If you love photography, you probably have a favourite location where you like to go on a regular basis to take a picture. I am not talking about a far-off destination you might visit only once a year or less. I’m talking about a place that is close to home. You might pass by it everyday on your way to or from work or take a quick detour when you are five minutes away from your house. It is a place where you enjoy practising your daily photography.
When I was living in Turin, there were many locations I could visit time and time again as I was living downtown. One of my favourite walks was along the river Pò in the Murazzi area. Since I am now living in Wales, in a far more rural area, that favourite spot has become the beach just five minutes by foot away from home. I fell in love with the location when I used to come here during the summer, so now it somehow feels natural to go there whenever I have a moment to spare.
Now, the sea and beach are conducive to sunset shots and you might think that there is nothing original in that. But this is actually my point. I don’t go there to capture anything in particular, but I like going there because the light is always different. And despite the location being the same, it is interesting to try and capture it in a different way each time I visit. It is my 5-10 minute daily photographic routine and I think it is quite a nice one to have. (And photography aside, a walk in a nice place is always pleasant and a good way to free your mind for a brief moment from the stresses of daily life.)
Something I am always pleased to see is that many of the members of our Google + Community seem to enjoy going back to the same spot to take a new picture. It is actually thanks to them that I got the idea for this article.
I also make this daily routine my starting point when I have a new camera to review. I never start out by taking specific shots to evaluate the specs of the camera. During the first days, I simply want to enjoy shooting with it.
Right now I am having a wonderful time using the Leica T system. Below you’ll find a selection of shots taken over the past couple of days. No specs, just pure enjoyment.
Do you have a favourite location as well? I would love to hear about it in the comments section below!