Location, Location, Location

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When I can, I plan photo trips wherein I load up my SUV and head out for 3 days to a week. This gives me time to reconnoiter the target area for specific locations, angles, POVs, etc. Being in an area for several days also allows me to go back the next morning or evening to get another shot if the first one didn’t work out. But on other occasions I’ll be on a road trip with my wife, driving cross country to some destination or event. I’ll know there are iconic shots along my path but I won’t have time to stay for very long. If I’m lucky, I can plan a motel night near a promising location. But if I miss the shot, there’s no hanging around for another chance. In these situations I want to know when the probability of a good shot will be poor in certain seasons, where to find unique access points, the best time of day for the direction I’ll be facing, etc. There are a number of ways to research this information but one that I have been relying on for several years is a periodic publication called the Photograph America Newsletter written by Robert Hitchman. Short of showing me exactly where previous tripod scuff marks are, it tells me pretty much every thing I need to know. Each of the following photos was taken based on the information in the specific newsletter, the title of which is the first part of the caption. I’ve found the newsletter to be priceless for the type of photography that I do and I doubt that I would have captured any of these photos without it. I have no business relationship with Robert or his publication other than as a subscriber. But I’m sending him a link to this post as a thank you for making this great tool available.

Photograph America Newsletter is a 12-page travel newsletter for photographers, published since 1989. Each issue of the newsletter describes in detail where to photograph North American landscapes, wildlife, hidden waterfalls, remote beaches, slot canyons, wildlife migrations, and much more. Learn where, when, and how to discover the best nature photography in America.

For more info go to: http://www.photographamerica.com/

The Palouse: Old Grain Elevator
Mount St. Helens
Death Valley: Mesquite Sand Dunes
A California Portfolio: Golden Gate Bridge
Olympic Rain Forests: Sunrise from Hurricane Ridge
California’s Central Coast: Bixby Bridge
Oregon Back Roads: Gilkey Covered Bridge
Arches National Park
Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly

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