Jan 07 2011
One of the benefits of our family roadtrips is that my husband usually drives. I’ll relieve him from time to time, but primarily, he is the driver and I am the navigator.
Once we’re on the open road, headed in the right direction, I have time to do any number of things: read a bit, hand snacks to the kids, check road reports, find fun things to do where we’re headed.
And take pictures.
Now, taking photos out a moving car window at 65 mph requires a few things: 1) A camera that can focus and snap a photo quickly; 2) A relatively clean car window; and 3) A lot of luck. It also requires that you not be afraid to delete a large percentage of the photos you take because, quite honestly, you’ll get a lot of duds.
You might get a few gems, too, though. On our recent trip to Missouri, I had my Panasonic ZS7 in hand through most of our drive through Iowa. While none of these pictures will win any awards for technical merit, they do display a snapshot of interesting things you can find while driving across America.
Leaving Iowa City early in the morning with cloudy skies, we wondered out loud if the moon was really bright or if it was the sun trying to peek through the clouds. A few miles later, it was evident that it was the sun, but when I snapped this photo, we still weren’t quite sure. It seemed that the sun should be more to the east than to the south. Such is winter in the northern states.
When driving through the Midwest, it’s helpful if you enjoy farm scenery. In southwest Iowa, many of the farms still have their old windmills standing. I doubt that any of them are still operational, but seeing them standing tall and proud on the prairie reminds me of the days when they were essential to the water needs of the farm and community.
These windmill photos aren’t terribly impressive, but they gave me a chance to play with Photoshop a bit. Which one do you prefer–stark beauty or fixed up a bit? I’m still new to Photoshop, and am trying to learn what’s aesthetically pleasing and what is too much. Comments and advice are appreciated.
This old shed is something I’ve seen so often, but they’re disappearing from our landscape one by one.
I love this farm shot. It shows perfectly the concept of “rolling hills.”
Iowa has really embraced the tradition of barn quilts. Our family races to see who can spot the most.
Sometimes snapping a quick shot can alleviate the cries of “I missed it!” This shot of a barn Nativity scene isn’t straight, but it appeased the kids who didn’t see it when we drove past.
Taking a photo on the fly is often the only way to get shots of the geographical markers along the road trip. Although I’m not always successful, I try to collect the states’ welcome signs. Missouri was a success.
Do you have any favorite photos you’ve taken through the car window?
If you enjoy travel photos, stop over at DeliciousBaby and take a peek at this week’s Photo Friday entries.