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Traveling to Azerbaijan

GreyWolf3000 (468618) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 6

My parents live there...will be back in two weeks. If anyone is interested I'll post pictures.My parents live there...will be back in two weeks. If anyone is interested I'll post pictures.

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6 comments

I am (1)

aWalrus (239802) | more than 9 years ago | (#10887746)

In my mind, it's one of those almost mythical countries of which you know positively nothing about, so... yeah, I'd like to see pictures.

Re:I am (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 9 years ago | (#10887781)

Will do.

Yes, pictures, absolutely! (1)

Exocet (3998) | more than 9 years ago | (#10888455)

I hope you have a nice camera and a lot of media (film/CF/etc). Also... do you know what, if any, laws govern taking pictures of people and places/things in public? Are there any cultural restrictions on that sort of thing?

If no or very few restrictions AND you have the equipment, please, PLEASE use the long-end of your telephoto (200mm or more) and get some chest-up portraits. I'd love to see some detailed pictures of people acting normally.

Also, if you get the chance, talk to people about the recent election in the US and what they think of it.

Re:Yes, pictures, absolutely! (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 9 years ago | (#10888534)

I'll do all that I can. My parents have a pretty sweet digital camera. You just gave me some great ideas.

Re:Yes, pictures, absolutely! (1)

Exocet (3998) | more than 9 years ago | (#10888896)

Here's an example of my work (plug!) and perhaps a few more ideas: People of Portland [exocet.ca] .

I find that shooting portraits, especially with a tele zoom lens, is fairly easy. It helps if people are friendly but most people seem like having their photo taken.

Other ideas for shots: try to get up early for a few mornings and shoot wherever you're at. Countryside, the cityscape, whatever. Shooting around dawn can yeild very rewarding shots, although it can be a little difficult. Same goes for around sunset.

If you're going for a documentary-look: you may also want to consider the "story" behind your trip. It certainly has a beginning, middle and end. You might want to have your photos reflect this.

The last thing I will say: while shooting documentary-type photos is interesting, it helps if you make the photos interesting. Try to shoot from various angles. Get up high or down real low. Shoot a building straight or nearly straight up. That sort of thing. I personally prefer my shots, especially portraits, to be as tight as possible. Walk closer, walk around, zoom, whatever it takes.

You can document and "make art" at the same time. The end result will be far more rewarding.

Some more examples:

- Two friends at a political rally [exocet.ca] (contrasting the red and yellow, facing left and right)

- Powell Butte survey marker [exocet.ca] (a simple perspective shot)

- a Portland Japanese Gardens artifact [exocet.ca] (I love this sort of "secret" shot - shooting through obvious foreground material to achieve your shot)

I second this (1)

BWJones (18351) | more than 9 years ago | (#10889528)

Absolutely. I would actually love to see a photoessay of your trip.

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