Traveling across the US, any photographer will be amazed by the abundance of awesome places that are just waiting to be photographed. I'm not just talking about the most popular tourist destinations like Yosemite, The Grand Canyon or Hawaii, although these places are always going to be gold for amateur and professional photographers.
I'm interested in less than typical places to photograph. I've put together a short list of three that I recommend to anyone looking for something different, with a lot of potential.
1. Silo City
I'm a big fan of industrial sites. There's so much you can do in a place that's full of history and unique urban decay. Located in Buffalo, NY, the Silo City abandoned grain elevators are exactly the kind of place I'm looking for. It's usually hard to get to a place like this without being in legal trouble. I came across the Silo City Photography Workshop page and it looks like the perfect way to visit this unique place. The workshop also includes a half day of photographic access to the Francis G. Ward Pumping Station, just to make everything more interesting.
Check out the full details of the workshop here .
2. Red Woods, CA
There are four parks here that protect 45% of the remaining coast redwood. It's an incredible place to see with some of the tallest and massive trees on Earth. There are also a few threatened species like the tidewater goby, the Chinook salmon and the northern spotted owl.
It's the kind of place you'll be glad to visit if you're a nature and wildlife photographer, but also if you're into more conceptual, fine art genres.
Image credits: Michael Scweppe on Flickr.
3. Salvation Mountain, CA
You don't even have to be religious to appreciate Salvation Mountain. If you want to put a tag on it, it's an art installation. In reality, it's so much more. It's a place visited by artists and free spirits from all over the world. It's an amazing place to visit and photograph, especially during summer nights. Salvation Mountain was also used as one of the locations in the movie Into the Wild.
Image credits: Brian on Flickr.