Even until now, I’ve got the tendency of revisiting places that I’ve already been to, rather than travelling to new places, but now I’m feeling more inclined to focus on a few selected places, especially after my recent trip back to Hong Kong, the city that fascinates me with its amazing cityscapes.
Firstly, a single visit is not really enough (unless staying for weeks) to take satisfactory photos. Before travelling, I try to collect as much info as possible by checking on Flickr, Wikitravel and Google Map, etc., but it’s still not easy to locate the best possible shooting spots with a single visit.
Secondly, the uncontrollable weather. Since most of my travels are short ones (4 to 5 days, or 1 week at most), there have been a number of unlucky trips with no single sunny day during my stay. The weather is a matter of luck, and it’s rare to get a clear dusk sky when staying for a few days only.
The great thing about revisiting same places is that I learn something new every time I go back.
Lastly, it’s just my obsession! When I come back from a travel with no decent photo, I feel urged to go back again for what I call photographic redemption. The great thing about revisiting same places is that I learn something new every time I go back, e.g. better shooting spots, faster way to move around, new coffee shops, etc., all of which (except coffee!) increases my chance of taking better photos.
By the way, what I don’t like about always travelling to new places is the sense of sadness when leaving for home, cos I can’t help but think “I may not be able to see this view ever again in my life”. Do you feel the same?