Using Instagram to scout your trip #IGTravelThursday
Before I take a trip to somewhere new, I always check out flickr to get some ideas on what to shoot and where the best spots are for sunrise and sunset photos. For my trip next week to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Canyonlands National Park in Utah, I decided to consult Instagram.
The big advantage you have with flickr over Instagram is that on flickr, users tend to leave a lot more information on the location and how they got the shot. Not so much on Instagram. Luckily, davros681 tagged his shot #dreamlake, which will be within the general area of where I’ll be camping. (For a great primer on searching Instagram, check out this post on Skimbaco.)
I would absolutely love to come across some big horn sheep. The elk will be rutting about this time of the year but it might be too early for the rams. My dream shot, of course, would be to capture two big rams butting heads with a mountain looming in the background — at sunset!
And the one thing I can guarantee you I won’t do is get close enough to a mother bear and her cub to shoot a video with my iPhone.
I’ll be in Rocky Mountain National Park until Thursday. That’s when I’ll pick up my wife in Denver and head to Canyonlands National Park for the second part of the trip.
There were a couple folks who had this vantage point of the Green River, which leads me to believe there’s a trail that leads to this overlook. I’ll have to research that before I fly out.
And finally, a good Instagram tip for trips to scenic locations is not to forget about the detail shots. Sometimes you can get lost in the grand vistas and forget about all the wonderful things right under your feet.
This post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday, a blog collective that promotes the great travel experts on Instagram and uses Instagram as a source for travel inspiration.
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