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Taking Great Pictures While Driving.

Taking Great Pictures While Driving.

Don’t worry, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Tim drives while I take pictures. There was a time when my “Quick, pull over!” had the potential for danger, but I have discovered a better way.

I am the first to acknowledge that picture taking while in a moving vehicle can be very frustrating. You have to assess the lighting and composition well in advance of arriving in the perfect position to take the shot. Ideally, I would roll down the window so I can use my Nikon, but as this often results in quiet, yet clearly audible, comments about rupturing eardrums, I choose to use my cell phone instead. The problem with this option is that you get a frustrating amount of lag time. The solution is to press the button a split second early, which really isn’t foolproof, but then nothing about this scenario is ideal. Plus, it’s surprisingly difficult to touch that little red circle in just the right way, while making sure the camera is pressed to the glass in order to avoid reflections. If you find yourself yelling in frustration, you should just put away your camera and wait for the day when you’re better able to follow through on the mantra “It will be what it will be”.

If you do manage to maintain your equilibrium, your reward will be that one really great picture you manage to capture. It can be frustrating if you let it be, but it’s great entertainment during a long drive to flip through pictures and discover the gems among the many failures. Even if a picture isn’t perfect, a little bit of cropping will often do wonders. When you know you’ll have no other opportunities to capture pictures of the beautiful scenery you see flashing by, taking pictures from the car is worth both the effort and the frustration.

This picture and the two following were taken while driving from Munich to Salzburg just before Christmas a couple of years ago. They were taken with my Nikon camera, which means I must have opened the windows and frozen everyone in the car. In my single-mindedness, I do these things. It should be clear to everyone that I was gifted with an enormously patient family!

This picture and the two following were taken while driving from Munich to Salzburg just before Christmas a couple of years ago. They were taken with my Nikon camera, which means I must have opened the windows and frozen everyone in the car. In my single-mindedness, I do these things. It should be clear to everyone that I was gifted with an enormously patient family!

This picture and the two following were taken with my iPhone while we were driving from Austin to the Woodlands. Not quite as good as the ones taken with the Nikon, but certainly useful in offering an impression of the landscape.

This picture and the two following were taken with my iPhone while we were driving from Austin to the Woodlands. Not quite as good as the ones taken with the Nikon, but certainly useful in offering an impression of the landscape.

Antique Rose Emporium

Antique Rose Emporium

The Radisson in Downtown Austin

The Radisson in Downtown Austin