Photography at Highway Speed

Instead of the freeways we took the byways one recent afternoon. Route US78 east of Athens, Georgia, took us through rural areas, small towns, as well as Athens itself. Photographing from the back seat is quite a challenge. The countryside rushes by allowing just a few seconds to recognize an interesting scene. Signs, berms, fences, trees and power poles are constantly in the way. Then there are the wires, lots and lots of wires always hanging into the view.

Rural Georgia

My approach to photography is not to shoot rapid-fire sequences. I prefer to find the “decisive moment” when taking the picture, not afterward selecting it from reams of exposures. Shooting from a moving car makes that more the “frantic moment”, but I had fun.

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Store Fronts

This “style” is not for the contemplative artist. The technical aspects are a bit different. I used an aperture of f/8 throughout. My shutter speed was mostly at 1/500 second with a few at 1/250 second. I let the camera set the ISO for automatic exposure. Exposure was often unduly affected by the bright sky and I had to “dig out” some of my images from the deep shadows.

Washington-Wilkes Airport – Elevation 645

There was, of course, no way to compose a photo. I did not use the viewfinder. I used a wide angle setting, mostly 24mm on my full-frame camera, pointing the camera at my subject, panning with it as we drove by. Hoping that I didn’t rotate the camera too much and got my shot before some foreground object interferred. That also caused close buildings to “fall over” due the low viewpoint from the car window necessitating pointing the camera upwards. Perspective correction to the rescue. I like using “ICE”, Image Composite Editor, as it allows so many different was to reshape the view.

Here is a collection of my photos. They may not be masterpieces of landscape and cityscape photography, but they are fun mementos and unusual views from along our byways.

Downtown Athens

This post is shared on two of my blogs so I can reach more of my fans, maybe both of them!

 

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© 2019 Ludwig Keck

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Street Photography

A Little Bit of Street Photography

The term “street photography” usually has a very precise definition, but what it means precisely depends a great deal on who is doing the defining. Mostly it means photography in and of man-made surroundings, often with humans in and interacting with their environment. Much street photography is centered on the human element, while other practitioners prefer the interaction of light, shapes, lines, and shadows.  Some specialists insist that the images must be presented in monochrome.

In this post the photography is mainly centered on the shapes, patterns, colors, and textures of the urban environment in Midtown Atlanta. By no means do I consider myself a street photographer. This small collection is quite coincidental and comes from a photo walk that really centered on windows and doors.

Here are my photo colleagues intent on seeing and imaging the Midtown environment.

In and round Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta

This is one of a quartet of posts with images from this short walk around midtown. For the others see:

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Monday Window – 32  “Midtown Atlanta”

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Midtown Atlanta Doors

 

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A Photo Walk in Midtown Atlanta

 

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck