We’ve all seen it: your friend takes a plane ride over some scenic area, then posts 39 photos from the plane. That’s right, 39 photos of the plane’s wing, with the only difference in each being the cloud formation. Long road trips have the potential for this same situation: 39 photos of the road, the dotted white line, and some “interesting” element off in the distance.
But there’s not a lot to do when you’re driving half way across the country, just you and two dogs. I had books on tape, my iPod and music CDs, but my mind was still getting bored. Plus, I was wondering what I could have to show and blog about from the three-day drive. There’s the challenge — what pictures can you make while driving at 75 miles per hour?
It was fun and challenging — and, of course, a bit dangerous. Texting, using the phone, eating, taking pictures — all of them fall into the same category: Driving While Stupid.
Ignoring that little fact, I went for the challenge. Of course, at 75mph I missed a lot of neat moments because they come up on you so quickly. But hopefully you’ll find a shot or two here that you like.
Beyond the obvious one, here are some of the challenges of shooting while driving:
• Try to shoot through an open window, for fewer obstructions.
• Vary your shots — don’t always shoot through the windshield.
• Use a telephoto zoom lens. It’s effective for closers shots and for overalls/scenics.
• Avoid shooting through a tinted window, if possible.
• Keep your windshield as clean as you can. Bug guts make for ugly spots in your images.
• You can’t critically control most things: framing, telephone poles, timing.