Travel Photographer: Richard Martin

Cliché postcard shots are not in this veteran’s repertoire.

India customs and traditions

India customs and traditions

Understanding the customs and traditions of a place is very important. It is essential to act in a way that is not rude or offensive. Be sensitive to the scene in your viewfinder. If people are getting nervous, ask permission or move on. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Cuba

Cuba

I was attracted to the strong shadows and the warm quality of the early morning light, which add a sense of mystery to the image. Be patient. Street scenes change continuously. Choose a spot that has potential, relax, and wait for the elements to fall together. Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical.Richard Martin
Children Southern India

Children Southern India

Backlighting at sunset created strong silhouettes of children climbing on wooden fishing piers along the shoreline. The only way to discover the pattern of life in a place is to experience it so “get out there”. Early mornings and late afternoons are perfect times. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Cow and Bird

Cow and Bird

Always have your camera with you and always keep your eyes open. Serendipity plays an extremely important role in travel photography. You never know what you are going to run into, and you have to be ready. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Southern India

Southern India

As I photographed the color and shadows of this village home in the warm morning light, a curious child peeked thru the doorway. I carefully zoomed back to include him in the composition, providing both context and balance to the design. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
India customs and traditions

India customs and traditions

Understanding the customs and traditions of a place is very important. It is essential to act in a way that is not rude or offensive. Be sensitive to the scene in your viewfinder. If people are getting nervous, ask permission or move on. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Venice Italy

Venice Italy

Don't be shy about asking for directions. Wander down alleys. Sit in cafés and watch life pass by. Try and avoid restaurants where the tourists frequent and choose local favorites. Get away from the crowds, wander down a street and see where it leads. Getting away from the tourists and tourist sites, away from what is too familiar and comfortable makes it easier to get a feel for the rhythm of a place, and to be more perceptive to a new territory. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Regusa Sicily

Regusa Sicily

When traveling to new surroundings, it is important to be conscious of the negative aspects of ‘over stimulation’. There is a natural tendency to be less observant in general, while engaged in exciting new situations. Ultimately, the challenge is to consciously observe beyond the surface of one’s own ‘selective reality’. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Cuban Boy

Cuban Boy

Have confidence in yourself and your vision. When photographers are open to new possibilities, the world offers us many surprises. Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical.Richard Martin
Eureka Dunes, Death Valley CA

Eureka Dunes, Death Valley CA

Eureka Dunes, Death Valley CA Make an effort to relate the photos that you make with your own experience and impressions instead of merely repeating what you see on postcards and travel brochures. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AF.Richard Martin
Mesquite Flats, Death Valley CA

Mesquite Flats, Death Valley CA

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC AFRichard Martin