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Perhaps you’re familiar with the motion picture The Bucket List. It’s about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward with a list of things they want to do before they die.

I’m unfortunately at the age where too many of my friends and peers are starting to pass away. It’s caused me to start thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life – however long that is.

Certainly photography will play some part in my life as long as I am still here. But how?

I started thinking about that movie “The Bucket List” and decided I might want to build a photo version of it.

How about you? Do you have a photography bucket list? Starting one should be easy. It doesn’t have to be a formal list or look a certain way. You can make it anyway you like.

Some thought starters might help propel you to creating your list.

1. First decide what your photographic goals are
2. Think of the list not so much from the “before I die” point-of-view, but rather the “here are some goals” point-of-view
3. Don’t limit yourself to what you think is possible
4. Be honest – you don’t have to show the list to anyone else so don’t put things on there just to impress someone or leave something off just because you’d be embarrassed if someone saw it
5. Consider your first list to be nothing more than a first draft – let is stew for a bit then come back to it and refine

I’m going to start writing my own photographic bucket list. It’s going to be a bit challenging since I’ve already had the great fortune to photograph many spectacular things all over the world, but I know in my heart of hearts I’m not completely done yet. When I finish my list I’ll post it here.


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