The Mistaken Tree

Nikon D800, 1/160 sec., f/7.1, ISO 400, 70mm
Nikon D800, 1/160 sec., f/7.1, ISO 400, 70mm

While it’s great to go out and shoot what you like, it’s also important to mark down all the places that you’ve visited in the past in case you want to visit it in the future again.

There was one place in particular that I wanted to return to, since shooting there last winter season. I had a hard time remembering where it was, even though I knew the rough location of it. One morning, I ended up here, thinking this was the place, only to find out that this wasn’t anything like the place I had remembered from the previous year.

This lone tree still made for an interesting shot, backed against the ominous clouds, so I suppose I didn’t leave completely empty handed. Nevertheless, I was kicking myself for not properly marking down the places I had shot before.

For those adventure-seekers out there, make sure you keep a good log of where you shoot—if not for yourself, then for others in case they’re interested. It will make your life much easier should you or somebody else want to return to the location in the future.

Handy Tip

Here’s a handy tip to log locations in case your dSLR does not have a GPS attachment or feature built in. When I go shooting with my Nikon, I always have my iPhone with me. So whenever I shoot somewhere, I make it a point to at least shoot once with my iPhone. This way, my iPhone will have a record of the location of where that photo was taken. I can easily cross-reference my iPhone photo with those from my Nikon, instantly giving me the location of that shoot. Needless to say, this will work with your Android or any other mobile device that has a GPS built inside.

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