Assignment 8: Travel Photography

Those of you who followed or joined in on my last assignment got a heads up about this one. As this is a long assignment, I am now listing the latest photo assignment (or challenge) at the top of the right-hand sidebar for your reference under the title, Assignments (how original, eh?).

Unlike my other assignments, I am asking for, at least, a three (3) photograph essay relating to Travel Photography.  I know some of you cringed at the word, “essay”.  I wrote a post to explain about photo essays being no more than the addition of extended captions to your photos to pull them together into an article.

Here are some travel photography links to inspire you on your trips this summer:

Travel photography tips from National Geographic magazine

21 Essential Shots You Should Capture On Your Next Trip

Tips for Photographing New Places

10 Travel Photography Tips

Remember, travel photography does not mean you have to travel to far off distance lands.  My town is a travel destination as are many nearby places.  It is the style of a photo essay which can tell us the story of the place you wish to photograph and share.  Have fun and extra credit if you include people in your essay. 🙂

The Tugboat Urger visiting the village of Baldwinsville, New York.Built in 1901, the Tugboat Urger is now a teaching tug and spends it’s days throughout the year educating school children and adults about the importance of New York’s historic Barge Canal System.

As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and enjoy everyone’s Travel Photo Essays.

Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr.  As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Blog it, tweet it, email it and talk about it to your fellow photographers, bloggers, friends, family and pets. Thank you!

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33 Responses to Assignment 8: Travel Photography

  1. Carsten says:

    We (I) have been waiting for this a long time Scott.
    Let’s see if it is possible to limit ourselves to one post on this challenging assignment 🙂


  2. Karma says:

    Yay for photo assignment time! Thanks for the extension of the due date too!


  3. Karma says:

    Ooh, a question too: for this assignment are you looking for more than one view of one specific place you’ve traveled to or for photos of several places in the area you travel to? Am I making sense? For example, I’m traveling to Maine for my vacation. I could do several photos of the beach where I am staying but there are many places I will see or visit while in Maine. Open to interpretation?


    • Here’s something for you to think about. Popular travel article titles often start like this…”Best Places to visit in (Maine, Boston, NYC, etc.)” or “3 Don’t Miss Attractions in (Fill in Place)”. As long as the photos and text (captions) relate to each other, you can be as creative as you want to be.

      Have fun on your vacation to Maine!


  4. burstmode says:

    You know…as I look at this, all I can think about is sneaking aboard the tug and adding the letter “B” to its name.


  5. JenniferA says:

    Perfect! So glad I read this while I am still on vacation! I will focus on this assignment for the next few days.


  6. Nye says:

    I have one place in mind, I hope to visit it soon.


  7. Hi Scott

    I’m new around these here parts, but I’d love to have a go at this assignment. One question – does this require new photos, or are you happy for us to have a go at turning older travel shots into an essay?


  8. kanniduba says:

    It just so happens that after nearly two years with no vacations, this summer is jam packed with them. I *think* I might be able to come up with *something*. 🙂
    Will post a link to this assignment later today. Turns out my iPad can’t embed a link on WordPress?? Geesh! What’s with that? I’ll have to mention that to Apple when I send in my request for the next upgrade to include a dishwashing function.


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  10. Hi Scott, I just came back from UK and France. Will be thinking about some essays


  11. This sounds like a very interesting challenge, Scott. I have no particular place I plan to visit right now but I´m sure something unexpected will come up. Thanks for this and the great article of the National Geographic. Very useful at any time ! Real nice and summerly photo of the tugboat.


  12. Karma says:

    An early, but not my final, attempt at a photo essay. Would love to find out if this is the sort of thing you are looking for, or how I should tweak for the next one:


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  14. Carsten says:

    Hi Scott and fellow bloggers.
    Summer holidays are ending. 😦
    We returned from a wonderful vacation yesterday. I had this assignment in mind frequently.
    We spent one week in ‘Kandestederne’ in Jutland. I posted a few images from that place:


  15. Hello Scott,
    Here is my contribution to your recent assignment. It´s not a long travel from my home but one I enjoyed doing and sharing with you:


  16. Nye says:

    Scott, here is my contribution. It’s a little short of what I had expected to turn in.


  17. Karma says:

    I’m back! Here is my Maine travel photography assignment:


  18. P.j. grath says:

    These images were not captured with any thought of presenting them in response to an assignment, but Gerry Sell recommended I participate, so here’s my link:


  19. truels says:

    Hello Scott!
    I hope you and all your blog-readers have had a good summer.
    I was lucky to go to Greece this summer with my wife and son, so of course I had to use some of my photos from our holiday here.
    Here is my contribution to Travel Photography:


  20. Kathy says:

    Yikes! It’s not the 8th tomorrow is it? No, looks like we still have a couple days…


  21. Kathy says:

    OK, here is my assignment (phew! got it in on time. That was close…) Thanks, as always, for this!


  22. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

    Oh crap! For some reason I thought the deadline was 9/14. Sad face.


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