Extensive travel is not a prerequisite for creating great photographs. Often there are wonderful and willing subjects right in front of you, or just a short car ride away. Maybe it's your own backyard garden, a flower bed, or a bird feeder. Identifying this "home base" is an important piece of your photography puzzle. It's a no-pressure zone where you can take your time, explore creative techniques, and test new equipment. Even in the busy Metro NYC area, there are countless areas to get into the woods and leave the hum of the highway behind.