Being a tourist in your own backyard

A black and white photo of ice on a break wall

Alright, raise your hand if you’re tired of not being able to go places and see things. I was just scrolling through my photos and realized that almost every single picture from this year was taken within a 30 km radius of my house.

Covid-19 travel restrictions suck, but they don’t mean you can’t still go out and enjoy being a tourist in your own backyard.

So how do you get really cool pictures of things that you see every day? Boring stuff? Stuff that you’ve looked at so many times you can’t even believe other people would want to photograph it? You start by changing the way you look at things instead of changing the things you look at.

Stop expecting the perfect travel shot to just appear in front of you (like it would if you were actually travelling) and start thinking about what makes your surroundings something another tourist would love to shoot. In Canada, trees in the fall are something that even Canadians get excited about. Hint. Hint.

Look for the light and shadows. What you see at night is different than what you see during the day. Use that.

Play with the weather. It’s autumn. Here in Cobourg we get a lot of fog in the autumn. Fog changes the way ordinary objects look. Hint. Hint.

Don’t let travel restrictions get you down. Ok. Don’t let them get you all the way down. Grab your camera and go find some inspiration.