Everyone likes to travel, well... not everyone. But I do and so does my wife. We try to use the opportunity of my travels to plan some getaway time for us as a couple. My wife, like most travelers, loves to find souvenirs unique to the destination to bring home as a memento of her visit. We bring home all sorts of interesting items from our travels, but I never buy things for myself... my souvenirs are the images I take. That is what I want to bring home. I think most photographers are like me in this regard. But I don't just like to bring home photographs of interesting things in interesting places and images of landscapes. I also like to bring home locations. That's right, I collect locations, like some people collect coins, or wood carvings, or even photographs. Even if I don't have a model with me, I am looking at places as opportunities for stylized photoshoots and collecting them for some future use.
What? You aren't studying the landscape as an end in itself? Well, yes. I can multitask. When I come across a great landscape of a beautiful scene, I am drawn to it just like the next photographer, and I make the best of the moment, but while I am there, I may as well collect the GPS location and add it to my little box of digital map pins.
The day after our "location scouting" tour, we set out to shoot at the pinned locations on my map. It's always a snap to get there again, no fussing over which way I turned the last time. Just follow the maps to our destinations.
We lit the shoot with a few Canon 600RT Speedlites and secured the images on the CRU Tough Tech Duo RAID 1, which gave us immediate backups of everything we shot (you don't want to go through all of this work to lose the files).
Like I said, when I travel I like to collect souvenirs, just like the next person... my souvenirs just happen to be photographs. Plus, as close as this raven was willing to get to me, I don't think I could have taken him home as a souvenir.