Traveling with Family

Keep your camera with you all of the time. I say this because if you love photography like me and you don’t have your tripod or that perfect lens, it shouldn’t matter. Some people get all caught up on equipment and feel that their images won’t be worth anything because they don’t have the correct setup. Yes, when you plan a shoot it makes all the difference, but when you can’t it’s okay too.

Today, I’d like to show you a couple of fun pictures I made while the hubby and I were visiting my Aunt and Uncle. I didn’t have time for a tripod setup or wait for that perfect light and again that’s ok because I focused on composition and techniques.

After our visit, I’m always excited to add my photographs to Lightroom to white flag the photos that I like and when I have time, I go back to process my favorites.

This picture is from my Aunt’s yard. I really liked the repetitive feel, but wanted to add a bit of drama to the succulents so I increased the structure and vibrance. To take the shot I held my breath and put my elbows to my side.  I actually could have a full day of photographing my Aunt’s garden. 🙂 Wish I had her green thumb!


Succulent – 1/20 @ f13 ISO 100 Macro Lens 100mm

One of the places they took us was the Hearst’s pier. As we walked to the place where Hearst had to have ships come in to bring all his goodies for his Castle, there were some amazing eucalyptus trees. I knew I wanted to make a motion blur of the trees. I slowed the shutter speed and moved my camera vertically to get what I wanted as seen below. Minor adjustments were made in Photoshop.


Trees with Motion Blur 1/6 @ f27 ISO 100

They also took us to see Elephant Seals on the coast. I noticed this ladybug on a rail on the walkway. I liked the way the light was hitting her, so I handheld the shot with a shallow depth-of-field so she would be the focal point of the shot.


Ladybug 1/45 @f11 ISO 100 Macro lens 100mm


All of the photographs were handheld and shot on the fly as we enjoyed our mini vacation with family.  Since I’m on the subject of vacation…the hubby and I will be taking two weeks off to have some fun!  Yep, my camera will be with me.  😉

So take your camera everywhere and shoot, shoot, shoot! I bet you’ll find something that will excite you. 🙂

Always feel free to add links to the comment section of your fun times shooting on the fly. I know others would love to see them as much as I would.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.  Happy vacation to me.  🙂

Janice Sullivan

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Doug Cohen says:

    Thank you so much Janice!!!! 🙂

  • Awww! Thanks Frank! You made my day! I do love my flowers. 🙂 I’m glad you gave us information on the Fuji X100. I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Frank says:

    Your column is spot on. I bought a Fuji X100 for the express purpose of having a small unobtrusive camera I could take with me anywhere. When I just had my Nikons I was reluctant to tote one along when photography was not the goal of the outing. But the X100 frees me up. BTW, love SUCCULENT. You sure shine with all things flowers. Enjoy your trip.

  • Hi readers! Check out the images from Framable Faces. This company shoots awesome portraits! Here is one of their fun getaways…shooting on the fly.

  • That sound so cool Jama! It’s so refreshing to get out of your realm and just photograph anything and everything. 🙂 Thank you for commenting.

  • Hi Doug! Sounds like fun!! She’s an amazing photographer so I’m sure she has some awesome shots! If you have time comment back with the link to her images if or when you put them up. I would love for readers to see other photographers work doing the same thing as what I wrote about on this post. 🙂

  • Jama Pantel says:

    Just returned from a 2 week road trip to 5 states and couldn’t agree more! Great post.

  • Doug Cohen says:

    Well put – we just spent the weekend at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Ally brought her camera. She’s not a landscape photographer by trade but she dabbled this weekend – we’ll see how the photos came out. I’m excited to see them!

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