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Travel Photography Tip #4: The Rule of Thirds  

Taking travel photographs used to be easy. We just pointed the camera and shot. But now that our standards are higher, we need to use what’s known as the “rule of thirds” so our photo composition is more pleasing to the eye.

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Taking travel photographs used to be easy. We just pointed the camera and shot. The pictures didn’t always end up looking good but they were physical reminders of the trip we took. Now that our standards are higher, we need to use what’s known as the “rule of thirds” so our photo composition is more pleasing to the eye. In this article, we’ll explain just what that rule is all about.

Ever since digital photography has taken off, we have been able to immediately see if the picture is good or not. Our expectations have been raised so much with all the high-quality pictures online. Let’s look at what the rule of thirds is and how you can best apply it to make your travel photography really stand out.

Composition

First lets understand what composition is and how it makes pictures more appealing. Composition is arranging the elements of a picture so they are most engaging to the viewer. So you want to frame your photographs in a way that more people will find it interesting and enjoy looking at it. That’s what the whole idea of photography is, making it look neat so people will want to view it.

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a standard way of composing your photographs where the picture is divided up into thirds vertically and horizontally. These guidelines are not really there but you can mentally use them for reference when lining up your shot. By dividing up the screen we can now place crucial elements in the intersecting areas. These lines signify places where visually stimulating pieces are placed.

If you have a landscape picture with trees and a barn, you’ll want to take the picture from a vantage point where the barn and trees are in different thirds. Doing this will make the picture more visually favorable and therefore a better travel photography.

Examples

A simple way to understand this principle is to never center your subject in the frame. Instead, put your subject on one of the thirds horizontally, so they are off-center and the picture has more depth. Or, if you are shooting a landscape, try not to split the screen in half by the horizon, instead put it on a third. By dividing the photo into thirds, you make it more appealing and visually attractive.

 

Fortunately, most cameras nowadays have a grid function, which superimposes a grid over your viewfinder or LCD screen so you can properly line up the shot. Using the grid is the easiest way to train your eye to think in the rule of thirds.

When you are about to take a travel photo, its important to understand what the subject is and what the key points of interest are. Where should you place these elements in the picture so it’s most favorable and looks the best? This is what using the rule of thirds to take a fantastic photo is all about.

When you are out and about, try seeing things in the rule of thirds and line up your eyes as if you were framing up a pic. Being a photographer isn’t too hard as long as you follow some pretty easy steps. Take your time and don’t rush the shot, it’s supposed to be your memory so make it count.

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New Banksy Hotel Opens in West Bank

International street artist and controversial figure Banksy has struck again, and this time it’s in the West Bank.   The Artist Banksy secretly opened up a nine-room Palestinian guesthouse/hotel in Bethlehem last weekend. The hotel has a catchy name too, The Walled Off Hotel.

The street art filled hotel is set to open on March 11, and is open to journalists now. Rooms are available for $30 a night, so it’s quite affordable. The hotel is situated right next to the West Bank separation barrier built by Israel to fend off Palestinian attacks. The views from the hotel are of the wall and that’s it.

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International street artist and controversial figure Banksy has struck again, and this time it’s in the West Bank.   The Artist Banksy secretly opened up a nine-room Palestinian guesthouse/hotel in Bethlehem last weekend. The hotel has a catchy name too, The Walled Off Hotel.

The street art filled hotel is set to open on March 11, and is open to journalists now. Rooms are available for $30 a night, so it’s quite affordable. The hotel is situated right next to the West Bank separation barrier built by Israel to fend off Palestinian attacks. The views from the hotel are of the wall and that’s it.

Each room features the stereotypical satirical artwork from acclaimed artist Banksy.

Reporters got a sneak peak this week and took pictures of the artwork. The stand out was from room ‘Three” called the Banksy Room, had a giant mural of a Palestinian and an Israeli having a pillow fight.

This isn’t Banksy’s first trip to the area, last year satirical artwork sprung up all over the Gaza Strip. Banksy claimed responsibility for these graffiti attacks. Politically charged art has fueled Banksy’s success and has turned street art into an expensive art form.

The small boutique style hotel has a presidential suite and a museum displaying many of the artist’s more politically charged work. The museum looks like an old gentleman’s club from colonial times. It has a life-sized statue of Arthur James Balfour in it who created the Balfour declaration, which led to the creation of an Israeli state.

The secret project took 14 months to complete and was supervised by the mysterious artist himself. This hotel is the artist’s biggest collection of work in years and has no end date as of yet.

Banksy has been putting up politically charged street art here and in the nearby Gaza Strip. Known for satirical stencil art, Banksy has long been a thorn in the status quo. From humble beginnings in London, Banksy has become a worldwide phenomenon.
So, who’s coming to Bethlehem with me to stay at the Walled Off Hotel and see this amazing street art in person? I’ll pay for the hotel, just saying, I think I can afford the $30 a night price tag.

Already accepting reservations, the hotel will surely book up fast; let’s just hope the conflict doesn’t take this hotel as a victim.

The artist has recently dropped pieces in the area on a two-story building that was destroyed in a battle between the Israeli forces and Palestinian people. Children are living through this never-ending conflict and at least now they have some attention brought to them that isn’t negative. I can’t even imagine growing up in these types of situations and I feel for any child who has to deal with that. Unfortunately these kids have no choice as to where they are raised but Banksy sees that and is making it’s a cause we can all get behind.

Check out this awesome art experiment and support artists like Banksy who see an issue and is doing something about it.

Keep fighting the good fight y’all.

 

 

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Thailand Plans to Welcome Back International Tourists by October

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Hope is knocking on the door of travelers who are anxious to spend their Christmas holidays in Thailand. However, provided that they are willing to spend a few weeks in a kingdom with limited areas.

During a public forum held in August 2020, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism, said that the country is planning to allow foreign tourists to enter the country under the program, Safe and Sealed. He claims that he has already asked the prime minister to approve the expected date of opening on October 1. Ratchakitprakarn says that he has already requested Phuket as a model and has gotten approval from the Center for Economic Situation Administration. Upon launching the program, tourists will be able to enter Thailand’s largest island, Phuket. However, travelers will need to stay in quarantine in a selected resort for not more than 14 days upon arriving.

 According to Phipat, the famous Patong Beach is an excellent example wherein three to four resorts are set up there. Keeping the tourists in the area would allow them to spend time on a beach, given that they would stay in their designated areas. Travelers are also required to get tested for COVID-19 at the beginning and the end of their allotted quarantine period. However, the minister says that tourists who want to travel outside of Phuket would have to undergo a third COVID-19 test and have an extension of seven days under quarantine. Besides that, hotel staff who work in the designated areas aren’t allowed to leave the premises without taking a COVID-19 test and going into quarantine. 

Governor Yuthasak Supasorn of the Tourism Authority of Thailand has told CNN that the government has approved the travel plan. The next phase would be holding a public hearing to obtain the residents’ approval. 

The Step for the Future

Like most countries who have always relied on tourism, Thailand has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic. Aside from having all international commercial flights being banned, the residents on returning flights would have to be put into quarantine for 14 days. Gratefully, Thailand hasn’t had a locally transmitted COVID-19 case for more than three months now, which gives travelers a sense of relief as they go on trips for the weekends. Managing director Bill Barnet of the Asia-focused consulting firm C9 Hotelwork claims that welcoming international travelers is the right step.

According to Barnet, COVID-19 is different compared to other events like 9/11 and the restart of traveling. He claims that the Safe and Sealed program may not be a silver bullet, but a step forward against “the deer in headlights position.”

He diminishes any form of criticism that says the project may be too restrictive. Barnet claims that Phuket has proven its appeal as a destination for people looking to escape the winter season. Barnet notes that Russians, Britons, Germans, and Scandinavians have always returned to Phuket yearly and stay long-term guests. He claims that the moment the temperature drops in Europe, the people will quickly mark Phuket as one of their destinations. 

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Eco Travel Basics

Eco travel is all the rage now and for good reasons, the United Nations recently designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. How can we be eco friendly when we are living in a disposable world? It’s definitely not easy, especially when everything in the travel industry seems like it’s meant to be thrown away. From plastic bottles to shopping bags to snack sized food, we are surrounded by wastefulness.

Here are the basics to eco traveling and being a friend to Mother Nature instead of a polluting enemy. Follow these rules and your travel plans won’t affect your environment negatively and you won’t have any regrets for wandering the planet in search of your happiness.

 

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Eco travel is all the rage now and for good reasons, the United Nations recently designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. How can we be eco friendly when we are living in a disposable world? It’s definitely not easy, especially when everything in the travel industry seems like it’s meant to be thrown away. From plastic bottles to shopping bags to snack sized food, we are surrounded by wastefulness.

Here are the basics to eco traveling and being a friend to Mother Nature instead of a polluting enemy. Follow these rules and your travel plans won’t affect your environment negatively and you won’t have any regrets for wandering the planet in search of your happiness.

 

Stay at green properties

First thing first, only stay at green properties. If we stop staying at these massive polluters then we may actually make a difference. These huge complexes aren’t built with the environment in mind; instead they look at profits and losses. Let’s get them thinking about the environment by boycotting places that don’t meet strict eco guidelines.  

Hitting these corporations in the wallet is the only way they will listen, so plan accordingly and do your research. Make sure that your accommodations follow eco tourism guidelines and protect our planet form destruction.

Major chains are already listening with changes popping up everywhere from towels and linens being washed less to food being sourced locally.

Lets work together to shape the planet we all want to live in and not just live life by what our wallets can afford.

 

Always pack a reusable shopping bag

Plastic is polluting our planet and oceans at an alarming rate and shopping bags are a major problem. Just by always packing a reusable shopping bag you personally can cut hundreds of plastic bags from hitting our oceans and environments. They make very convenient collapsible bags now that fit in any pocket or purse. I keep a few on me at all times because you never know.

 

Bring your own reusable water bottle

Plastic water bottles are another huge polluter and we can stop it in its tracks. Boycott plastic water bottles at home and abroad and save our planet. By simply packing your own reusable water bottle we can drastically reduce the amount of waste from our vacations.

Many destinations have dirty drinking water, so tourists strictly drink out of plastic water bottles, which is terrible for our planet. Instead, get a water bottle with a filter and your pollution problems are gone.

 

Green transportation

How you get around on a vacation can really affect the local environment. Try taking pollution free transportation like walking or bike riding if y9ou can. Once I get to a city, I can navigate around like a local and fit in no problem. Walking allows you to see the city like a native and it’s pretty sweet. Lessen your carbon footprint and travel consciously.

Follow these simple rules and you won’t have any problem being eco friendly on your next vacation. Just be conscious of how your actions affect the environment and you won’t have any issues.

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