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- Every photographer should have a “Photo Bucket List” - a list of photos that one must take before one dies.
- Just like with a regular bucket list, this should not be a list of photos that sound cool, that grows and grows as you travel, adding three new photos to it every day.
- This should be a list of photos that would make your life feel more complete if you captured them. Photos that you will regret not capturing with your dying thoughts. This should be a list of photos that, if created, would make your heart sing.
- Throughout my travels, my list of places I want to travel has gotten far longer rather than shorter. Every new traveler I meet tells me of a place I absolutely must go. However, I have kept the places to travel on my bucket list short and concise.
- In fact, there are only five places on that list - Mongolia, the Faroe Islands, the glowing beach of Vaadhoo, Maldives, Machu Picchu, and Japan. This is also how I want to keep my Photo Bucket List.
- The following is my full Photo Bucket List:
- Orangutan using a leaf as an umbrella in a rainstorm.
- Red deer stag with debris hanging from his antlers on a foggy morning.
- Great gray owl in snow, flying or perched
- Bornean banded langur holding an infant
- There are many more photos I want, but these are the top photos.
- Interestingly enough, as I was writing this article I wrote 4 more bucket list photos, but while editing it I realized that those photos were not as important to me as the others on this list.
- These photos are photos that I absolutely must get or I will not be satisfied with my photography.
- The last one, the Bornean banded langur, is one of the rarest primates in the world and will definitely prove to be the toughest. I only know of one place I can go to photograph them.
- As I cross these photos off my list I will update this post with links to the photos that I spent so much time capturing perfectly (as I will not rest until they are captured perfectly).
- I encourage you all to create a photo bucket list, something you can strive toward, if you do not have one already.