Recently my wife and I drove to Colorado with our friends Homer Galloway and Rosalie Lambert. It would’ve been a lot more fun had the reason been more jovial.
Rushing By: The landscape of southwestern Wyoming
My father-in-law died and we were going to his memorial service. So to save money, we carpooled. One caveat: Homer is the kind of traveler that goes from A to B without stops except gas and groceries.
He doesn’t like stopping along the way for photo excursions. But that’s OK. It wasn’t a trip for fun so I just shot from the inside of the car.
My technique is simple: use a zoom-telephoto in the 80-200 range. Anything wide will just make everything difficult to see in the final image. It also forces you to think about technique and composition more.
Shooting like this reminded me of an assignment we had in college: Pick a street corner, put your camera on a tripod, and you can only shoot from that place for 24 hours. Yes, you can move your tripod to go to lunch, your other classes, to sleep, or whatever. The purpose of the assignment was to understand that even from one spot, compositions and moments change. As so does shooting from the backseat of a car.
Because we left on a cloudy and snowy day here in Washington mid morning, the drive was rather boring. We also didn’t get into Idaho until evening when it was getting dark. It was night by the time we hit Utah.
Storm on the Horizon
Plus, because of the icy conditions on I-80, I was able to get a few “exciting” photos. You can’t expect to drive 60, 70, or 80 mph and not stay on the road. Ludicrous. We saw about a dozen vehicles on the side of the road, including several semis that passed us.
Dangerous Conditions (No injuries)
Red on Blue: My favorite photo from the trip
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