“Road Trip #4″

Canon 5D Mark II, f2.8 16-35mm II zoom @29mm, ISO 100, f9.5@ 30 secs, from moving car, I-70, near Aspen, Colorado

This entry was written by Craig , posted on Thursday January 27 2011at 04:01 pm , filed under Abstract, Motion Blurs . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

7 Responses to ““Road Trip #4″”

  • aprilS says:


    Striking movement and energy, with just enough context (aided too, by the title) to let us participate in the experience of flying down that highway.

  • sherryd says:

    Hi Craig,

    I am always amazed at your creativity. This shot just puts me right there on the road with you feeling the rush of traffic. I can almost hear the music of the vehicles and the wind as we swoosh along.

  • Craig says:

    Hey April and Sherry,

    Thank you for being here and thank you for the kind words of support. My favorite part of this image is color. I love long exposure motion blurs like this. Its sort of like the feeling I used to get when I was going to the lab to pick up my film. When you push the play button to review thses images on the LCD these kinds of shots can be a great surprise because you never know exactly what you are going to get. There are a lot of misses. I probably shot a thousand images like this on the trip and there are only a handful that speak to me enough to want to finish them for presentation…..more in the vidcast….Craig

  • John says:


    I concur with the others, great photo and wonderful creativity! From a technical point of view, one thing that jumps out at me is the upper half of the photo. It looks like a cloudy sky but logic tells me that it probably isn’t. I am thinking that if you were driving along in cloudy overcast conditions that a 30 second exposure would just render the sky as a formless mass. So I was wondering if you could elaborate on the upper half of the picture a little bit? Thanks…….John

  • Craig says:

    Hey John,

    Thank you for being here and thank you for the supportive comments. Good question about the sky and dynamic range. This image was made close to the end of civil twilight….which is a magic point in time when the average illumination of the sky is balanced with average street light illumination – which in this case includes the lights on and inside of cars.

    It was raining when I took this picture and the sky was filled with storm clouds. The other thing I love about shooting at this time of day for these kinds of shots, is that in addition to balanced light, if you shoot at daylight white balance you get beautiful color contrasts of the deep blue of the twilight sky juxtaposed with the warmth of the color of the street lights and car lights…..Craig

  • Larry says:

    I don’t know much about photography other than setting the camera on auto and hitting autofocus.

  • Larry says:

    Sorry-I didn’t finish my comment….but that is a wild effect.it almost seems as if your seeing something that’s really there by can’t be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.

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