The one with all the cameras always taking a photo.
Granted, I wasn’t the other kind of THAT tourist, the one taking photos with a ginormous iPad that I spotted everywhere I went (soapbox moment: people, use your phone or buy a real camera of some sort that is ONLY a camera. Holding up an iPad that the rest of us have to duck around or zoom past even more is far more annoying while traveling than it is at a wedding).
But … here’s the thing, and I’m not the only photographer who has said this (or something similar)…
The fact that I’m always taking photos means I’m also noticing far more details than the average person is while viewing a destination/sight in front of them.
Because, in my years of photographing anything and everything, I’ve learned that noticing all the details is key, especially when someone is paying you to make sure there’s not a bad detail standing out in their portraits!
These photos were taken on our partial hike to Taft Point that I blogged a couple weeks ago … I fell behind a bit because I kept stopping every time I’d see a detail that was as photo worthy as the scenic vistas that Yosemite is known for. And, I want to remember these details just as much as the 180° vistas at Glacier Point and Tunnel View.
Tiny purple blooms as small in size (if not more) as my thumb. The ‘carvings’ created by an insect in the bark of the branch on the left. Pine bark all over the ground at the edge of the trail where it fell from nearby trees.
Weathered sun bleached wood. Tiny puffs of grass and other ‘weed’ like plants. Scattered pieces of bark.
Pine needles. Moss growing on dried branches. Tiny pinecones. More insect ‘carvings’ …
Yellow puffs growing next to a random rock a few feet from the trail edge.
A tiny tree growing out of the mostly stone landscape.
The start of life on a somewhat bigger tree (than the one in the previous photo).
Blooms lying on a tree branch (presumably placed there by another tourist).
So the next time you see THAT tourist who appears to never pull the camera away from their face or that never stops snapping photos with their phone (or the dreaded iPad), grant them a little grace and stay silent (even if you’re only mentally grumbling). See if you can figure out what details they’ve picked up on that haven’t jumped out at you just yet …