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Include your vehicle

Take pictures that show how you got around.


You can't park them much closer than this. Vehicles on Costa Rica's Puntarenes ferryboat are crammed together to make the best use of limited space.
You can't park them much closer than this. Vehicles on Costa Rica's Puntarenes ferryboat are crammed together to make the best use of limited space.

Almost everyone who views your travel photos will be interested in the kinds of vehicles you used to get around, especially if they are different from those at home. Don't disappoint them. Be sure to take photographs of the huge cruise ship or luxury bus you rode in, and the small tricycle taxi or rickshaw that took you from your hotel to dine or to shop.


Some means of transportation, like gondolas in Venice or jeepneys in the Philippines, are unique to a place and identify your location simply by including them in a picture.

Others should be included because they were part of the adventure of your trip - a helicopter, for instance, or a horse-drawn caleche in which you were wrapped in buffalo robes to keep you warm while visiting Quebec City's famous Winter Carnival. A kayak, speedboat, motorcycle, even a bicycle are vehicles that might fall into this category.

No two jeepneys look the same. They are probably the world's most-decorated vehicle. Great work-horses and tremendously versatile, they are a national symbol of the Philippines.
No two jeepneys look the same. They are probably the world's most-decorated vehicle. Great work-horses and tremendously versatile, they are a national symbol of the Philippines.

A buggy ride in the old quarter of a city is always worth photographing.
A buggy ride in the old quarter of a city is always worth photographing.

Be sure to take pictures from your vehicle, too. Sometimes including part of the rig in your picture, like the horse's ears or the pilot's expression as the helicopter lifts off, can add real interest.

Shooting the passing scenery usually requires a fast shutter speed to avoid blur (or a relatively-slow shutter speed if you wish to show blur). If the day is sunny and bright, film with a speed of ISO 100 or 200 should be more than adequate, assuring not only fast shutter speeds, but also sufficiently-small aperture settings for good depth of field.

In the evening time or if daytime conditions are overcast, especially with dark clouds, loading high-speed film (ISO 400 or greater) or changing your digital camera's sensitivity to 400 or higher will provide adequately fast shutter speeds in most situations.


If your trip mainly takes place in one vehicle, a motor-home or rental car for example, be sure to include it in various scenic settings now and then as you travel about. It will lend continuity to your travel album. You must be sure not to overdo it, though. Anything more than three or four pictures will become tedious.

Don't hesitate, though, to take human interest pictures inside your motor home, tour bus or rental car. You can never have too many of them, because the subjects are usually people doing things, not the vehicle itself. (The image at right, though, shows people not doing things - just contentedly snoozing.)

Travel activities can be tiresome, even when you are just a passenger on a long drive. Catching forty winks on the road can be contagious, though, as we see here.
Travel activities can be tiresome, even when you are just a passenger on a long drive. Catching forty winks on the road can be contagious, though, as we see here.

Transportation in the Philippines can be inventive and daring. Small motorcycles comprise much of the public transit in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, for instance.
Transportation in the Philippines can be inventive and daring. Small motorcycles comprise much of the public transit in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, for instance.

Also, keep an eye out and your camera ready for vehicles that you might not necessarily travel in, but that are unusual, colorful or typical of a region, and that will add interest to your travel album.

You might even photograph as many different vehicles as you can in order to provide a theme for your travel album. That doesn't mean you take a picture of every car you see, of course. But, capturing photos of unusual vehicles that the folks back home would otherwise be unlikely to see can make for a very attractive picture collection.

These pictures on the left are highly typical of street scenes in many parts of the Philippines, where small motorcycles do the work you would expect from much-larger vehicles.

The enclosed three-wheeler is called, not surprisingly, a tricycle. Its drivers provide inexpensive taxi service without much apparent concern for overloading. It's astonishing, but not unusual to see seven people traveling happily along in one tricycle.

It is human interest pictures like these that capture your viewer's attention when going through your travel photos.