planning an epic road trip // intro
It is said that “the road goes on forever”, but I prefer to think of it as having both a beginning and an end.
And the place to start and finish is always home.
For many years, the road was like home to me… now it is more a means to an end.
But it still has just as much of a draw on my spirit as it did before…
“Road…”, you are not home anymore, “…yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself” (Walt Whitman).
Often times people will compliment my images, and then inevitably ask how I did it.
I’ve found that many folks assume that I wander around, aimless, in amazing locations, and simply “happen upon” the perfect shot. While that can happen, it’s really rare. More often than not, a lot of work and planning go into each and every photograph. And even after all that planning and hard work, sometimes it just doesn’t come together. I am completely dependent on nature. But it wouldn’t be as fun if it weren’t so challenging!
So it occurred to me after feedback from the last few posts that it might be interesting to my viewers to get a more in-depth, “behind the scenes” look into what it takes to plan, execute, and achieve success on a big road trip shoot, like my Rocky Mountain road trip and my upcoming Everglades adventure.
I will try to cover as much process as I can without boring you :) I’ll season the raw information with poignant examples, along with hilarious and terrifying stories from the road.
You can expect several in-depth posts over the next few weeks, leading up to my trip… and here’s a brief outline of what I’ll cover:
- Picking the right destination (not always as simple as it sounds)
- Choosing your route
- Making a shot list
- Creating a realistic final plan of action
So thirteen years after my very first road trip alone – fittingly, also to the Everglades – I want to share some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way!
Planning an epic road trip is truly an art. Don’t believe me?… check back in, follow this series, and then tell me what you think!
I would love to hear from all of you… What have your experiences been, and what lessons have you learned on the road?
Thanks for tuning in!
A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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