I WASN’T ALWAYS a fan of winter photography. Honestly, who likes to navigate snow and ice and freeze your fingers off to shoot images? Not me.
But, since discovering on-the-road travel photography—meaning I actually fire off frames while riding in a vehicle traveling at highway/interstate speeds of 55 – 70 mph—I’ve come to embrace winter photography.
In winter the landscape lies exposed, giving a photographer ample opportunity to see and photograph subjects which, in other seasons, remain hidden. And I, for one, appreciate that openness and vulnerability.
My eyes fly across the landscape as I ride shotgun, camera in hand set to a fast shutter speed (the sports mode in automatic settings), poised to click the shutter button.
Farm sites, specifically barns, cause me to lift my ever-ready camera from my lap, focus and shoot. Sometimes I get the shot, sometimes I don’t. It’s all in the timing and the ability to compose on the fly.
Consistently, the quality of these on-the-road photos surprises me, in a good way. Often I couldn’t have gotten better results had I stood still in front of the subject, focused and composed with care and shot many frames.
Of course, I’ve missed plenty of photo ops, too, because I’ve been daydreaming or talking or been too slow to react.
A recent trip along Interstate 94 to and from Fargo gave me plenty of time to practice on-the-road photography as I focused on farm sites, the landscape and whatever else I found of interest.
An added bonus comes once I download the images into my computer and notice details I failed to see while photographing scenes.
The next time you hit the highway as a passenger on a long road trip, consider trying this type of photography.
Clean your windows, adjust your camera, buckle up and you’re set to roll.
TELL ME, HAVE you ever photographed using this method? What works/doesn’t work for you? And what do you like to photograph?
NOTE: Except to downsize the above images, I have not edited them.
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling