What he ultimately found is by having this list he was constantly scanning his surroundings. He found he was more aware of things on his vacation and found that trying to find these photos made him a better photographer in many ways. The first, and biggest in my opinion, is taking photos that you might have normally missed.
This vacation I had a list of 20 items that my friends and family had given me. Facebook is a wonderful thing for this type of game too. I had done this last year for the trip to Rome but wasn't prepared enough to remember to actually write the photos down. This year I had them written down and shared them with the SIL to help keep me focused on taking them.
Here's the scavenger hunt list and photos.
You'd think it'd be easy to get this photo in a place like Barcelona considering we had been warned and warned about the gypsies and their pickpocketing career. Still I found it was super hard to do. Instead, I took a picture of this crazy woman sitting in the square. She was talking to the birds and yelling at the seagulls when they came around. The more interesting, and frightening, part is she was literally falling out of her shirt. I put on my telephoto lens to check her out when I noticed her girls were out as well. That is not an image you want burned into your brain.
3. Cafes and Desserts
|Lunch at Cafe Zuricj|
|Did someone say tapas?|
|Breakfast at the hotel|
This was a no brainer. Although I may have misinterpreted this one. When I was thinking "cafes" I was thinking what we were eating, not the actual café. I only took one photo of a café we ate at, but have several photos of our ham and cheese sandwiches and tapas. We didn't really eat desserts, so that part I didn't even consider.
4. Nature within the city
5. Travel companion in a compromising position
No photo for this. Though I tried. SIL made it hard. She knew about this one and I think was hyper aware of what she was doing so I wouldn't take a photo of her in a compromising position.
Probably the easiest of the list and yet the one I couldn't take enough photos of. We visited La Boqueria open market in Barcelona (and ultimately found a fantastic bar inside that had the BEST ham and cheese sandwiches). The thing about the open market is everything is out in the open. We marveled at how unsanitary we American's considered it. No refrigeration for some things where we would have and all the ham, seafood, etc just sitting out in the open. There must have been 30 stores that were selling Iberian jamon. In all the cases, these legs were hung up and when they were slicing it, the leg of pig was attached to this crazy cuff thing.
7. Someone in a hat sipping a coca cola
8. An interesting doorway
9. Picture of myself in a disco, dancing
So yah, no photo for this one either. SIL and I aren't night owl type of people and were in bed well before the discos opened. I did have a thought of perhaps using the disco on the boat during the day, but then completely forgot about this one.
10. Picture of someone named Heather
11. Starbucks sign
12. A Spanish version of Linus and Lucy
Then what happened is everywhere I saw a cat, I took a photo. In fact, at one point this little brat of a boy (he really wasn't a brat he was surprisingly well behaved) called me out for taking another photo of another cat.
|Cat in the Kasbah|
|Another cat in the Kasbah|
|Mr. Cat in Tenerife|
|This little guy was mooching food in Casablanca|
|Also at the Kasbah|
|This sweet cat was at a roadside stop we made in Malaga|
14. Picture of a purple flower
15. A noteworthy mustache
16. An old padlock and key
I wasn't sure about this one. Finding an old padlock AND key might prove to be challenging. So again, I took some liberties. Finding old locks would be easier for sure. I took a couple of photos of old locks, but liked this one the best...even though the actual lock isn't old, the hatch is.
17. A crab
18. A pretty, or interesting, bug on a bridge rail
THIS one was one I also put in the "not gonna happen" file. I did find this interesting worm thing in Teneriffe. Granted it wasn't on a rail of a bridge, but at least it's a bug.
19. An obvious American tourist
20. A picture of a pregnant woman on a Vespa
And so there they are. I wanted to thank everyone who gave me a photo idea. It was fun doing this and practicing my "awareness" of my surroundings. I am trying to think of a way to do this in my everyday life. Any ideas?