Assignment

Travelogue

This assignment ran from Jul 1 to Jul 22, 2013.

We all travel. Whether your travels take you near or far, you are on a journey. Look around, frame your experiences, and capture the moments along the way. One photograph may encapsulate your travels, but it's the combination of moments along your path that truly tell your travel story. So, share your travelogue with us and help tell the story of all our global travel community. More...

Curated by:

Sarah Polger
Senior Photo Editor
Assignment Status
  • Open

  • Closed

  • Published

Published Jul 31, 2013.
Thank you for your contributions!

Where to?

Posted jul 17, 2013

We're down to the wire! You have four more days to enter your photos to the Travelogue assignment. Storytelling moments, landscapes, and details are arriving every day.

The Your Shot community has been discussing whether assignment photos need to be taken in faraway lands. The answer: No. Remember, your hometown is exotic to someone else in the world. We look for honest, well-composed, thought-provoking photographs. Amazing moments are often hidden in the quiet pauses of your travels.

So head out the door, take a short road trip, or dig through the last two years of your travel photos—and help us create a Travelogue.

Moments and Details

Posted jul 10, 2013

Globetrotters! It's wonderful to see the travelogue photos coming into Your Shot. Keep up the strong work.

We're in week two of the assignment; here are a few more tips to consider:

Moments and Details
Grand landscapes are fabulous, bringing awe and scale to a place. But don't forget the smaller moments! Think about the detail photos you've taken. Do those details help explain more about the place and traditions? Share intimate photos—a shopkeeper speaking with a customer or a couple eating at a cafe, for instance—to help the viewer relate to the story they're seeing.

People
Include people in your photographs. Individuals add an additional layer of intrigue and invite the viewer to learn more about the story unfolding before them.

Captions
Captions help support your photographs; write robust captions. Who is pictured? What is the photo showing? When was the photo taken? Where did you take the photo? Why did you take the photo—what was the moment you tried to capture?

Take us on your journey!

The Promise of Discovery

Posted jul 1, 2013

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." —Susan Sontag

People travel for any and every reason. Whether for pleasure, or to push ourselves to new, unknown limits, the promise of discovery draws us farther down the winding road. Travel brings excitement, fear, awe and a plethora of new emotions. We often try to capture these fleeting travel moments through our pictures. When we arrive home, we sort our photos, looking for the one image. But don't look for one image, look for several images—that give a full sense of your travels and together tell the whole story—beyond one sunset. Include details and people; wait for the light; and compose your image so that it can stand on it's own and speak with the images beside it. 

Why do you travel? Use your photographs to tell your travel story.

Sarah Polger

Sarah Polger

Senior Photo Editor
Sarah Polger has over twelve years experience in visual storytelling, focusing on multimedia and digital platforms. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society and member of the Travel and Adventure Digital team.
720 comments
Gary Conn
Gary Conn

The Antipode Hypothesis:  Color it Opposite. 

Assignment 'Travelogue' feature story is beautifully illustrated.  The many pictures that were published are lovely from the thousands who were posted.    Viewing 'Travelogue' in slideshow mode the images pantomime a real trip in a progressive format from transport to exploration to dreams and memories then finally to home, under the stars! 

Like irony or understatement, antithesis is an editorial fashion whereby a photo essay is illustrated indirectly to spur imagination.  For example:  In China a sheep herd is in a faraway exotic location where our photographer / traveler found - a sheep herd.  Or Crowds:  How often have we traveled to photograph a favourite famous popular location to find throngs of tourists?  Crowds can be a phenomenal event to photograph.  There are many similar allusions. 

The story read like a real travelogue, a narrated filmstrip, or in a silent film with subtitles.  Gary

Yasir Mehmood
Yasir Mehmood

Alot of Congratulation for photographer whose photos published.. !

gisele teixeira
gisele teixeira

I've been M.I.A (busy, crazy, hazy days), but I wanted to stop by to congratulate the selected stories on the Travelog assignment as well. Awesome pictures, awesome stories, great work! I have some catching up to do...in a few days I feel like I have missed a million wonderful pictures! big hug to you all, and congrats once again!

Abdulrahman Alhinai
Abdulrahman Alhinai

I feel really honored as my image is part of the 20 selected for Travelogue story. I must thank Sarah Polger/ Chief Editor at Natgeo for her outstanding job and hard work, and I want to thank all of you my " family " here for your continuous feedbacks and encouragement. Your Shot has become not only a community; It is my home that I spend more than 12 hours a day in. This accomplishment is dedicated to all of you. 

Regards from Oman.

Ilias M.
Ilias M.

Congratulations for the ones selected for the travelogue story!! pretty nice shots!! :) and congratulations to all the ones who submitted their photos, cause they were so many good ones! hard to choose which one!! good luck for the next assignment!!


Hiren Vadiya
Hiren Vadiya

Congratulation to all photographer whose story is published.. 

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

Great story.   Congratulations to everyone!!!!  Can't wait for the next one!!!  :)))

carol worrell
carol worrell

Thank you for sharing so many unique photos in this published story Sarah. I love viewing the world and different cultures, while sitting in my chair drinking my morning tea. This website is bringing happiness, inspiration and fellowship to people world wide through their love of photography! I'd say all the hard work is paying off!

Sujith Nair
Sujith Nair

Congrats to all the winners.In specific a big thanks to Sarah Polger.Its a Himalayan job to select from more than 8000 photos from across the globe with a subject line.

Newfin Thanislas
Newfin Thanislas

Congratulations to all there on the Travelogue story.....

Veronika K-Ko
Veronika K-Ko

Congratulations to all photographers,selected in the Travelogue story!!!Well deserved images!Congrats to the editors,too!

Somnath Chakraborty
Somnath Chakraborty

All stories are beautiful in Travelogue. Congratulations to all my friends for their brilliant works.

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

Congratulations to all there on the Travelogue story. Beautiful work as always! Brilliant writing! Live this moment and use it to gain inspiration for future stories! Let's go ahead and #LetsExplore the next assignment!!

Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson

looking forward to seeing the story and the new assignment!

Somnath Chakraborty
Somnath Chakraborty

Queridos Ancianos y amigos. Estoy clicker por la pasión. Con un instinto de aprendizaje im deseosos de mostrar mi colección de seguir las reglas y regulaciones de NAT GEO. Con la esperanza de que todo va a gustar y te inspirará a hacer mejor y mejor como el tuyo. Ya he subido 23 fotografías y me siento afortunado y el placer de mostrar mi colección. Espero que criticar mi trabajo y me ofrecen un mejor camino para seguir adelante. Por primera vez estoy subiendo mis mejores fotos y necesito gravemente su ayuda.
Aquí está mi enlace página:

https://members.nationalgeographic.com/729717052741344/

Somnath Chakraborty

 

Vikas Kanyan
Vikas Kanyan

Hi Friends...Good Morning Check Out OF My Gallery new additions

Somnath Chakraborty
Somnath Chakraborty

Dear Friends and Elders. I am clicker by passion. With a learning instinct im desirous to show my collection following NAT GEO rules and regulation. Hoping you all will like it and will inspire me to do better and better like yours. I have already uploaded 23 photographs and I feel myself lucky and pleasure to show you my collection. I hope will criticize my work and offer me a better path to move on. For the first time I am uploading my best photos and severely need your assistance.

Here is my page link:https://members.nationalgeographic.com/729717052741344/

Yasir Mehmood
Yasir Mehmood

hi..guys how are u? i add some new photographs. plz check it out. need ur valuable comments. hope ur really like these pic. thankoo.

best regards

Neha Nigam
Neha Nigam

"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. "

-Alfred Stieglitz

Somnath Chakraborty
Somnath Chakraborty

Dear Friends and Elders. I am clicker by passion. With a learning instinct im desirous to show my collection following NAT GEO rules and regulation. Hoping you all will like it and will inspire me to do better and better like yours. I have already uploaded 23 photographs and I feel myself lucky and pleasure to show you my collection. I hope will criticize my work and offer me a better path to move on. For the first time I am uploading my best photos and severely need your assistance.

Here is my page link:

https://members.nationalgeographic.com/729717052741344/

Somnath Chakraborty

 

SURESH BALAJI
SURESH BALAJI

Monday ends..Welcome tuesday good morning to all friends.

Nicholas B.
Nicholas B.

Success!

Just wanted to thank the Tech. Department at National Geographic for persevering with the "Banner Photo" problem, and fixing the situation! Also wanted to mention that if you were having the same problem of uploading  a banner/cover photo here~ Maybe give it a try now, or shortly!

Very much appreciate it N.G!!! 

Damian Walker
Damian Walker

I am really! getting itchy for the next assignment now. My twitchy finger and new found addiction as a NG wannabe make me feel so complete. 

I would love some harsh criticizing in commets of my worst in gallery to get better, as a beginner I believe my selection process (eliminating the not so good 200 as Mr Alcântara does) is not up to scratch yet.

Where and if to post the full 200 (or shoot/day) for the trained eyes to judge? I'm sure I could be leaving diamonds and picking dumplings.

(My favorite word learned this week...Drum Bun...Safe Journey in Romanian)

Larevedere and see you soon!

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

Something interesting I read a few days ago, the Araquém Alcântara's response to a journalist who asked: "What's your secret to getting so many perfect shots?" He replied: "For every good photo, I always exclude the other 200 that were not so good." Moral of the story: photography always requires a lot of patience, discipline, perseverance and determination. ;) Araquém is one of the greatest Brasilian wildlife photographers so far  www.araquem.com.br

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Abdulrahman AlhinaiHey! I've visited some galleries today and noticed that some of you are very inspired lately... There are many by here that will be too much work for editors in the near future. :) #LetsExplore!

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

@Abdulrahman Alhinai  Congratulations!!! I'm so glad for you and all the others.  How excited you must feel.  Your photo is great as are all the others. Great story all around. So I'm happy to say "Welcome home" when you are here.  Your one friend among many :))

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@carol worrell :) To get full, try putting a good music playing softly while you enjoy the moment... Fantastic!

SURESH BALAJI
SURESH BALAJI

@Vikas Kumar u took more than nice shots..keep shooting see my profile then given your comments and tips

Sujith Nair
Sujith Nair

@Somnath Chakraborty 

Seen your gallery and loved the snaps.All tells some or the other stories in the right spirit.The composition of the photos is fantastic.

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

@Leonardo V. The other day I went out to take shots and got 8 that I liked in about 5 hours,that is a record for me .The day after I went out again for 8 hours and got 0 shots that I liked ...How many shots I took in those two days -200-250....at least....If I see a subject that is common I do not even stop...,only subjects that I find unique and interesting are worth giving it a shot and most of the times it does not work. It is not easy to produce good photos...It may look easy when observing ones gallery but I work really hard and shoot many hours to get some good photos (I am not trying to say I have a good gallery but I am saying that I like my photos and I work very hard to get them )...I think hard work and the "not knowing " if I am going to get it is why I like photography so much , I love the reward when getting the "one " ! Thanks for listening.

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Leonardo V. Me too. Moreover, it's common for me to go outdoor, make dozens of photos and for one reason or another end up without taking even a single good image. Not to mention that sometimes I go with the pretense of making a type of shot and end up coming back with a couple of good photos, but that has nothing to do with what I originally wanted. This unpredictability is one of the things I love most in the photography. ;)

Ilias M.
Ilias M.

@Leonardo V. oh yeah thats totally true!! Everytime i go out i take like 700 pictures or more and from them i end up liking 1/10 of them, and the ones I reject, I leave them for evaluation at a later stage in case that something will inspire me to use them!!  Thanks my friend for the link you shared I always like to visit anything that can give me inspiration or motivate me :)

carol worrell
carol worrell

@Ivan Lesica @Leonardo V. Thanks for that information! You are one of the photographers that I admire and your gallery is always a source of inspiration. It is comforting to know that you work hard at your success so I can keep that in mind and not get discouraged when my results are lacking after much time and effort!!!  :-) Another thing that I have learned is to stay true to myself. When I was first starting I would compare myself and get frustrated with the results, then I realized that we each have a different perspective and with patience and practice we each will grow. That is what makes this site so unique....different world views and voices. LOVE IT!

J D Power
J D Power

@Ivan Lesica @Leonardo V. I agree with what you say about it being hard work to get a good image. I to work long hours to try and get the one good shot, and travel very far sometimes. Do you find yourself going any great distances to find images? I'm in the desert southwest and with the hundred + heat , and the cost of petrol it can be very hard work. Just want to share that , and get your thoughts on your process. thanks.

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Ivan Lesica @Leonardo V.Nothing is easy in this world. And if look easy, very suspicious. Besides inspiration, you also need time available. Big shots require time to preparation and time to insistence. You need wait for the best and make as many attempts as necessary until what you have in mind happens. Sometimes I like to compare our journey as the cheetah's journey. They have a certain level of accumulated energy and need to manage it in their attempts, no waste. In the attack they need to choose the right target, to plan all and act. The problem is that only 40% or 50% of their attacks result in write-offs (source: ngm) that can not always be devoured before lions and hyenas take over their position. And they need live with it while administering their power reserve  the lower in each attack. When they manage to capture a prey, sometimes it is not able to replenish the energy expended in the attack and then they have to try again. When they manage to capture a good catch, it can stabilize their energy reserves (which includes feed their cubs) and so continues their journey. My big prey is a recognized photo and when I get it, my reserve is full! If the cheetah's energy reserve reach negative values, it enters into a dangerous situation. Thank God it has not happened to me yet. ;)

Paul Martens
Paul Martens

@Ivan Lesica @Leonardo V. You DO have a great gallery , Ivan and yes it is hard work to get a good shot indeed. Sometimes I go out for a wildlife shot and come home after several hours with nothing but an abstract ;-)

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@Leonardo V. Me too - same experience!  And sometimes a shot I like and think is pretty good, I don't get the same response from others.  Sometimes a shot that I think is just okay, is one that others really like!  Go figure.  It is so much fun to keep trying for that GREAT shot, though!

carol worrell
carol worrell

@Leonardo V. I agree. I compare it to "writer's block". Sometimes the words flow smoothly and effortlessly on the page and other times it is next to impossible to grasp concepts. It can be the same way with photography, there can be wonderful surprises and disappointing results. I think that is what makes the journey so rewarding. If everything was perfect there would be nothing to strive for.

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@Ilias M. @Leonardo V. I do the same, Ilias!  I have saved so many bad shots, some for the memory of a place or event, and some to look at the settings, and what might have made it better.  So many of them!!!

Nicholas B.
Nicholas B.

@J D Power @Ivan Lesica @Leonardo V. I agree with you JD about traveling for the "shot". One of our next photo trips is to the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean for seascape and ocean life images. Some may say that's a great distance, but to us it's well worth it!!!:) 

Nicholas B.
Nicholas B.

@Paul Martens @Ivan Lesica @Leonardo V. I see your point Paul~ It's common for us to hike/explore for hours a day looking for wildlife, and if/when you do find them, you often have a matter of seconds before they move or run!  Being out in the wild is such a challenge, as it's not a park or "petting zoo"~ You are in their world, and often times they do as they wish, not as what you would like them to do!!!:)

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Joan Rankin Hayes @Leonardo V. Perfect, Joan! The best photo I've ever had the opportunity to do so far (in my opinion) is one of the less popular ones that I have... The context in which the observer is inserted also greatly influences the interpretation he has on a particular image. But, when the picture appeals to both (you and others), the future of this photo is guaranteed!

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@carol worrell @Leonardo V. Exactly, Carol! I've noticed that! The challenge of photography and the challenge of writing are very similar. Two arts that complement each other and are always together. And all art is powered by inspiration. If there is inspiration at the moment, all is well. Indeed, that is precisely what is the NGM.

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