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Doing the Gig

Wooden Boat and RopeDo you have a favorite place you like to visit to do photography; a place you go again and again? One of my favorites is downtown Gig Harbor. There are views of Mount Rainier, picturesque boats, parks, and scenic streets. I don’t know how many times I’ve shot there, but since I use to live in on the Gig Harbor peninsula (and still live only a short drive away), I have photographed the Harbor many times.

One of the challenges of shooting the same place multiple times is getting something fresh. Besides the scenery, shooting in Gig Harbor helps me work on thinking outside my normal box. Since I’ve photographed the same scenes multiple times, it forces me to try to find new points of view for the same scenes. It presents good exercise for the most important component of photography – your mind.

Shooting the same location again and again also allows to work on variations on a theme. Again, this is a very good mental exercise for a photographer. While I suggest working a scene, shooting a wide number of variations (as I discussed in this previous post), by returning multiple times, you can add the fourth dimension, time, to your variations.

For these reasons (and because it was a photo outing with the Mountaineers), I did the Gig one evening last week. The photos here are some of the results.

Do you have your own Gig? Where is your favorite place you like to return to again and again, and why do you return?

Boathouse Flag

Harbor Rainbow


Cloudy Harbor Scene

Boathouse Details

Harbor Reflection

Boats at Dusk


9 responses

  1. Nice detail, love the clarity of your image

    April 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  2. Interesting what you say. I live in a small town harbour and go there very often to photograph an as you wright, you really have to use imagination to get something new. It’s a great challenge. And I love photos of similar places to se how others look at the some what same views. The detailed photo of the wooden boat is so beautiful.

    April 25, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    • Thanks Lena. It’s the challenge that makes us better photographers. We need that challenge to keep growing and expanding – rather than being stuck taking the same shots again and again.

      April 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

  3. Laura G

    Love the one with the ramps and the rowboat and reflection. Fantastic!

    April 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

  4. Thank you for all the insights because it inspires me to try them! And, you are so right – the photos are beautiful while expanding the visual journey!

    April 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

  5. great pictures!

    April 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

  6. Reblogged this on ALCOMU en wordpress and commented:
    I love wood! beautiful picture! It is worth visiting that blog

    May 31, 2015 at 11:43 pm

  7. ¿Por qué ya no hay barcos así?
    Que bonita esta la madera.

    June 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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