This may sound silly but I often find that the hardest part about photography is deciding on where to go. Since I live in California there are no shortage of great locations to photograph. With all those options I find myself suffering from decision paralysis.
One recent example: I had a free weekday to go shoot photos and not have to worry about work or parenting. Great but what should I do? Being the analytical type I found myself looking at all of the California fall photo reports I could find, checking recent Instagram posts, The Photographers’ Ephemeris / Sky Fire app, weather.com and local webcams compulsively all week. I kept vacillating between fall colors under giant sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park (a long day trip), Sonoma Coast (most likely fogged in), Point Reyes National Seashore (even more likely fogged in) and doing a long hike + photo shoot on Mount Tamalpais.
The day before I was thrown for a loop when my wife said I could book myself a room and stay overnight if I have to. Ok well then that opened up a lot more options such as Eastern Sierra fall colors. I already had plans on going there this month anyway so in the end I decided not to – I also miss my family when I’m not home. Narrowing my options down to a two-hour radius of my home I didn’t decide where I wanted to go until I was about the walk out the door in the morning.
My decision came down to my priorities for the day. I wanted to get some good exercise in via hiking during the day then hopefully catch a sunset in the evening. The options were narrowed down to Point Reyes and Mount Tam at this point. Mount Tam won out in the end because I love going there.
This may sound cliche but if you find yourself undecided on where to shoot photos just go with your gut feeling. You’ll be happier this way. You can be like me and waste a lot of time trying to rationalize every decision you make or you can follow your instincts and ask questions later.
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