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bucket-list.jpgLike most of you, I got interested in photography after viewing so many other photos that I thought were beautiful, and I thought “I want to be able to do that!” So I started reading, and practicing, and getting a better camera, and upgrading my lenses… and I still haven’t been able to take any of those photos that I drooled over all those years ago.

But I do have a list – what I call my Photo Bucket List – of all the photos I hope to one day capture – no matter how cliche and overdone some of them are, I don’t care, I want them.

Sunrise over water – I tried this once (to say I’m not a morning person would be a vast understatement). You can see my results up there, which isn’t much of a sunrise. The fog was so dense that morning that my view went from completely dark to a blueish-gray fog to white fog. It had to play with the white balance to get those warm colors. Yes. I CHEATED on the only sunrise photo I have. Needless to say, I can’t cross this off the list yet.

Sunset at a beach – When I say beach, I mean a real honest-to-goodness beach – one on the ocean. I think I need a trip to California for this one.

Under the Pier Shot – Hopefully I can get this one at the same trip as the above one.

Foggy tree-lined street – Last year I decided I wasn’t going to buy anymore photographs to put in my house, instead I was going to strive to take good enough photos myself that I’d want to hang in my house. I made that decision, thankfully, after purchasing one of my favorite photos that hangs over my fireplace. It’s of a foggy tree-lined street. I really want to duplicate this shot. Now I need to do is find a tree-lined street and make sure there’s fog there the day that I find it.

Long-exposure waterfall – The main thing that was holding me back from getting this photo was that I didn’t have a tripod. Now that I have one, the main thing that’s holding me back is being willing to set up the tripod when there’s always a large group of people trying to see the falls at the same time I am. I want a good view for my photo, but I always feel like setting up my tripod and getting a good shot is like telling everyone else that ventures down there “hey, my photograph is more important than you enjoying your visit.” Perhaps I need to figure out a time when my favorite falls near me aren’t very crowded!

Panning – I’ve attempted some panning shots before. Let’s just say you won’t see me posting any of those photos.

A lone tree in a field – I’ve seen so many different versions of this photo that I like – ones with brilliant green fields surrounding the trees, ones with fields of wheat, ones that are black and white, and ones that are snow-covered. Now, if I could just find a field with one lone tree in it….

One great wedding photo – I don’t want to be a wedding photographer. I’ve actually had nightmares before that friends get married and their photographer drops out at the last minute and they ask me to take over. Nightmares! That being said, I bring my camera to every wedding I’ve been to, and I’d like to get one good shot of the bride and groom.

A group jumping shot – I’ve taken a few photos of myself jumping, but nothing that compares to a group shot. I’m picturing either one on a beach, or one in the middle of a street with no cars on it.

A baseball bat hitting the ball – I don’t go to many baseball games, but whenever I do, I try to get a shot of the instant the bat connects with the ball. Maybe I’d have a better shot of getting this photo if I was a fan of a winning baseball team.

A silhouette of a couple kissing – especially if I combined this with the sunset on the beach. Even better if I could get myself in there as one half of the couple.

Baby detail photos – You know, of tiny feet and minuscule hands, and itty bitty ears. I don’t plan to have any children of my own, so I don’t have much control over when I’ll ever have an opportunity to take photos like this.

The good news is, while I haven’t been able to cross any photos off of this list yet, I know that the photos that have taken are all getting me one step closer to being able to get these “dream shots” of mine.

So, what’s on your photo bucket list?

About the Author: Jennifer Jacobs is an amateur photographer who runs iffles.com – a site for photography beginners. She’s also addicted to flickr and you can follow her stream here.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Bill Stodolny

    I thought I was the only one looking for that lone tree in a field

  • http://photosforthefunofit.blogspot.com Angie

    What a fun post! I’m such an amateur… but I have one on you. I have the sunset at the beach and under the pier shots. But what I really want to take are good people portraits. Although, I’d say a foggy road or railroad is near the top of the list too. And, forget the sunrise… I try not to ever see them! If I could just get good at indoor shots of people, especially wedding photos, I’d be happy. My indoor shots stink!

  • JGZ

    1. Long exposure lighthouse
    2. Sunrise in dessert
    3. Leaping Frog

    Got this sunset pic while playing with camera settings on a beginners course assignment

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  • Kris Haver

    I know where you can find that lone tree in a field. It’s on some farm land I own in southwest Iowa. Unfortunately, I don’t have a shot of it because I haven’t lived in Iowa since 1989, but if you’re ever interested in venturing that direction, I’d be happy to tell you how to get there!

    As for baseball, try the Reading Phillies if you’re anywhere close to PA. Of course, I’m biased since I work for them, but we had a winning season last season, and we have the up and coming Phillies players. You can get some great shots here.

  • Ricky

    Besides everything listed in the article (because even if you have something checked off on that list you can always improve and get a better shot) I want to get a night time pan shot of the NYC skyline. Get a better shot of lightening that I have already, Pans of my favorite sports arenas to hang on my walls. Any maybe a few small things here and there.

  • bianca canon 500d

    This was taken at Bouma falls on the ‘garden island of Fiji’ called Taveuni. There are 3 waterfalls, all within quite a hike from eachother. It was so worth it though and we were completely alone to enjoy its magnificence.
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=2520922&op=1&o=global&view=global&subj=785677783&id=785677783

  • http://robinsimages.net robin

    Now you have me thinking. Here is my list
    1. old churches-the ones with stain glass windows
    2. old cars from the 50′s
    3. the moon touching the water at night at the beach
    4. my husband’s new Harley at the beach at sunset(may get this one done this week)
    5.castles in Europe and Germany
    6. star trails never can stay up late enough
    7. bears catching salmon
    8. glaciers
    9. the grand canyon
    The great thing is you can always add to your list as you go.

  • Retief de Villiers

    I live in Strand, about 40km east of central Cape Town on the False Bay coast and it is an absolute perfect place to capture a sunset on the beach! The sunset takes place over the Cape peninsula mountains (which includes Table Mountain) on the other side of False Bay.
    Just one example: http://retiefdevilliers.fotopic.net/p2459603.html

  • http://photography-matters.blogspot.com/ Bruce Robbins

    Brilliant idea! I’m off to make my own list – starting with capturing the winning goal in a cup final.

  • Che

    Excellent idea. I’ll have to take some time to draw up my own list, but it’ll certainly have many of what’s already been noted.

    I have been able to cross off two in recent months though.

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  • Che

    Excellent idea. I’ll have to take some time to draw up my own list, but it’ll certainly have many of what’s already been noted.

    I have been able to cross off two in recent months though.

    Baby Details

    Lone Tree in a Field (of water)

  • craig

    1. A gritty B&W sot of a live punk band(from stage right)
    2. An old head (tilted) in and over grown graveyard with old gnarled trees in the fog
    3. That foggy tree lined street.
    4. A great macro of a bee (or dragonfly) in flight

  • harmony

    I think the one thing/ event that would be the crown jewel of my portfolio would be the aurora borealis in Alaska. It is also the one that I would have to travel the furthest for…

  • http://www.pbase.com/julianht/ Julian

    The main item on my bucket list is to have my photography work published. I have taken lots of photographs of all different subjects (and I am still adding new photographs every week) so a selection of those in a book would give me great satisfaction.

  • Rina Minca

    I’d love to take:
    1. a picture of a squirrel stretching – I’ve seen it, but unfortunately didn’t have my camera on me at the time
    2. a squirrel lounging – again, seen it, but didn’t have the camera.
    (Squirrels, by the way, are animals with so much personality, I find them histerical. I live in a place that has tons, and I mean tons, of squirrels, it’s even named after it)
    3. Sunrise/sunset over water – know of a place, just have to get htere someday
    4. crashing waves between two boulders or cliffs, from the top
    5. crashing waves on the beach
    6. boats, mostly sailboats, on a calm river, with no distractions on the sides
    7. bridges
    There are more, just can’t think of them! I got some ideas from others’ posts – thanx

  • Dave Madsen

    Darren,
    I don’t know if you will ever get the photo stuff down, but your writing is excellent. While I enjoy photos, I probably put more emphasis on prose.

  • http://fakeleft.ca/detour Stephanie Motz

    Another great list to make would be a list of shots you have taken that you are really proud of. Proud enough to submit for a competition, proud enough to hang on your wall, or proud enough to try selling it.

  • memmett

    Definitely a rainbow where I get it all right. I tried this and messed up and now know what to do next time – I’m just waiting….

    Another one I really want is a good picture (suitable for framing and that captures our personalities) of me and my husband. But, since I’m the photographer of the family, I’m not sure how this one will happen.

    Panning – I’ve come close, but haven’t hit the mark yet!

  • http://www.kgrafix.net Lynn Koellermeier

    I’ve been thinking of my bucket lately, too. I’ve had an urgency to take a great shot of Mt Diablo, which is in the Diablo range, and surrounds the place I live. Many people come here to take pictures, and hike it, but it never inspired me until lately. Recently, we had unexpected snow, (haven’t had that kind of snow for 70 years), so I took the day and traveled around getting pictures. Still not sure if I have the best ever, but I’m feeling closer.
    I’ve also had a desire to get a great shot of an ocean wave – something transparent and wonderful. Last week, my daughter and I went to take pictures of the big waves on the CA coast – and One of the pictures included such a wave. I feel better about that one, too. I also want to get the perfect pet photo – more than one – in motion. I want to take a picture of my dog, hanging out the window with her fur flying in the breeze – while wearing her pink sunglasses! And, yes, the baby picture like you mentioned. My other daughter will be having a baby in June, so I”m counting on the opportunity. . of course, everytime I see an exhibit, I get new ideas! Isn’t it fun?

  • JanN

    1. Shaped bokeh.
    2. long exposure waterfall – just got a brand new tripod. Can’t wait to head outdoors.. :)
    3. wedding photo.

  • Stef

    Hmm…
    1) Clear clean shot of gibbous moon (I’ve been struggling with this one with limited equipment)
    2) A riot (it’s not a love of violence, just normal in this country, and daring shots are highly prized on a personal level. Theres a local guy that specialises in it, which inspired me). My first reportive ‘riot’ shot was unexpected. And terrible when produced, but I’m still fond of it for the sense of daring that I remember. Being able to run is important!
    3) A London street, the right place, the right time.
    4) The ‘Haunting’ Shot. That picture you wished you had the nerve to just shoot. I regret the day I passed a high street shop to find an attractive young assistant standing among the display manequins. She was daydreaming, as if tired and hoping for something better to happen in life. I was street-shooting and had a camera around my neck, but lost the nerve. I also only had a 50mm prime on the camera and no doubt if I had the vantage point to take the shot it would have been spoiled by her noticing me.
    5) A ‘big dog’ portait. Preferably of an Irish Wolfhound. Beautiful yet fearsome looking, but loyal in the eyes.
    6) The laughter shot. Tricky indeed, but sincere laughter is like forgetting the camera is there, pulling you in to the throe of companionship. In essence, it’s trust.

  • Kristen

    I have quite the list…..

    Sunrise Over Water
    Lightning Storm Shot
    Sunset at beach
    *Under the pier
    *Foggy Tree-Line
    *Long Exposure waterfall (Doing this spring!)
    *A tree alone in a field/foggy/sunset
    *a great wedding photo
    *a group jumping
    *silhouette of a couple kissing
    *baby detail photo
    *each continent
    *marco of snowflake
    *a rainbow
    *Street photography
    *eclipse
    *bee on flower
    *fireworks
    *water droplet
    *beam of sunlight through clouds
    *panorama shot
    *high fashion shot
    *model shot
    *plane flying through moon
    *moon rise at beach
    *funny kid shot
    *Black&White photos of happy random people
    *looking from inside a waterfall
    *child encoutering something new
    *”antique photos” old stuff
    *each 7 wonders
    *grand canyons
    *paris
    *rome
    *greece
    *london
    *australia
    *iceland
    *sun breaking through trees
    *ferris wheel shot
    *amusement park on pier
    *close up cat
    *sunset/sunrise in India

  • Jay

    Please don’t judge me too harshly but I have done most of the shots mentioned. Sunrises, sunsets, long exposure water, panned movement, marco insects and flowers. I don’t like portraits so I shy away from them. My favorite shots are news making shots. I took a series of a lumber yard fire near my own house and when I look back at them, the drama and beauty of the fire gets me everytime. The look of the fireman and the way their arms are pointing for water lines to be laid and where to hit the fire adds life to shots. I have one where I was lucky enough to snap just as the fire melted the lines to the oil filled electric transformer and it exploded.
    I took another series of a vehicle accident I came upon. Again the true drama of life and capturing that moment. You can’t stage them, you can’t or shouldn’t photoshop them. It’s freezing life for that single moment.
    Now the arguement has always been at what point should you be a bystander or should you engage to help. I have not had to make that call yet, I have gotten there after emergency crews were on the scene so I was not needed.
    I do enjoy photojournalism and I understand that when that camera is in front of your face, you are only thinking about the shot but I struggle with the photographer that snaps a shot where they should have helped.

  • Sonofagunner

    Sunrise and Sunset on a beach and the insant a bat hits the ball are on my list. I would have to add catching the beam of light from a lighthouse, the instant a receiver catches a football (preferably a touchcown), winter morning frost. I have also attempted the shot looking up to the sky in a grove of tall trees.

  • http://www.teaganphotography.com Allison

    My list will be pretty long as there isn’t much I have photographed yet. However I think the top of my list would be one of the brilliantly coloured tropical tree frogs…a la National Geographic photos. Who knows that that will ever happen….as I live in Alberta, Canada….and there aren’t too many things “tropical” here.

  • TexasGramps

    This was a neat article, it got me thinking about what kinds of things I’d like to photograph.

    - A really good “freeze frame”. One where a drop of water is hitting a puddle and the splash and ripples are clearly seen or something similar.
    - A good black and white photo. Something where the picture is just “made for” display in black and white. I’m not sure what this would be exactly, maybe with a person in the shadows, or standing at a window…the closest I got was one of the first shots I took with my camera phone of my daughter and granddaughter together.
    - A woods/forest scene. Lots of shadows but also some light…maybe a sunbeam shining through the trees. Darker colors but not black and white.
    - A “story telling” scene. My brother has one of his daughter in her prom dress. She looks gorgeous but she has a scowl on her face that would knock you dead. The second part of that photo is a wider shot with her in her prom dress but she’s standing next to her boyfriend/date. The scowl is directed at him…in the photo, he’s staring directly at her boobs.
    - The “shot within a shot”. I’ve got one like this. I was at a family reunion. I got a picture of my older brother relaxing in a lounge chair on the patio as we were all watching the fireworks at a fourth of July display. When I got home and looked more closely at the photo, my niece and her boyfriend (same ones from the prom photo) are sitting on the porch steps, just behind my brother. The photo was taken just as they locked lips. It got a lot of mileage out of all of us about “who was supposed to be watching the kids that night?”
    - A really good “stormy weather” shot. Either lightning or a tornado or something else that captures the energy in a violent storm.

  • Simone

    My list is about the same as yours, but I also want a tilt-shift shot and an awesome train station shot high above to capture is beauty and architecture.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/joedsilva Joe D Silva

    There’s an overwhelming number of “lone tree” folks here ;)

    I too want to take a shot of a lone tree, preferably with nothing in the distant horizon… and the tree shouldn’t have any leaves

    This is the closest I’ve got so far, the tree is on the edge of a cliff, so there’s not much distraction in the background…

    http://picasaweb.google.com/joedsilva/MtDiabloHikeMitchellCanyonLoop20090726#5366289876241576002

    Of course now someone needs to pluck those leaves, and I didn’t had the SLR at that time .. ;)

    There’s also a flickr group for lone trees here …

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/lonetree/

  • http://davidmchenry.info David McHenry

    Excellent list, all photographers should definitely have similar shots taken during thier life span. I’ve accomplished a few like the wedding shot, and the jumping shot, oddly that was the same shot :D

    I do have a long expsoure waterfall as well which you can see here: http://apertureforums.com/gallery/landscape-photography/p1-golden-stream.html and I almost captured a lone tree shot, but it was the lone live tree surrounded by dead ones.

  • Nancy

    I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard that a lot of the bat and ball shots are achieved by gluing the ball to the bat before swinging it……………

  • http://birdmanphotoblog.blogspot.com/ michael

    Street Photography in the big cities of the world: Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, Mumbai, Rio, Mexico City.

  • http://www.pradi.net Pradi

    Here’s my list. Many of those topics are already covered in previous feedback on the article. Maybe not all of my wishes are purely technical related images, but are travel related as well. Few of them are already covered; if you click through to my blog, you can view this list with links. Anyhow, here it is:
    * NYC from upon a skyscraper, showing the yellow cabs in the streets
    * A small waterfall with long exposure to get the milky-ish effect
    * View of Rio de Janeiro from above with the Christ statue
    * Sunlight beams in a forest
    * Stonehenge
    * A Costa Rican frog, like the Red-eyed tree frog
    * White houses with a clear blue sky and sea on Santorini, Greece.
    * Nice and delicious food shot
    * Moroccan street market with the colored spices
    * Bee on flower
    * Old Italian villages, which are built on the rocks around the coast
    * Smoke
    * Petra, Jordan
    * Falling waterdrop
    * Ayers Rock, Australia (covered already)
    * Sydney’s Harbour Bridge (covered already)
    * African wildlife (covered already)
    * A reshoot of San Francisco’s bridge, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon with my DSLR to replace the ones I made 10 years ago my 2mp camera ;-)
    * Glamour shot
    * 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia (covered already)
    * Field of lavender in France
    * etc …

  • surfingjoe

    Wish list of photos’ to capture

    * Top tier landscape of a mountain scene (flowers in the foreground and a beautiful pristine lake surrounded by mountains
    * Pier Shot (pier disappearing into fog)
    * A rustic barn
    * Rustic old car or tractor against a backdrop of a beautiful forest or field
    * A portrait of someone that shouts emotion or beauty or life’s markings (most times the elderly, but perhaps a poor child)
    * Frame-able landscape from as many of our national parks as possible
    * An Arch from arches national park with the night sky (star trails & light painting the arch)
    * A canyon shot from Glenn’s canyon or Grand Canyon
    * Old bristle pine tree
    * Long exposure of waves, beach and rocks
    * Crystal clear water with rocks in the foreground, with breath taking mountains in the background
    * Frame-able flower shot with bouquet background
    * Very close macro of a bug with detail to where the beauty of nature can be drawn out from a common bug
    * A distinct self portrait
    * A hummingbird in flight (capturing the wings at a complete standstill)
    * Macro of an image refracting through a water droplet
    * Night shot with light trails (I’m thinking the windiest road or a highway curving into the distance)
    * Capture the innocence and beauty of a child
    * Dynamic contrast of color in fall leaves
    * I’d love to reproduce a Norman Rockwell painting as a photograph
    * A lone brightly colored boat in pristine blue water
    * An HDR that turns ordinary scene into fascinating photo
    * The innocence of a young animal playing
    * Foggy tree lined street
    * Long-exposure waterfall
    * A lone tree in a field

  • http://www.desertcrewphotography.com Liesa

    I love all these ideas….gets one thinking. I have a jumping shot which I have attached….it is my family so I did ask them to do it a few times but as often happens, the first one was the most honest!!! My panning shots are in the same place as yours…..

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  • JfP

    i have this forest near my house and in the fall ALL of the leaves turn a bright yellow and it just looks amazing…. now just to get a camera..sigh

  • http://zhibit.org/Photojoe Photojoe

    I have been to many places these past years and I want to go to the National Parks around the USA. I also want to photograph a Bald Eagle. I have come close but no winner yet. I will continue to go to National Wildlife refuges nseeking my Eagle… So much to do, so little time to do it all.
    Photojoe

  • http://bestslrcamera.org Debbie L

    I’ll give you my one. It’s the tradition Japanese style garden with one, flaming Japanese maple…near a pond…with koi… and maybe a japanese tea house…maybe some fog a sunset. But if I could get the tree… that would be the shot.

  • http://www.kgrafix.net Lynn Koellermeier

    Debbie, are you near San Francisco? Sounds like you are describing the Japanese Tea Gardens . . . .

  • http://www.kgrafix.net Lynn Koellermeier

    Forgot – there’s one in Portland too – at the Rose Gardens!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/arianasart/ Ariana Murphy

    I believe there is also a place like that at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. I’ve never been there, but I have seen photos. I’m hoping to visit there this year.

  • http://www.kgrafix.net Lynn Koellermeier

    I believe you are right – we went there on our honeymoon – many moons ago!

  • http://www.yourlume.com Andrew

    Hi Darren!!!

    I came across your site this morning, very cool.

    We are building a new brand up here in Portland around the idea of a Bucket List and the gear that goes along the adventures. If you have some free time, I would like to invite you to share some of your adventures with our community. You have done some cool things and they would make a nice addition.

    http://www.YourLUME.com

    Best,

    Andrew

  • http://electricfencetips.com/ electric fence pig

    You definitely positioned plenty of effort into that post and it’s exceptionally interesting to see the suggestion approach that you went through to come up with those assumption. Many thanks for that.

  • http://bestslrcamerareview.com/ BestSLRCameraReviews

    Taking a picture of a blue moon seems nice. :)

  • http://n/a Ben Mancino

    This is great post, I have always wanted to make a personal bucket list. I had made a list of all of the areas I wanted to photograph before I went to college. I want to travel to the rain forest, shoot in the coral reefs, and take some deep ocean photographs.

  • http://enthusiastphotographer.com/ Lee H.

    Hi – I recently published my own photography bucket list, but found yours when I decided to see what other lists looked like. Very interested to have one that is subject-based instead of location-based! I’ll have to turn my list on its side and see what shakes out – thanks!

    Lee…

    http://enthusiastphotographer.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/photography-bucket-list/

  • http://www.taracolburnphotography.com Tara

    I’d love to get an iconic B&W character portrait.

  • http://www.danspratt.co.uk Dan Spratt

    I have recently joined the forum and have just written my photography bucket list, I am checking them off as they go and then updating the post with images and descriptions.

    http://blog.danspratt.co.uk/2013/03/photography-bucket-list.html

Some older comments

  • Dan Spratt

    March 29, 2013 05:04 am

    I have recently joined the forum and have just written my photography bucket list, I am checking them off as they go and then updating the post with images and descriptions.

    http://blog.danspratt.co.uk/2013/03/photography-bucket-list.html

  • Tara

    January 2, 2012 05:28 am

    I'd love to get an iconic B&W character portrait.

  • Lee H.

    December 17, 2011 11:52 pm

    Hi - I recently published my own photography bucket list, but found yours when I decided to see what other lists looked like. Very interested to have one that is subject-based instead of location-based! I'll have to turn my list on its side and see what shakes out - thanks!

    Lee...

    http://enthusiastphotographer.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/photography-bucket-list/

  • Ben Mancino

    January 24, 2011 10:43 am

    This is great post, I have always wanted to make a personal bucket list. I had made a list of all of the areas I wanted to photograph before I went to college. I want to travel to the rain forest, shoot in the coral reefs, and take some deep ocean photographs.

  • BestSLRCameraReviews

    January 10, 2011 02:57 am

    Taking a picture of a blue moon seems nice. :)

  • electric fence pig

    October 28, 2010 12:30 am

    You definitely positioned plenty of effort into that post and it's exceptionally interesting to see the suggestion approach that you went through to come up with those assumption. Many thanks for that.

  • Andrew

    April 27, 2010 01:16 am

    Hi Darren!!!

    I came across your site this morning, very cool.

    We are building a new brand up here in Portland around the idea of a Bucket List and the gear that goes along the adventures. If you have some free time, I would like to invite you to share some of your adventures with our community. You have done some cool things and they would make a nice addition.

    www.YourLUME.com

    Best,

    Andrew

  • Lynn Koellermeier

    January 31, 2010 03:51 am

    I believe you are right - we went there on our honeymoon - many moons ago!

  • Ariana Murphy

    January 31, 2010 03:43 am

    I believe there is also a place like that at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. I've never been there, but I have seen photos. I'm hoping to visit there this year.

  • Lynn Koellermeier

    January 31, 2010 03:41 am

    Forgot - there's one in Portland too - at the Rose Gardens!

  • Lynn Koellermeier

    January 31, 2010 03:40 am

    Debbie, are you near San Francisco? Sounds like you are describing the Japanese Tea Gardens . . . .

  • Debbie L

    January 30, 2010 02:13 pm

    I'll give you my one. It's the tradition Japanese style garden with one, flaming Japanese maple...near a pond...with koi... and maybe a japanese tea house...maybe some fog a sunset. But if I could get the tree... that would be the shot.

  • Photojoe

    January 25, 2010 02:28 pm

    I have been to many places these past years and I want to go to the National Parks around the USA. I also want to photograph a Bald Eagle. I have come close but no winner yet. I will continue to go to National Wildlife refuges nseeking my Eagle... So much to do, so little time to do it all.
    Photojoe

  • JfP

    January 25, 2010 10:14 am

    i have this forest near my house and in the fall ALL of the leaves turn a bright yellow and it just looks amazing.... now just to get a camera..sigh

  • Liesa

    January 24, 2010 06:11 pm

    I love all these ideas....gets one thinking. I have a jumping shot which I have attached....it is my family so I did ask them to do it a few times but as often happens, the first one was the most honest!!! My panning shots are in the same place as yours.....

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2988247&l=54ff27047b&id=553562841' title='photo.php?pid=2988247&l=54ff27047b&id=553562841']

  • surfingjoe

    January 24, 2010 10:27 am

    Wish list of photos' to capture

    * Top tier landscape of a mountain scene (flowers in the foreground and a beautiful pristine lake surrounded by mountains
    * Pier Shot (pier disappearing into fog)
    * A rustic barn
    * Rustic old car or tractor against a backdrop of a beautiful forest or field
    * A portrait of someone that shouts emotion or beauty or life's markings (most times the elderly, but perhaps a poor child)
    * Frame-able landscape from as many of our national parks as possible
    * An Arch from arches national park with the night sky (star trails & light painting the arch)
    * A canyon shot from Glenn's canyon or Grand Canyon
    * Old bristle pine tree
    * Long exposure of waves, beach and rocks
    * Crystal clear water with rocks in the foreground, with breath taking mountains in the background
    * Frame-able flower shot with bouquet background
    * Very close macro of a bug with detail to where the beauty of nature can be drawn out from a common bug
    * A distinct self portrait
    * A hummingbird in flight (capturing the wings at a complete standstill)
    * Macro of an image refracting through a water droplet
    * Night shot with light trails (I'm thinking the windiest road or a highway curving into the distance)
    * Capture the innocence and beauty of a child
    * Dynamic contrast of color in fall leaves
    * I'd love to reproduce a Norman Rockwell painting as a photograph
    * A lone brightly colored boat in pristine blue water
    * An HDR that turns ordinary scene into fascinating photo
    * The innocence of a young animal playing
    * Foggy tree lined street
    * Long-exposure waterfall
    * A lone tree in a field

  • Pradi

    January 24, 2010 02:13 am

    Here's my list. Many of those topics are already covered in previous feedback on the article. Maybe not all of my wishes are purely technical related images, but are travel related as well. Few of them are already covered; if you click through to my blog, you can view this list with links. Anyhow, here it is:
    * NYC from upon a skyscraper, showing the yellow cabs in the streets
    * A small waterfall with long exposure to get the milky-ish effect
    * View of Rio de Janeiro from above with the Christ statue
    * Sunlight beams in a forest
    * Stonehenge
    * A Costa Rican frog, like the Red-eyed tree frog
    * White houses with a clear blue sky and sea on Santorini, Greece.
    * Nice and delicious food shot
    * Moroccan street market with the colored spices
    * Bee on flower
    * Old Italian villages, which are built on the rocks around the coast
    * Smoke
    * Petra, Jordan
    * Falling waterdrop
    * Ayers Rock, Australia (covered already)
    * Sydney's Harbour Bridge (covered already)
    * African wildlife (covered already)
    * A reshoot of San Francisco's bridge, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon with my DSLR to replace the ones I made 10 years ago my 2mp camera ;-)
    * Glamour shot
    * 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia (covered already)
    * Field of lavender in France
    * etc ...

  • michael

    January 24, 2010 12:41 am

    Street Photography in the big cities of the world: Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, Mumbai, Rio, Mexico City.

  • Nancy

    January 23, 2010 01:10 pm

    I haven't tried it, but I've heard that a lot of the bat and ball shots are achieved by gluing the ball to the bat before swinging it...............

  • David McHenry

    January 23, 2010 12:46 pm

    Excellent list, all photographers should definitely have similar shots taken during thier life span. I've accomplished a few like the wedding shot, and the jumping shot, oddly that was the same shot :D

    I do have a long expsoure waterfall as well which you can see here: http://apertureforums.com/gallery/landscape-photography/p1-golden-stream.html and I almost captured a lone tree shot, but it was the lone live tree surrounded by dead ones.

  • Joe D Silva

    January 23, 2010 07:52 am

    There's an overwhelming number of "lone tree" folks here ;)

    I too want to take a shot of a lone tree, preferably with nothing in the distant horizon... and the tree shouldn't have any leaves

    This is the closest I've got so far, the tree is on the edge of a cliff, so there's not much distraction in the background...

    http://picasaweb.google.com/joedsilva/MtDiabloHikeMitchellCanyonLoop20090726#5366289876241576002

    Of course now someone needs to pluck those leaves, and I didn't had the SLR at that time .. ;)

    There's also a flickr group for lone trees here ...

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/lonetree/

  • Simone

    January 23, 2010 02:56 am

    My list is about the same as yours, but I also want a tilt-shift shot and an awesome train station shot high above to capture is beauty and architecture.

  • TexasGramps

    January 23, 2010 02:13 am

    This was a neat article, it got me thinking about what kinds of things I’d like to photograph.

    - A really good “freeze frame”. One where a drop of water is hitting a puddle and the splash and ripples are clearly seen or something similar.
    - A good black and white photo. Something where the picture is just “made for” display in black and white. I’m not sure what this would be exactly, maybe with a person in the shadows, or standing at a window…the closest I got was one of the first shots I took with my camera phone of my daughter and granddaughter together.
    - A woods/forest scene. Lots of shadows but also some light…maybe a sunbeam shining through the trees. Darker colors but not black and white.
    - A “story telling” scene. My brother has one of his daughter in her prom dress. She looks gorgeous but she has a scowl on her face that would knock you dead. The second part of that photo is a wider shot with her in her prom dress but she’s standing next to her boyfriend/date. The scowl is directed at him…in the photo, he’s staring directly at her boobs.
    - The “shot within a shot”. I’ve got one like this. I was at a family reunion. I got a picture of my older brother relaxing in a lounge chair on the patio as we were all watching the fireworks at a fourth of July display. When I got home and looked more closely at the photo, my niece and her boyfriend (same ones from the prom photo) are sitting on the porch steps, just behind my brother. The photo was taken just as they locked lips. It got a lot of mileage out of all of us about “who was supposed to be watching the kids that night?”
    - A really good “stormy weather” shot. Either lightning or a tornado or something else that captures the energy in a violent storm.

  • Allison

    January 23, 2010 01:21 am

    My list will be pretty long as there isn't much I have photographed yet. However I think the top of my list would be one of the brilliantly coloured tropical tree frogs...a la National Geographic photos. Who knows that that will ever happen....as I live in Alberta, Canada....and there aren't too many things "tropical" here.

  • Sonofagunner

    January 23, 2010 01:06 am

    Sunrise and Sunset on a beach and the insant a bat hits the ball are on my list. I would have to add catching the beam of light from a lighthouse, the instant a receiver catches a football (preferably a touchcown), winter morning frost. I have also attempted the shot looking up to the sky in a grove of tall trees.

  • Jay

    January 22, 2010 11:57 pm

    Please don't judge me too harshly but I have done most of the shots mentioned. Sunrises, sunsets, long exposure water, panned movement, marco insects and flowers. I don't like portraits so I shy away from them. My favorite shots are news making shots. I took a series of a lumber yard fire near my own house and when I look back at them, the drama and beauty of the fire gets me everytime. The look of the fireman and the way their arms are pointing for water lines to be laid and where to hit the fire adds life to shots. I have one where I was lucky enough to snap just as the fire melted the lines to the oil filled electric transformer and it exploded.
    I took another series of a vehicle accident I came upon. Again the true drama of life and capturing that moment. You can't stage them, you can't or shouldn't photoshop them. It's freezing life for that single moment.
    Now the arguement has always been at what point should you be a bystander or should you engage to help. I have not had to make that call yet, I have gotten there after emergency crews were on the scene so I was not needed.
    I do enjoy photojournalism and I understand that when that camera is in front of your face, you are only thinking about the shot but I struggle with the photographer that snaps a shot where they should have helped.

  • Kristen

    January 22, 2010 11:28 pm

    I have quite the list.....

    Sunrise Over Water
    Lightning Storm Shot
    Sunset at beach
    *Under the pier
    *Foggy Tree-Line
    *Long Exposure waterfall (Doing this spring!)
    *A tree alone in a field/foggy/sunset
    *a great wedding photo
    *a group jumping
    *silhouette of a couple kissing
    *baby detail photo
    *each continent
    *marco of snowflake
    *a rainbow
    *Street photography
    *eclipse
    *bee on flower
    *fireworks
    *water droplet
    *beam of sunlight through clouds
    *panorama shot
    *high fashion shot
    *model shot
    *plane flying through moon
    *moon rise at beach
    *funny kid shot
    *Black&White photos of happy random people
    *looking from inside a waterfall
    *child encoutering something new
    *"antique photos" old stuff
    *each 7 wonders
    *grand canyons
    *paris
    *rome
    *greece
    *london
    *australia
    *iceland
    *sun breaking through trees
    *ferris wheel shot
    *amusement park on pier
    *close up cat
    *sunset/sunrise in India

  • Stef

    January 22, 2010 08:04 pm

    Hmm...
    1) Clear clean shot of gibbous moon (I've been struggling with this one with limited equipment)
    2) A riot (it's not a love of violence, just normal in this country, and daring shots are highly prized on a personal level. Theres a local guy that specialises in it, which inspired me). My first reportive 'riot' shot was unexpected. And terrible when produced, but I'm still fond of it for the sense of daring that I remember. Being able to run is important!
    3) A London street, the right place, the right time.
    4) The 'Haunting' Shot. That picture you wished you had the nerve to just shoot. I regret the day I passed a high street shop to find an attractive young assistant standing among the display manequins. She was daydreaming, as if tired and hoping for something better to happen in life. I was street-shooting and had a camera around my neck, but lost the nerve. I also only had a 50mm prime on the camera and no doubt if I had the vantage point to take the shot it would have been spoiled by her noticing me.
    5) A 'big dog' portait. Preferably of an Irish Wolfhound. Beautiful yet fearsome looking, but loyal in the eyes.
    6) The laughter shot. Tricky indeed, but sincere laughter is like forgetting the camera is there, pulling you in to the throe of companionship. In essence, it's trust.

  • JanN

    January 22, 2010 06:31 pm

    1. Shaped bokeh.
    2. long exposure waterfall - just got a brand new tripod. Can't wait to head outdoors.. :)
    3. wedding photo.

  • Lynn Koellermeier

    January 22, 2010 12:50 pm

    I've been thinking of my bucket lately, too. I've had an urgency to take a great shot of Mt Diablo, which is in the Diablo range, and surrounds the place I live. Many people come here to take pictures, and hike it, but it never inspired me until lately. Recently, we had unexpected snow, (haven't had that kind of snow for 70 years), so I took the day and traveled around getting pictures. Still not sure if I have the best ever, but I'm feeling closer.
    I've also had a desire to get a great shot of an ocean wave - something transparent and wonderful. Last week, my daughter and I went to take pictures of the big waves on the CA coast - and One of the pictures included such a wave. I feel better about that one, too. I also want to get the perfect pet photo - more than one - in motion. I want to take a picture of my dog, hanging out the window with her fur flying in the breeze - while wearing her pink sunglasses! And, yes, the baby picture like you mentioned. My other daughter will be having a baby in June, so I"m counting on the opportunity. . of course, everytime I see an exhibit, I get new ideas! Isn't it fun?

  • memmett

    January 22, 2010 12:19 pm

    Definitely a rainbow where I get it all right. I tried this and messed up and now know what to do next time - I'm just waiting....

    Another one I really want is a good picture (suitable for framing and that captures our personalities) of me and my husband. But, since I'm the photographer of the family, I'm not sure how this one will happen.

    Panning - I've come close, but haven't hit the mark yet!

  • Stephanie Motz

    January 22, 2010 09:57 am

    Another great list to make would be a list of shots you have taken that you are really proud of. Proud enough to submit for a competition, proud enough to hang on your wall, or proud enough to try selling it.

  • Dave Madsen

    January 22, 2010 09:07 am

    Darren,
    I don't know if you will ever get the photo stuff down, but your writing is excellent. While I enjoy photos, I probably put more emphasis on prose.

  • Rina Minca

    January 22, 2010 08:50 am

    I'd love to take:
    1. a picture of a squirrel stretching - I've seen it, but unfortunately didn't have my camera on me at the time
    2. a squirrel lounging - again, seen it, but didn't have the camera.
    (Squirrels, by the way, are animals with so much personality, I find them histerical. I live in a place that has tons, and I mean tons, of squirrels, it's even named after it)
    3. Sunrise/sunset over water - know of a place, just have to get htere someday
    4. crashing waves between two boulders or cliffs, from the top
    5. crashing waves on the beach
    6. boats, mostly sailboats, on a calm river, with no distractions on the sides
    7. bridges
    There are more, just can't think of them! I got some ideas from others' posts - thanx

  • Julian

    January 22, 2010 08:35 am

    The main item on my bucket list is to have my photography work published. I have taken lots of photographs of all different subjects (and I am still adding new photographs every week) so a selection of those in a book would give me great satisfaction.

  • harmony

    January 22, 2010 07:35 am

    I think the one thing/ event that would be the crown jewel of my portfolio would be the aurora borealis in Alaska. It is also the one that I would have to travel the furthest for...

  • craig

    January 22, 2010 06:58 am

    1. A gritty B&W sot of a live punk band(from stage right)
    2. An old head (tilted) in and over grown graveyard with old gnarled trees in the fog
    3. That foggy tree lined street.
    4. A great macro of a bee (or dragonfly) in flight

  • Che

    January 22, 2010 06:40 am

    Excellent idea. I'll have to take some time to draw up my own list, but it'll certainly have many of what's already been noted.

    I have been able to cross off two in recent months though.

    Baby Details

    Lone Tree in a Field (of water)

  • Che

    January 22, 2010 06:36 am

    Excellent idea. I'll have to take some time to draw up my own list, but it'll certainly have many of what's already been noted.

    I have been able to cross off two in recent months though.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnche/4293162711/' title='Trapped & Alone' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4293162711_72052bc31e.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnche/3942361296/' title='Baby Toes' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2424/3942361296_516783786d.jpg']

  • Bruce Robbins

    January 22, 2010 06:36 am

    Brilliant idea! I'm off to make my own list - starting with capturing the winning goal in a cup final.

  • Retief de Villiers

    January 22, 2010 06:18 am

    I live in Strand, about 40km east of central Cape Town on the False Bay coast and it is an absolute perfect place to capture a sunset on the beach! The sunset takes place over the Cape peninsula mountains (which includes Table Mountain) on the other side of False Bay.
    Just one example: http://retiefdevilliers.fotopic.net/p2459603.html

  • robin

    January 22, 2010 06:00 am

    Now you have me thinking. Here is my list
    1. old churches-the ones with stain glass windows
    2. old cars from the 50's
    3. the moon touching the water at night at the beach
    4. my husband's new Harley at the beach at sunset(may get this one done this week)
    5.castles in Europe and Germany
    6. star trails never can stay up late enough
    7. bears catching salmon
    8. glaciers
    9. the grand canyon
    The great thing is you can always add to your list as you go.

  • bianca canon 500d

    January 22, 2010 05:53 am

    This was taken at Bouma falls on the 'garden island of Fiji' called Taveuni. There are 3 waterfalls, all within quite a hike from eachother. It was so worth it though and we were completely alone to enjoy its magnificence.
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=2520922&op=1&o=global&view=global&subj=785677783&id=785677783

  • Ricky

    January 22, 2010 05:49 am

    Besides everything listed in the article (because even if you have something checked off on that list you can always improve and get a better shot) I want to get a night time pan shot of the NYC skyline. Get a better shot of lightening that I have already, Pans of my favorite sports arenas to hang on my walls. Any maybe a few small things here and there.

  • Kris Haver

    January 22, 2010 05:47 am

    I know where you can find that lone tree in a field. It's on some farm land I own in southwest Iowa. Unfortunately, I don't have a shot of it because I haven't lived in Iowa since 1989, but if you're ever interested in venturing that direction, I'd be happy to tell you how to get there!

    As for baseball, try the Reading Phillies if you're anywhere close to PA. Of course, I'm biased since I work for them, but we had a winning season last season, and we have the up and coming Phillies players. You can get some great shots here.

  • JGZ

    January 22, 2010 05:24 am

    1. Long exposure lighthouse
    2. Sunrise in dessert
    3. Leaping Frog

    Got this sunset pic while playing with camera settings on a beginners course assignment

    [eimg url='http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XBGK6GuPR62jalGV7Tcp2g?authkey=Gv1sRgCNKv6NzP2JmA0QE&feat=directlink' title='XBGK6GuPR62jalGV7Tcp2g?authkey=Gv1sRgCNKv6NzP2JmA0QE&feat=directlink']

  • Angie

    January 22, 2010 05:24 am

    What a fun post! I'm such an amateur... but I have one on you. I have the sunset at the beach and under the pier shots. But what I really want to take are good people portraits. Although, I'd say a foggy road or railroad is near the top of the list too. And, forget the sunrise... I try not to ever see them! If I could just get good at indoor shots of people, especially wedding photos, I'd be happy. My indoor shots stink!

  • Bill Stodolny

    January 22, 2010 04:59 am

    I thought I was the only one looking for that lone tree in a field

  • Ariana Murphy

    January 22, 2010 04:37 am

    What a great idea! I love lists. They help me to stay focused. (No pun intended.)

    A closeup of a cardinal in a snow-covered pine

    A dog playing in the water at the beach

    The wonder on a small child's face when encountering something new

    A really good shot of a chickadee (those little guys are so darn quick!)

    Portraits of family that really show their personality

    Alberta's Rocky Mountains on a sunny day (my previous series were shot under an overcast sky - lots of contrast and cool sky effects, not much colour) www.arianasart.com

    More wild animals

  • Marylin

    January 21, 2010 11:37 pm

    Oh I love this idea!
    Now I've got to get thinking. :)

  • Manfred.K.

    January 21, 2010 10:52 pm

    My list looks like that

    1; some graveyard photos in black/white ( we have one form the 15th century here in town )
    2; Portrait series of my friends
    3; firework
    4; streetphotos of london (will be there at end of april )
    5; one photo from thunderstorm with bolts
    6; a HDR shoot converted in black/white from my city at night

  • Joe D'Silva

    January 21, 2010 03:53 pm

    I agree winter is a good time to shoot water falls ... here's one I got from my visit to Triple falls in NC just after Christmas ..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46645318@N02/4284574096/

  • Jesse Kaufman

    January 21, 2010 03:01 pm

    This article brought back an idea i'd been kicking around for a while ... i wanted a picture that put some piece of technology into a scene that was very natural/rustic/old/etc to get the stark contrast between the new/old, natural/man-made ... finally got around to taking it tonight even! :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/glandix/4291219969/

    my MacBook Pro sitting in my back yard against a makeshift barbed wire fence from who knows how long ago with an old grain elevator/mill in the background :) (of course, the wallpaper seen in the above photograph is one i took myself too lol)

  • Jesse Kaufman

    January 21, 2010 02:56 pm

    @bianca

    > 5 From inside a waterfall, looking at the curtain of water and light filtering through

    ooo, that IS a cool idea!

    > 6 First snow flakes on my face (i havn't seen/felt snow yet;)

    wow! i can't imagine never seeing/feeling snow in person ... especially as we usually swear at it and wish it would go away here haha

  • Soundra Beamon

    January 21, 2010 02:40 pm

    @Karen Stubeing: best not to say you want to document poverty. Instead, tell the folks you want to photograph them because they have interesting faces that tell a story. That way, you open a door without causing offense.

  • Soundra Beamon

    January 21, 2010 02:38 pm

    @Sarah: when you visit NC, travel Hiway 64 in Southwestern part of the state. Great falls on the route, including Dry Falls and Cullaseja Falls. Also, you will be within driving distance of the Bald River Falls in TN, via the Cherohala Skyway. Beautiful scenery and photo-worthy falls too!

  • Bianca canon 500D

    January 21, 2010 01:57 pm

    Photo bucket list

    1 Looking up from the bottom of a pool, at rain drops hitting the surface of the water
    2 Wedding photo of the perfect exchanged look between a couple
    3 Me in full bloom pregnancy
    4 Someone snoozing under a huge ancient tree
    5 From inside a waterfall, looking at the curtain of water and light filtering through
    6 First snow flakes on my face (i havn't seen/felt snow yet;)
    7 My family
    8 Flowers- good enough to frame and put on my wall
    9 Early morning calm on the beach
    10 Dad and son embracing after/before a wedding
    Storm clouds approaching

  • Yvonne Moss

    January 21, 2010 01:24 pm

    my bucket list...
    1. a maternity couple looking romantic, yet elegant, sexy but not trashy.
    2. trash the dress shot that is creative and fun.
    3. great beach scene.
    4. not so typical kid shot
    5. food, made to look delicious
    6. kid and food combined to look endearing
    7. a great pic of one of my sons who HATES his pic taken and he is beautiful.
    8. a photo to show forgiveness.
    9. contrast black and white in a people shot to show God's pleasure
    10. a good self portrait.

  • allison

    January 21, 2010 07:17 am

    Salar de Uyuni.
    at sunset.
    (inspiration here: http://tunari.tripod.com/landscapes.html )

  • Jim Buckley

    January 21, 2010 07:03 am

    Bat on ball shot. You must not go to KC Royals game because very seldom do they put the bat on the ball.

  • Henk

    January 21, 2010 06:52 am

    * side shot of the light shining from a trafficlight in a foggy night... each colour, and possibly a time shot showing all three coloured light cones

    * time shot of the clsing booms of a railway crossing at night....
    ... I've actually been lookintg for a suitable railwaycrossing.... and a kind soul saw me longingly looking and came over to me that she wasn't worth it....

    * a teleshot of a plane flying through the moon...

    *really long timeshot of an airport at night... from a distance... just to see the lights flow in....

    (lot of night shots I'm discovering...)

    * a teleshot of a moonrise beind a windmill... or castle... or church tower...

    * crescent moon behind the cross on top of a church... (I just like the symbolism in there)

  • Jesse Kaufman

    January 21, 2010 04:32 am

    @Karen aaah i see what you mean ... it reminds me of a scene from the movie "Strange Brew" ... they're filming a "movie" and the guy behind the camera says "Psssst! ACT!" lol ... that's why i prefer completely candid shots where they don't even know i'm taking the shot ... but i could easily see that causing some issues with someone happy to wave a gun at ya ;) haha ...

    granted, i'm very much of an introverted person, so approaching random people asking to take pictures isn't the easiest thing for me to do!!! i've been working my way up to it by taking shots at the local bar where people seem to be MORE than happy to have their picture taken (hahaha) ... apparently some of the people this past weekend thought i was with the newspaper and requested their pictures be on the front page of the next issue ... i promised them facebook/flickr exposure, but that's all i got lol

  • kKaren Stuebing

    January 21, 2010 04:09 am

    Sarah, buy a camera bag. You can get a backpack type that swings around to the front. I bought a cheapo at Walmart and I just put the shoulder strap around my neck and the bag to my back and it works just like the expensive ones for hiking. As for the tripod, I carry it with me to shoot the waterfalls and then hide it somewhere along the trail so I don't have to carry it the whole time.

    Jesse, I can talk. That's not the problem. I'll just get the stone stares. It hasn't stopped me yet. I had a man waving a gun at me once when I shot a No Trespassing sign that said "Protected by Smith and Wesson" and yes I photographed him too. We ended up having a cordial conversation and he told me to put it on the internet because he meant it and wanted people to know.

    If you click on my name, it will take you to my Daily Shoot Blog, I just started the Daily Shoot and yesterday was Modes of Transportation. Take a look at that photo and you'll see what I'm up against. :)

    But that is my to do for 2010 and I will do it.

  • Jesse Kaufman

    January 21, 2010 02:35 am

    @sarah best thing i ever did for feeling secure with carrying around my camera (and not having it around my neck) was invest in a wrist strap ... now, it's feels more like my camera is just an extension of my hand instead of something to hold onto! works great even in crowded bars when i may or may not have had a few too many pints of Guinness! ;)

    and if you don't already, get a bag for your tripod ... i bought a cheap one years ago from walmart that came with a bag and, fortunately, when i got a much nicer one for christmas, it fit in the same bag ... it's cheap and NOTHING fancy by any means, but i can just throw it over my shoulder and go :)

    @Karen Stuebing that DOES sound like a very interesting project ... here in the middle o' kansas, i've seen a lot of rural poverty, but i'd struggle with how to approach someone, too ... you don't really want to lie to them, but you don't want to offend them, either ... i've always been interested in doing some shots of the homeless around Wichita, KS, but I run into the same situation with that :S

  • Sarah

    January 21, 2010 02:26 am

    Oh great, another list I'm going to feel compelled to make! :) No seriously, great idea & thanks for sharing. Many of mine are also on your list. My problem is I'm really not comfortable with my tripod. I guess it's just carrying something else around combined with always being a klutz and terrified that if my camera is not around my neck it will be knocked over & broken. I need to practice with it though. We're supposed to go to NC in May, I really want some slow shutter speed waterfall photos that I did myself.

  • Linda Vich

    January 21, 2010 02:11 am

    What a great idea for a blog article! I would love to be able to get a shot of a red barn on a blue sky morning that is thick with hoar frost. I would also love to be able to go somewhere that has a pier so I can get that kind of shot!

  • Karen Stuebing

    January 21, 2010 02:10 am

    I don't have a list per se. I have more of a photojournalistic bent. I'd like to do some night time street photography without accidentally capturing a drug deal and having my camera smashed over my head.

    I have one project in mind. It is a very run down trailer park and I want to shoot it and the people living there. Problem is how to approach it. "Hi, I'd like to document your lifestyle with my camera." Yeh, that'll work.

    I think if I just tell them the truth..that I want to document rural poverty and that I believe everyone has a right to live the way they want and no, they don't need crusaders descending on them to "save them," that might work.

    But it's a long speech and I wonder if I'd get through it before the pit bull chews my leg off.

    Some mentioned a macro of a praying mantis. I have one. It scares me.

  • Brian

    January 21, 2010 12:36 am

    A self-portrait I can look at.

  • Usman

    January 21, 2010 12:11 am

    I don't really have a bucket of photography list, after reading yours seems lot of my pic resembles to your thought.

    Mine i can say photo journey. Let me list some which i need to try

    - Early morning dew drop from leaf - tried only once , need to do still better.[eimg url='http://www.digitallydevoted.com/photo/dew-drops-1?context=user' title='dew-drops-1?context=user']
    - Long exposure on water fall / stream in dense forest with includes a color of crops/trees/flowers over all a scenery shot.
    - Wedding photography with humour which will recapture the happiest moment of life.
    - Model photography
    - documentaries on street life (B/W)

  • Jason

    January 20, 2010 11:51 pm

    I had a list but haven't looked at in a while -- until just now (and I've actually gotten some of the items on that list, woohoo!). Now I have a bunch of new things I'd like to add based on what has been mentioned here. Thanks everyone.

  • Shaun F.

    January 20, 2010 08:32 pm

    I'd never thought about this to be honest, but I think its a great idea. Everyone must have some shots they always wanted to do but couldn't for some reason or another. Off the top of my head mine are:

    - A real macro of any insect, something full of detail
    - A savannah shot of a cheetah or a leopard
    - A waterfall long-exposure (should have one in April!)
    - A model shot

  • barbara

    January 20, 2010 06:30 pm

    What a great idea - my list
    1. A perfect dew covered spider web
    2. An old barn, early morning, fog
    3. A portrait of someone famous (or nearly famous...)
    4. A great Fireworks shot
    5. Anything in the Greek Islands
    6. A "freeze-frame" of a dog shaking off water
    7. A monochrome shot - an old broken down car, a glamourous model, a cigarette
    8. A dolphin dancing on its tail

  • ACagedBirdSings

    January 20, 2010 06:02 pm

    How many pictures of long-exposure waterfalls does humanity need???

  • Sime

    January 20, 2010 05:52 pm

    I want to photograph Jeff Buckley... I think I'm going to have to go a lot further than Cali to find him...

    sime

  • Chelsea (CLR Photography)

    January 20, 2010 02:03 pm

    1. Water droplet
    2. Smoke photograph –
    3. Long-exposure waterfall
    4. international
    5.cross country- might be able to if aunt sells house in CA, going all the way to NH.
    6. wedding shot.- got 2 this yr to do.
    7. great portrait
    8 get some good self portraits would be nice.

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/my-photography-bucket-list#ixzz0d7bcq9yT

  • Kat

    January 20, 2010 01:29 pm

    Some of these are on my list too, while some of them I've already done. :)

    I'd love to take a shot of the moon, as so far, the equipment I have isn't up to the task just yet.

  • oliverignacio

    January 20, 2010 01:18 pm

    Here's mine: =)

    1. Water droplet - the droplet is in the middle of a perfect crown
    2. Smoke photograph - i'll try this weekend
    3. Star trail
    4. Lightning (with a good foreground of course)
    5. Fireworks over a city
    6. Long-exposure waterfall
    7. Panning
    8. Zoom effect - although, I can do this via PS, it doesn't beat the real thing (on cam zoom effect)
    9. Nude photography - with a great artistic lightning!
    10. Beam of sun falling in Antelope Canyon
    11. Photoboothguy's "The Color of Sound"
    12. Pano shot - and then print and frame it

  • Nick Montez

    January 20, 2010 12:41 pm

    You could go to Hawaii and get a get the sunrise and sunset over the ocean in one day

  • Brian_Cooney

    January 20, 2010 12:25 pm

    Jennifer,

    For the falls pic... you might want to try early in the morning. Yeah, I hate getting up early too, but two things:

    1: less light = longer exposure
    2: Everybody else hates getting up early, so you might not have to fight for space as much.

    I got some good falls pics when on my honeymoon..... Ill post them to my blog sometime for you to check out.

  • Mei Teng

    January 20, 2010 11:07 am

    I would like to photograph sunrise (or sunset) which I have yet to successfully master. Oh and the long exposure waterfall too. Thanks for sharing your list.

  • slashfoo

    January 20, 2010 10:44 am

    * A horizontal jet of water in the air
    * a drop on a pool showing ripples
    * an eclipse shot
    * a girl brushing her hair naturally in a balcony
    * a group jump shot
    * a pet/animal running caught mid air
    * a lightning over a city
    * a sneeze expression (preferably on a baby)
    * a cool picture of myself practicing martial arts (I'd ask someone else to take this one)
    * droplets of dew on leafs and/or flower
    * a shot of a colibri/hummingbird in flight
    * a shot of a bee on a flower
    * a picture of smoke coming from a cigarette on a lone table on a pub

    I have A LOT of things on my list, and by A LOT I mean a LOT :P and every single day I take one of the pictures I had on my bucket list I write down two I'd like to take :(

  • Chelsea (CLR Photography)

    January 20, 2010 09:57 am

    i've done the couple kissing silhouette. and the sunset on beach.

  • LisaNewton

    January 20, 2010 09:33 am

    What a great list. Most of these are on mine, too, although my sunset shot isn't right on the beach, you can see it in the background.

    @Rick I'm not sure Oregon beats the CA beaches, but the waterfalls are the best I've seen.

  • D. Travis North

    January 20, 2010 09:31 am

    My bucket List:

    - Tree in fog
    - Macro shot of a Snowflake
    - Macro Shot of a Praying Mantis
    - A Rainbow in a good landscape
    - Giant Redwood Trees
    - Ululu (Air's Rock), Australia
    - Stonehenge (Foggy preferred)
    - Street Photography in Paris
    - Street Photography in London

  • Bjorn

    January 20, 2010 09:00 am

    Interesting concept.

    I don't have a list like some of you do though. I want to take photos that move me. And hopefully some of the people that see them. And that I want to hang on my own walls. (Repeat for: Digital. 35mm. Holga.)

    Perhaps that doesn't sound very ambitious, but I'm a pretty harsh critic of my own work :)

  • Rick

    January 20, 2010 08:47 am

    You can do all of that stuff here in Oregon. The coastline alone beats the pants off of anything California has to offer. And waterfalls? We got 'em, just off the freeway, a mere 30 minute drive from downtown Portland. The best time to shoot those and get long exposure shots is early morning, but of course you already addressed that time for you. Even our most visited waterfall, Multnomah, is very nearly empty at sunrise.

  • Tim

    January 20, 2010 08:38 am

    Long exposure of the northern sky at night with the stars spinning around the North Star. Even better if I can get something interesting in the foreground -- maybe a little light painting even.

  • winclk

    January 20, 2010 08:31 am

    Jennifer your list sounds like my list. i'm just trying to capture a photo i would want to print out and hang up. so far nothing.

  • Amie aka MammaLoves

    January 20, 2010 08:20 am

    Those under the pier shots would be fun. We don't have those kind of piers on the beaches I frequent.

    I hit the mother lode with my bucket list last year. I got to photograph a birth. It was incredible.

  • Rob

    January 20, 2010 07:43 am

    1 - Each continent

    2 - Yosemite good enough that I want to frame it

    3 - Golden Gate Bridge good enough to frame

    4 - The Khyber Pass (doing this next year)

    5 - an really good portrait

    6- a high fashion shoot

    7 - the Great Wall of China

    8 - an artistic nude

    9 - A Whale

    10 - lightening

  • Miguel Carvajal

    January 20, 2010 07:33 am

    Great list! As for me, after seeing many great photos showing the character of elderly people (especially photo sin black & white), it has been a dream of mine to one day walk over to the nearest elderly person and ask for permission to take their photo.

  • Sarah F

    January 20, 2010 07:25 am

    One of the shots that I really want is of a barn at the edge of a field surrounded by fog. I've seen it in real life plenty of times- even have the barn/ field combo picked out that I want to shoot. I just never seem to have my camera on the days that have the right amount of fog. But then, I tried taking this shot once and the fog didn't show up in the picture. The light was so perfect but I couldn't capture it with my camera. I have a lot to learn before I can get this picture!

    You mention the tripod and people at the waterfall. I have this problem a lot- not with my tripod, but I often am too worried to take a picture because I don't want to bother someone, or am concerned they will get mad, etc. There is a beautiful picture waiting to happen on my way home from work- of someone's barn (I have a thing for barns) and rusted horse trailers- but I never have the guts to stop and shoot. I wouldn't have to go on their property, so I guess it is legal- like they would care anyway?!?- but I still worry. Maybe today will be my day... we'll see.

  • Darren

    January 20, 2010 07:20 am

    my beach sunset image, Santa Monica Beach, California.

    http://www.darrenbridgesphotography.com/c/darren_bridges/img-show/I0000Yvsp7rfutvA

  • Matias Singers

    January 20, 2010 06:57 am

    A great list and some of those are definitely on my list too. There is one shot that always amazes me and that the long shutter time + highway/street shots. I just think they are amazing, but I'm still looking for the perfect location to do this.
    I really like doing Bucket Lists for life and things you want to do before you ..

  • Greg Taylor

    January 20, 2010 06:56 am

    The one photograph that is in my mind that I've been trying to capture for years I refer to as "Splintered Sunlight." The sunlight breaking through a dense forest of pines. That's the shot that has been eluding me forever.

    Interesting topic and definitely good food for thought.

  • tony

    January 20, 2010 06:41 am

    Mine:

    A Playboy-esque series of 25 year old women. After all, I grew up looking at those photos!

  • Doug S

    January 20, 2010 06:40 am

    @Long-exposure waterfall - winter & cold weather are great times to avoid the crowds.

  • Jesse Kaufman

    January 20, 2010 06:19 am

    For sunset at the beach, i highly recommend florida! you get some amazing cloud formations in the evening and sometimes (if you're lucky) can even capture a sunset, beach, amazing clouds AND lightening! http://www.flickr.com/photos/glandix/3970399651/in/set-72157622442315510/

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