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10 Things to Photograph Before You Die

by bigbear6208 on Friday, October 24, 2008

For those of you photographers that spend their lives behind that shutter will take thousands of photos in their life time. Ironically, 10 percent of those photos will be epic, made for greatness. Some of those photos will even cause life changes.

Here are my top 10 picks:

The Perfect Portrait

Photograph: By Akil Borneo

There are few photographers who don’t, at some point, find themselves pointing their camera at the face of someone they love, admire or just find interesting. Capturing an expression is simple enough but creating a portrait that captures an entire life’s story is a whole other challenge.
You can practice portraiture every day but you might only get the right face in the right light at the right time once. It’s worth looking out for.

A Complete Story

Photograph: By Akil Borneo Title: Solitude

An image of a lonely bike can't tell an entire story. It is up to the photographer to create a base for many possibilities. To some people this may just look like a bike on a fence, to others, some would want to know where the bike came from, or who is riding it. You can even go to the extreme and wonder how long the bike has been there. This picture was taken in Chinatown, New York, during slight snow fall.

The Northern Lights

Photograph: By Jeff Dyck

I can remember learning about the Northern Lights in one of my junior high school classes, and became very interested in them. The Northern Lights can only be seen in the northern latitudes, and can be viewed at night. I highly recommend taking this picture to anyone that has a passion for unique colors of lights throughout the skyline.

A Rain forest

Photograph: By Greg Andersen

From the Amazon jungle in South America to Sarawak jungle in Borneo, a rain forest can have many strange surprises. The different shades of green can also be something amazing to see. On a serious note, a rate at which we as humans destroy the planet with our so-called technologies, there may not have anymore rain forest to take.

A Dubai Sunset

Photograph: Unknown Photographer

Dubai (in Arabic: دبيّ‎, transliteration: Dubaīy) is one of the seven emirates and most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. (Thank You. Based on my western perspective, Dubai is a place that has great architecture, amazing food, the beaches are nice, the people are friendly. So, why wouldn't you want to experience that while capturing a sunset in this amazing place.


Photograph: By Akil Borneo Title: Love

Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays is the title of one my favorite books by Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens said, "the principle of life is incomplete unless it has experienced love, poverty and war. Fortunately, of those three, love is the easiest to find." I feel that love is such a strong emotion, why not try to capture that in a photograph.

This picture I took on Manhattan Beach. The little girl is holding on to her mother's leg with so much strength. Showing possession, attachment and most importantly love.

New York City

Photograph: By Aaron Harewood (Check out his pictures)

There are hundreds of cities in this world that has its own postcard unique feature. China has the Great Wall, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, London has the St. Paul, and Canada has the Niagara Falls. But, the greatest city in the world has that skyline. A skyline that is recognized in any major city in the world. Known for its Yellow taxis, stinky subway stations, steaming hot dog stands and more characters than a Stephen King Novel. There is a reason why New York City is one the most photographed cities - yea, plenty of reasons why you should have a photo in your stash.

A Sand Dune

Photograph: By Olya S.

A sand dune. Yes a sand dune. I have not been to desert. The blistering heat, the scavengers that hides until its night. Just imagine seeing that wavy pattern for miles upon miles. Interesting to me, check it out.


Photograph: By Trey Ratciff

You don't have to strap up your boots, or buy a ticket to Iraq to get that. It can be an argument between two people, a fight or the expression in one's eyes can show that emotion. It can also serve as a time capsule. Like Christopher Hitchens said war is a vital part of life, and it should be part of your portfolio.


Photograph: By Azem Ramadani

An image of a face can capture a life but photojournalists have to capture moments that describe stories that might have taken years to develop. You don’t have to find poverty to create a picture like this; just a moment that says more.
OK this is my list of the top ten things I would love to photograph before I die. And remember its not a universal list, its just an opinion.

5 Response to "10 Things to Photograph Before You Die"

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I love "A Complete Story"--then, as a writer and a bicyclist...nonetheless, the composition with the black bars is great, and, of course, every bicycle chained up is a story of how it got there, what's happening while it's left there, and where it's going afterwards....

  2. web-betty Says:

    Beautiful pics! Great job.

  3. EcoSmart Says:

    I have blog envy. Beautiful images. Wish I could afford pix like this for my blog?

  4. Gopal Says:

    A variety of photos, affluence and poverty, child's innocence and mother's care, and many more. Very nice indeed.


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