Saturday, May 23, 2009

There's No Place Like Home - Part II

Oak Tree I © 2006 Dianne Poinski

Here a few of the images I promised in part I of this post. Oak Tree I & III are from the foothills east of Sacramento and “Twilight” was taken about an hour west of here.

Oak Tree III © 2006 Dianne Poinski

Twilight © 2008 Dianne Poinski

Since I wrote my last post I have realized that finding local places to photograph comes with an advantage I had forgotten about – the pressure is off. If you are an hour or two away from home and a shoot goes horribly wrong – equipment malfunction, bad weather, or operator error, which usually means mistakes like improper composition and/or exposure - it’s no big deal. You go back and get the shot when the stars are properly aligned .

Getting a “do over” isn’t usually possible when you are in , say – a foreign country.

This brings me to the reason for this post. As many of you know, I am going to Paris in July. I am excited about visiting this magical place for the first time. I am also feeling a little stressed out with the thought that "I have to come back with a portfolio of new and compelling images to show everyone". Most of this is self induced pressure, but I do have a couple of regular visitors to my website and my studio that have said “we can’t wait to see what you come back with!”

I have to remember that this is also a family vacation, and with two adult children I am not sure how many of these are in our future. I want to enjoy every aspect of this trip, and that will include plenty of photography, but I don’t want a repeat of what happened to me in Italy.

Italy was not a family vacation. I went with my cousin and we had a blast, but it was also a trip designed around photography. That’s why I was there. Around the third day I became consumed with the idea that I was not taking enough pictures and none of the pictures I had taken were any good. My cousin ignored me during this “episode” and waited it out. In the end I came home with quite a few images I was happy with as well as lots of stories that continue to drive our families out of the room whenever my cousin and I start reminiscing about our trip.

So I have a plan. While in Paris, I will have my cameras with me, but I won’t always bring my tripod. I feel this is a good compromise. A tripod wielding photographer is not a lot of fun, so I will reserve that for outings with more time and less people. I will just concentrate on having fun while taking pictures and then let go of the results and any expectations I may have. This might be easier said than done, but I will give it my best shot (pun intended).

If anybody has any other ideas or suggestions for great and easy places to photograph in and around Paris, please let me know!


  1. Those images are breathtaking! Just beautiful!

    I photographed Paris in 1997 and plan to go back next year. There are so many wonderful places there - I'm sure you'll have no problem coming back with a bunch of images!!!

    Can't wait to see what you come back with! No pressure or anything - haha!!! :)

  2. The oaks and the slough photos are beautiful. I used to live in Foresthill outside of Auburn and have driven by many of these places, I should have stopped for a closer look.

  3. Hi Dianne,

    I've been in the Sierra's and Northern California, what beautiful country you live in, and get to photograph.

    And have a wonderful time in Paris with your family. Happy traveling blog mate!

  4. I don't feel that you need to worry - Paris is so photogenic you won't have any trouble capturing images.

    Have you ever thought of using one of those little folding pocket tripods as a compromise? I have seen them, but haven't used one for myself.

    Have a wonderful time!

  5. Thank you everyone!
    Katherine, that's a good idea about the folding tripod. Usually they are not that sturdy but it might be better than nothing.