’ll show a couple SLR items. Also, scroll down to the end for a $5 off coupon (of $25 minimum order) and they also send me a $5 coupon for referring you on.
How about a Holga lens for $30? Works on most SLRs and DSLRs.
I like this idea for traveling. You insert this camera bag into another bag, like a beach bag, so it’s not so obvious you are carrying photo gear, as in if you are lugging your Lowepro bag around. $59
This item is intriguing. A camera card with Wi-Fi capabilities! $50-85 depending on capacity.
Here is the coupon code. Just click on it for an express trip to Photojojo. Happy holidays!
Originally posted Dec. 11, 2012
Photojojo is one of the coolest websites on the internet showcasing creative photography ideas through the use of toys and gadgets for cameras.
If you are looking for something great for the photographer in your life (and I’m sure they are hard to impress when it comes to photo gear) or if you are the photographer, buy something for yourself or drop a hint to the right person. Their prices are so reasonable you can probably pick up a couple of pieces for your bag.
Just check out some of these cool items:
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How about a cable release for your iPhone? Only $23.
Here’s a fun one. The camalapse. It takes 360 degree panning time-lapse images with your phone. $45 (I’m not sure what happens if you get a call or text during the exposure. Better not answer it.)
What do Nikon shooters do with their old Canon lenses? They make coffee mugs out of them. (Just kidding. They make Nikon mugs too.) $24 or $30.
This is super cool. An underwater scuba skin for your phone. $60. I know people who should have this on their phone at all times, for those poolside or lakeside cocktail parties where phones suddenly end up taking the plunge.
There is much, much more on their website. Not everything is for the iPhone, there are lots of add-ons for SLRs.
Orders placed by 12/16 still qualify for first class shipping and the shipping prices are very reasonable.
Oh and if you want…use this link to get $5 off your order with a $25 purchase and I also get a $5 coupon. Pretty neat!
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