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How To: NOT To Take Travel Photos

Travel Photo Thursday

Usually, those of us who participate in Budget Traveler’s Sandbox weekly photo show, called Travel Photo Thursday, try to show off our very best.  Today because it is How To week here at A Traveler’s Library, I’m going to show you some of my mistakes. How NOT To. Don’t worry–it wasn’t hard to find enough to fill a column.  And I probably stopped sooner than I should have because it got rather depressing.

All of these pictures are taken with a semi-automatic, point and shoot camera. But even the simplest do have some settings. Learn about them. Use them. I hope I’ve learned a little, and maybe you’ll see some cautions for your own photography. Just be assured that none of THESE are going into that beautiful photo book I’m inspired to make by yesterday’s book review.


…forget that there should be a FOCUS for the picture rather than random stuff. Continue reading How To: NOT To Take Travel Photos

Travel Photo Thursday: Witches

Wicked Marrionettes, Salzburg
Wicked Marrionettes, Salzburg

Although the Salzburg Marionette Theater is anything but scary, you’ll have to admit that the witch from  Hansel and Gretel is a little scary. I recently learned, however, that the way to keep witches away is to put a pile of corn near you doorway.  When a witch flies over corn, she is obliged to stop and count every kernel before she can go on.  And I never thought why I pile corn in a centerpiece for Halloween decor!

I visited the Salzburg Marionette Theater and was fortunate to be invited on a backstage tour when Ken and I toured Austria several years ago. If you thought marionettes were just for kids, you should take a look at the operas presented by this theater.

Salzburg Marionette Theater
Salzburg Marionette Theater

The top photo is the property of Vera Marie Badertscher and the bottom photo is used with permission of the Salzburg Marionette Theater.

This look at a Salzburg Marionette, my offering for Travel Photo Thursday, is part of two weeks of mysteries and scary things as we approach Halloween. You can see more Travel Photo Thursday offerings at Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Over the Top: Both the Title and the Style

HikingDestination: The Alps–Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Lichtenstein,  Monaco

Book: Over the Top & Back Again, Hiking X the Alps,  by Brandon Wilson, illustrated by Ken Plumb, NEW 2011

Once  an experienced travel writer whom I admire explained to his class how to write a good travel story.

“Put yourself at risk,” he said. The closer the writer comes to total disaster, the theory goes, the more interesting the story will be. Continue reading Over the Top: Both the Title and the Style