Monday, August 25, 2014

From-the-Car Photography - 5 Simple Steps

5 Simple Steps to get pictures of your vacation without having to stop. All.  The.  Time. 

*Disclaimer:  This is for the passenger of the car - NOT the driver

Based on our pulling-the-car-over-all-the-time experience, we knew we had to reach Sandpoint, Idaho sometime in the summer of 2014.  That said, I developed an art I'm calling From the Car Photography.

I would have called it Car Photography, but then people would think it was pictures of cars.  Then they'd be mad there were no cars.  Then I would get emails.  Then I wouldn't sleep at night.  Circles - constant circles.

This is the art of sitting in the passenger seat, in a car going 75 miles per hour (this is legal in Idaho and Montana - yes!) and still getting pictures.  Here's what I learned:

1.  Roll the window down.  Dur, but some of the front window shots were NASTY.  Shoot out your passenger window.  Or the backseat windows.

Yeah, big bird dropping edited out.  It's still not working for me.

2.  Use the big camera if you have one.  I tried this with our little Olympus TG-820 but it didn't work as well as our Nikon D300.  I don't own a camera phone any more advanced than my Samsung Brightside so I don't know results from a camera phone.

3.  Snap away.  It's digital.  There's no loss if you take seven pictures of the same thing.  Plus, if you snap away, it means whatever you saw that made you put the camera to your eye will come back into the camera's eye.

I know there's something there...

Yeah, that was it!

4.  Editing is your friend.  The first picture looks really nice.  That's because I cropped out the side of the car.  Also, chances are, you will have to straighten the photos.  My husband is notorius for making the lake tip to the left while standing still.  Now put him in the car with the camera.

A little copping and, voila!

Nice, but I can see that something is in the frame.

5.  Pull over when a drive-by isn't enough.  Sometimes the brakes just gotta go on and you gotta get outta the car.  It's okay - you didn't break the rule.  You just sidelined it for a moment.

See, I really did take these pictures on the fly.  Er, drive.

To see where we started, go here:  Road Trip - Glacier National Park

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1 comment:

Gentle Joy said...

Beautiful pictures!!! We also take many while traveling... I mean, what's the point of traveling and seeing all of that scenery if you can't record it!!! :)

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