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Need to Take Better Travel Photos

“You know, most people stop for a second and set up their photos before taking pictures,” Chaya once commented on my haphazard photography style.

Perhaps she is correct. I usually do not let photography come in between myself and anything else when traveling. Taking photos is usually just something that I do on the side of whatever else I am doing without much thought or effort. I go for walks and I snap photos of things that I find interesting without pausing in my forward motion or without interrupting my thoughts or actions.

But I know that I need to take better travel photos.

This is a fact. If I wish for this travelogue to progress to the next level, I need to supplement my carefully chosen and fondled words with images that do them justice. For the lay reader who is in the habit of running through travel blogs like a pornography connoisseur through tissues, I fear that photos are at least 50% of the game. For the real readers of this travelogue, I am sure that some good photos every now and then would make the reading experience a little fuller and more enjoyable. For the press and media, photos are almost everything. It has been widely stated that a photo is worth a thousand words.

I enjoy writing thousands of words, I do not enjoy taking thousands of photos. I need to start making photography a game, something to find fun in and to get better at. I am challenging myself to take better photos, to approach photography almost as an art rather than a mechanical operation. I am challenging myself to walk slow, set up my shots, and to cultivate a gun fighter’s instinct about when to draw my camera and shoot away.

Traveling is a process through the self. I want to become a little better every day at what I do. I want to take better photos.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Sanliurfa, Turkey- March 26, 2009
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Boys in Sanliurfa in the southeast of Turkey.


Halil-ur-Rahman Mosque near the Pool of Sacred Fish (Balikligöl), where Abraham was thrown into the fire by Nimrod.


Vendor selling food for the the the sacred fish of the Balikligöl pool, Sanliurfa.


Harran, the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world.


An Arab man at Harran.


Taxi drivers at Harran.

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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