Okay, here is a quick tip to liven up your travel photography. Say you find a beautiful castle in the Czech Republic bathed in warm light. The castle is surrounded by water, so the reflection photography is incredible. You blaze away just giddy with how nice the images are coming out. A few fall leaves add a nice point of interest to the reflection. The image above is one you are really happy about, your creative mission is accomplished.
Or is it? The second I find myself saying ‘I got the shot’, that is a slippery slope for me. I find myself turning off my creative ideas and vision. There is always another way to photograph a scene. And such is the case with the castle reflection. Try this trick. Find a small rock, and throw it into the calm water to create beautiful concentric circles of waves to add an interesting element to the image. Now you have created tension in a tranquil scene, juxtaposed calm with motion. Which image do you like better? What really matters is you created a second image of a scene you ‘got the shot’. Staying creative is always the most important!