Where’s Your Photography Honeypot?

Darwin and I have a secret photo place we go to. It’s close by, it’s easy to access and it almost always delivers something. Here are some images from an outing to the  historic Cochrane Ranche site made last spring.

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

We only spent just over an hour, but had a much higher ‘keeper rate’ than usual from a photo outing. Normally, we delete around 90% of the images from a photo shoot. (Yes, DELETE, as in permanently toss. Hey, junk is junk! By now we usually appreciate the difference between a good image and a mediocre one – and we still have those “what was I thinking?” stinkers that also end up in the digital trash can.) But our keeper rate from this last spring visit was over 80%! This makes us very happy. Here’s the breakdown:

Darwin: 46 exposures, 16 unique compositions, 13 keepers

Sam: 42 exposures, 18 unique compositions, 15 keepers (ahem, note my slight edge in quantity if not quality…)

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

Notice also that, even though we are sometimes standing shoulder-to-shoulder, we still come away with our own unique style with the same subject matter (Darwin always warms things up!) Good honeypots offer a variety of ways to interpret a place for the creative shooter.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

Do you have a local photo honeypot? Where do you head when you have limited time but are hoping for good returns?

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

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6 Comments

  1. Dave Belcher
    December 8, 2016

    Make sure you visit the Ancient Forest, northwest of McBride, BC. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Jasper. You’ll have lots and lots of KEEPERS!
    I visited it last New Year’s while the snow was deep and crisp and even.
    OH, yeah…I almost forgot…bring your camera. 🙂 You’ll want to make many return trips to here. It’s the largest interior rainforest in North America. More impressive than Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, wheelchair accessible, not over-run with tourists.

    Here are some links to whet your appetite for tree photography.
    http://gigapan.com/gigapans/161887
    http://gigapan.com/gigapans/161890
    http://gigapan.com/gigapans/161970

    http://gigapan.com/gigapans/142395

    http://gigapan.com/gigapans/142476

    http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/293806/#

    Of course, for a closer venue, there’s always Whirlpool Point and Kootenay Plains!

    Dave

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    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 14, 2016

      Wow, impressive panos Dave. Of course location is just one ingredient… the other is the photographer’s eye and skills… you have those in spades!

  2. Veronica
    December 8, 2016

    Hi You both are so right. Most times some of our best images are just out our backdoor , a short walk or even maybe just a short drive near where we live. I give my self permission every week to follow my passion of photography. Once I return I am always surprise what I was able to capture through my lens . Happy Shooting!

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  3. Joanne Bradley
    December 8, 2016

    Gorgeous! All of them!

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  4. Sarah Marino
    December 14, 2016

    It is fun to see what you both come back with after photographing the same spot at the same time. And, I love that you both made interesting photographs of bare trees, a subject that many nature photographers would dismiss as “boring.” Always inspiring!

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  5. Marty Prentice
    December 23, 2016

    Nice to see Sam beating the hell out of Darwin! Driven past that area many times but either not had my camera with me or no time, but now will make more of an effort to stop one of theses times. Holiday wishes to all.

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