Two Bucket List Photos

February 19, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

We have all heard of bucket lists of places we want to go to or do something we want to do.  So, this is not a new concept at all and I am just going to apply it to my photography hobby.  Also, in full transparency, this is not even my idea.  Unfortunately, I don't recall which podcast it was, but it was from one of my three favorites:  Photo Taco, Photo Geek Weekly, or Master Photography Podcast.  All three are great and have very different purposes.  Photo Taco will help you with deep tech for photography.  Photo Geek Weekly has the tech, news, and general chat.  Master Photography Podcast is just like it sounds, it helps you learn how to do things and is great for beginners to advanced photographers.

Let's get back on the topic of the photo bucket list.  This idea is to choose two photos that you want to get this year.  Some examples could be your local city or town skyline at sunrise, sunset, moonrise, or moonset.  It could be a photo of an eagle catching a fish on a dive in a lake.  I give you these two examples to give you some guidance on your two photos of choice.  There is one distinct attribute to keep in mind and that is the control or availability to get the photo. 

The city/town photo is available many times over the year and just needs a little cooperation from the weather which means this photo is achievable and has little excuse for not getting it.  I am not diminishing this one as a potential bucket list item, but just to help you set expectations.

The eagle catching a fish is extremely dependent on luck and being at the right place at the right time.  You can increase that chance with frequent trips to a location with eagles, but the time available to "snap" that photo is very small.  So this one may be difficult to impossible to get the sharp photo that will meet your quality bar.

So, after this rambling, here is what I am proposing:

  1. Create two achievable annual bucket list photos
  2. Create two lifetime difficult to achieve bucket list photos

So, not that I completed that thought process here is what mine are (which I reserve the right to change)

Two annual photos

  • Sun or Moon over the Cincinnati skyline
  • First paid senior photo shoot

Two lifetime photos

  • Eagle or other raptor picking up a fish out of the water
  • Fox mother with kits


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I am glad you found my blog.  I am a photographer with a passion for awesome shots.  I go to great lengths to capture many of my photos.  I will re-visit a location over and over knowing there is a spectacular photo just waiting to be had if I am there at the right time.   I also enjoy finding how to do some abstract projects (check out my time-lapse post) and will be writing about them.

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