To me, travel photography is about traveling abroad, exploring parts of your own country or state, or even traveling outside your comfort zone in your own county. That can include weeks of travel or simply taking a day trip.
Travels can take us to cities or towns, the countryside, or even into the woods; into nature. I have images that cover them all. However, for this month's tip, I will focus on the most standard definition of travel photography--cities and towns.
During my trip to Switzerland several years ago, I preferred to walk in the cities/towns of Zurich, Luzern (Lucerne), and Zermatt. I can see so much more when I walk--it minimizes those rehashed "vacation" pictures.
I did just that in Luzern. I just walked and walked for blocks, looking for Lion Monument.
When I travel, I don't just look for the "Top 10 Things To Do In......" I don't just aim to photograph places listed in travel guides. I leave myself open to whatever I see; to whatever happens.
Such was the case when I saw Lion Monument in Luzern. I saw a group of tourists gathering in front of it. As they gathered, I started seeing good compositions developing. Then, to add to that, a young lady just happened to walk into my composition, just a few feet from me, as she too admired the monument. I was about two feet from the ground. click!
There wasn't much color in the scene, except for one man's red umbrella. It occurred to me to convert the image to black & white, except for that one red umbrella.