Travel Photography - How to Capture the Local Culture of a Place - Be a Story Teller!

When Iā€™m discovering a new place and culture, I am eager to capture, with my camera equipment, how people live and something unique about the place. I enjoy watching people and walking the streets. I look for color, every day lifestyle, movement, and dogs and cats. I take photos using different light sources and angles. To protect my knees, I wear knee-pads, so I can get down low to photograph my subject without pain. No matter where I am, I am always looking for a story to document in my photographs. I believe if you start to think about telling a story with your photographs, you will see improvement in your photos too. Here are some photos from our recent trip to Patagonia (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands). Enjoy!

Outdoor fruit and vegetable market

When your shooting - using a natural frame, like the tree limb adds something of interest to the photograph. The Coca-cola photo is nice; however having the lady selling her vegetables and the bike adds even more interest an authenticity to the image. And, when you are photographing indoors with flash remember to turn up the ISO on your camera. The photo on the left is a graffiti image of Pedro Bonifacio Palacios, an Argentine poet; iconic Coca-Cola signage and local lifestyle, and the dome of Santera Cathedral in Montevideo, Uruguay.

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Jolly and Rich eat a steak dinner

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Daytrip to the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades Highway for landscape photography

I love where we live in the Pacific Northwest! In just three hours or less you can explore mountain ranges, lush agricultural valleys, seashore, and more!

Snow topped Sauk Mountain over the Skagit River

We stopped in Edison, WA and ate delicious paella outside at Slough Food's sundeck. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The scenery along the North Cascades Highway is breathtaking!

The scenery along the North Cascades Highway is breathtaking!

Sauk River and the Cascade Mountains

Sauk River and the Cascade Mountains

I'm told the wildflower trail up to Mount Sauk is beautiful in July

I'm told the wildflower trail up to Mount Sauk is beautiful in July

Daffodil fields at the Skagit Valley

Daffodil fields at the Skagit Valley

On St. Patrick's Day, we photographed the daffodils in the Skagit Valley and drove to Concrete, Washington, to see a portion of the beautiful North Cascades Highway. Can't wait to explore more of this region once the entire highway re-opens. Portions of the North Cascades Highway closes due to snow every year. 

Paella served at Slough Food in Edison, WA.

Paella served at Slough Food in Edison, WA.

Whitehorse Mountain near Darrington, WA.

Whitehorse Mountain near Darrington, WA.

So happy for spring! Daffodils along the Skagit Valley, Washington

So happy for spring! Daffodils along the Skagit Valley, Washington