Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Own Photographic Bucket List

I enjoy many various online photographic communities, and one article in particular caught my eye the other day over at the DPS (Digital Photography School )website. The author had been inspired during the arrival of the new year to create his own personal bucket list.... of shots and images he`s always wanted to capture as a photographer. And he challenged his readers to do the same. I thought, `what a brilliant idea!!!`

Now a valid point was made that these may not all be attainable right now, or even in a lifetime but that in making the list, you discover something new about your photography, and obviously something about yourself as well. So I figured I would post mine here... and perhaps I`ll even be able to tick a few off the list during the coming year and post some examples, or explain my trials and errors.

So here they are, in no particular order. If you love photography, and love a challenge, or love to dream, then I encourage you to make your own list of shots you`d love to conquer before you (ahem) kick the ol`bucket.

1) Macro shot of a rain-soaked spider`s web. (I realize this has been seen many a time, but every time I see an image of one, I realize just how intricate and beautiful nature can be)

2) Street photography in New York City. (This one is certainly attainable, and I`ve been dying to do this for some time)

3) Capture a Hot Air Balloon Festival on a clear day.

4) Snow falling on an old dark lamp lit street... preferably one lined with cafes and pubs... almost impressionistic perhaps.

5) A time exposure of a breezy wildflower field and old ruins.

6) Dump or wrecking yard series (inspired by photographic genius Ed Burtynsky).

7) Fog rising over a pond at sunrise. This would imply that I need to actually get out of bed before 10:00 am. HA. Hey... it could happen!

8) A Festival in Rome or Venice. The color and energy in a photograph like that would be brilliant I think.

9) A killer harvest moon shot! ..... Enough said!

10) A sunset over a Scottish Moore. No special gear required per se, except perhaps an excellent tinted filter to make the color pop.

11) One fabulous still life composition. I have yet to decide on the perfect lighting and subject matter without it looking like your typical still life shot. Gotta keep thinking about this!

So there you have it! I hope this inspires you to create your own list, and then to strive for it heartily. Chow for now folks!


  1. I think you have a great list here, and one that is attainable in a shorter time than the rest of your life. Couple years! Then you can create a new one.

    Having photographic goals is important. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Yes, I realized as I wrote this list that they seemed very attainable, and it suddenly inspired and motivated my somewhat dormant sense of adventure once more. Thanks for stopping by Bob, I was also further inspired by wandering around your own site!