The Weekend Wanderings posts are something that I really enjoy doing and I’ve been doing them for almost two years now. For me they created a challenge of having to get photos for the posts, so I had to go out and take photos in places that I thought would be of interest to me and to you. I started them to show what a great place Melbourne and the state of Victoria are for taking photos.
Finding places to photograph is the next thing. Sometimes it just happens, where I might be going somewhere for something else and I pack the camera just in case I see something, or there are opportunities to take photos.
The other thing I do is plan trips. I have tended to go to places that I knew about, places I’ve driven through or heard about. I also learn about some from people I know or talk to. I love having places recommended to me. I went to a gorgeous place yesterday on the recommendation of some friends, but you will have to wait for those photos.
I don’t tend to do a lot of research before hand, other than looking the place up on Google maps to see what I can find and to make sure I know where to go. I like to just wander when I arrive. I find somewhere to park the car and I just walk around. Usually walking around the streets and wandering into shops and talking to locals can help find places that are interesting there as well. I find being social really helpful.
I think wandering around is best, discover things for yourself and see what you can find. I nearly always approach the first visit somewhere as a scouting trip and like to think I will go back. Doesn’t always happen, but it means there isn’t a lot of pressure that first time.
When going to these places it is all about enjoying the atmosphere so I don’t tend to use a tripod unless these is something that I really want to get. I just walk around with my camera and have my 24-70mm lens, which has become my go to lens. I guess I am like a tourist, but I am often there to find the things that would look good in a photo. Often that first trip gives me ideas of what would be the best time of day to be there to get the best photos, even what would be the best time of year.
I have seen so many places and been to many, with many more to see you. The Weekend Wandering posts have been amazing for me in that respect.
Today I went through some of the places I’ve been to, but from a while back to show you. Sorry about the short post, hopefully next week won’t be as crazy.
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