Editor’s Choice: A Tourist Photo

Being a tourist is about more than just heading somewhere in the summer with your family, or to the beach with your friends. It’s also about traveling and seeing something. Our photo for today is about all this. It preserves memories, and it likely has helped the photographer’s friends to literally see their travels.

A good tourist photo is one that truly captures the place you visited—its majesty and uniqueness. Let’s take a look at one such photo.

Author: Graham Wiles
Author: Graham Wiles

Majesty and Uniqueness

Right at first sight, this photo depicts the majesty of the site. The tourists standing at the bottom on the beach help a lot with this. Fortunately there are only a few of them, and they are not wearing colorful clothing that might disrupt the picture. They are a very good indicator of the true size of this natural formation.

There are a lot of similar photos out there. They mostly serve to remind you and your friends of places you’ve visited.  If you’d like to travel to some place in the world strictly to take pictures, in that case everything’s different—but that’s a matter for a different article.

The Composition


This photo’s composition is entirely fine. Its main subject is spread out well across the frame, and it’s not clumped mainly around the center. The entrance to the cave has been positioned about one third of the way in to the picture. The water surface is level. Everything is just like it should be.

As far as the technical quality is concerned, there are some flaws here, although they don’t detract from the place’s beauty. We can see how the details aren’t perfectly detailed and the picture overall is slightly “shaky.” The cause may lie in the equipment used. This photograph’s is stated to be seven years old, and as we all know, digital photography is technically advancing by leaps and bounds.

If you too travel to see a chunk of the world, then a photo like this will be enough for you. But think ahead about whether you’re traveling for photography, or for yourself. If you’re traveling for yourself, then a photo like this is entirely OK and it does what it needs to do.

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AuthorMajo Elias

I’ve been taking pictures since 2004. When I was starting out, I photographed almost everything. Later my style solidified and I began photographing people almost exclusively. At the moment my main genres are fashion and advertising.

Comments (3)

  1. It is difficult to portray grandeur and scale in a photograph, but Mr. Wiles has managed this excellently by adopting a low natural shooting position. But notice how this depiction of scale is diminished in the smaller image. Bigger is better, as they say.

  2. great , i like all stuff

    1. Thank you! :)

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