Minou Valley is a small but has a big waterfall and many small streams. In Autumn many people visit there for seeing beautiful autumn leaves; One of the beautiful sightseeing spot in Osaka.
I live nearby there so I’ve been visited quite often with my camera. I prefer small water flows to shoot with ND filters.
While I organizing my old data, I tried to count how many times I visited there since I started photography.
2011 (10 times: when I just started photgraphy)
2012 (14 times: in Autumn I finally got D800E)
2013 (20 times )
2014 (6 times)
So far I’ve visited the same place 50 times during four years. (Recently I’m focusing on architectures, so the number decreased) After purchasing D800E, I wanted and had to get used to full frames, so the number increased.
Traveling is fun! Visiting a new location is absolutely the pleasure for topographers. But in reality it’s hard to visit different places and countries every time you shoot especially for an temporary photographer like me. Instead it’s pretty easy to visit a familiar place you live nearby. So I recommend to find your favorite place (nearby) and visit there again and again especially when you just started photography.
1.TIME EFFICIENCY Since you can access fast the location, you can afford taking the time for shoot a lot. The more you shoot, more you got experienced.
2. EXPERIMENT & EXPERIMENT You can shoot in different weather, season and light conditions. Don’t forget trying different angles and compositions.
3. TEST You can try different lenses, filters, tripod, any tools to get use to them. Don’t use any unfamiliar camera and lens for an important session. Know your tools’ good and bad.
4.STUDY You can try new technique like,HDR, panorama, and post processing(after shoot)
5.ECONOMY No money after buying a new lens? Go your favorite place nearby.
Demerit: Gradually get boring
When you start to feel boring, it’s the sign you’re ready to fly!
The world is waiting for you, and you can take more beautiful photographs with much confident before.
Shoot more, try more, test your gadget, try new skills.
Don’t hesitate for visiting the same place many times.
Just hesitate doing the same things.