This week, I’m going a little off the beating path. Our theme for the month thus far has been all about getting out with your camera. Earlier in the week, we discussed some tips on Finding Time for [your]Photography. As reader, Lisa, pointed out…weekends are a great time to get out with your camera. Those of us with families might have trouble justifying that, but there’s nothing wrong with taking your camera out with your family. So where should you go?
One suggestion I have is to check out some of your state and national parks. The U.S. National Parks Service is home to some of the greatest natural environments and vistas all across the country. And I’m not just talking about the big parks like Yosemite, there’s probably some great ones not far from your home, regardless of where you live. Near my home are some great natural boulder fields – the result of a geologic phenomenon that renders the landscape piled with boulders. Great photo opportunities there. Get the family in the mix, and you will probably have some great action shots and candid shots as well.
Many of the National Parks allow camping – some even have cabins or open-air shelters. So you may even be able to make a weekend of your visit. Most locations also offer services such as canoe and boat rentals, picnic areas, hiking trails and so on, so there’s no shortage of things to do.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the U.S. National Park Service’s website and find a location near you.
As a bonus, I’d like to point out two areas of the site that will be of more interest specifically to photographers:
- NPS Historic Photograph Collection – Many famous photographs and obscure photographs from famous photographers (such as the one shown here, shot by Ansel Adams) are available online.
- Share the Experience Photo Contest – NPS is part of a photo contest organized by Federal Recreation Lands. Enter your shots into this contest and win a cover shot for their 2011 brochure. First Prize also grants you a 3 night stay in any of the parks nation wide. [Editor’s Note – June, 2010 – the contest’s website has been taken offline.]
Visit the site: U.S. National Park Service
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