Tucson Mountain Park
If you're planning to do some landscape photography, you could either take a trip, spend lots of money, fight the crowds, and maybe get some great shots...that are identical to what the 32 other guys standing right next to you got...or you could stay close to home, spend almost nothing, get away from the crowds, and maybe get some great shots that are completely unique. Don't get me wrong, though. My wife and I love to visit the places where so many spend their vacations. There is a reason why the crowds are there. There is something so satisfying, though, about discovering a scene that nobody else even notices and taking a photo that nobody else has taken. Satisfying, but difficult...and maybe that's why it is so satisfying. You don't have a guide book that tells you when to be there, where to set your tripod, what lens to use, how to get the exact same shot that the author got. You have to figure all that out for yourself. You have to find the composition. And then you have to keep coming back until the conditions are just right. I think that landscape photographers can make remarkable images without going to the famous license plate locations. And that is my goal for this year.