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Learn by Doing Photography – Winding Roads

Assignment #52 Photographing a road

We’ve all seen the photos of the long winding road heading into the trees, into the fog, into the unknown. But have you ever got on your hands and knees in the middle of a quiet road and taken the picture? That is what this week’s assignment is about! The road can be winding, straight, whatever you feel like.

Not too much online when it comes to tips on photographing roads. So what did I learn from my day shooting roads….

  • Watch and listen for cars, you might get pretty wrapped up with taking the picture that you forget you are standing on a road. So pay attention!
  • Move around! Try getting down on the ground or moving far to one side.
  • Depth of field is fun to play with, but you don’t have to
  • Follow your lines, where does the road go to. Where does it start in your frame. Right in the middle or does it curve or come out the corner of the frame.

Do you have any tips to add to the list? My research didn’t prove very enlightening. I looked online, but couldn’t really find anything.  “The long and winding road by Paul McCartney came up quite a bit during my search, but not exactly what I was looking for today. So it’s up to us… Do you have a tips to add?

This first picture was taken early in the morning. The sun was about 10 minutes from peaking over the mountain to the west of me. I was using the Canon 50mm lens. It surprises me sometimes when I look at my settings. For instance I was shooting at 4000 ISO with a shutter speed of 1/1250 sec. definetely could have lowered my ISO a bit which would have slowed down my shutter speed.

I was shooting really early and doing some hand holding so I never adjusted my ISO as the day light increased. Something to watch out for in the future!

This second picture, I shot when I first arrived on this road. It’s not very exciting, but I wanted to show you what a difference it makes by just moving to a different angle. Same lens!


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