One of the things I'm sure photographers can relate to is being in a car, either as the driver or as a passenger is scanning the environment as it whirs by. How many times have you thought:
I want to stop right there and get some pictures of that scene.
It's one of the reasons why I prefer being in the company of other photographers when I'm traveling.
Is this you?
As a photographer, I’m always scanning the landscape for that one scene and being a passenger in a car or even driving myself, I fall into the trap of wanting to stop every time I see something I want to photograph. As an example, several years ago there was a barn that had fallen into disrepair and it was only a matter of time before it completely collapsed. Every time I drove by it, I wanted to get out and spend some time photographing it. Unfortunately, the barn was on a busy road and not only that it was on a curve and there was no safe place to park my car anywhere along the road. I watched it collapse in on itself every time I drove by it. I never captured the barn. There are more examples I can relate. Here’s another:
Several years ago while traveling to Vermont with a friend who is a photographer, we were both scanning the landscape. She was driving and I was the passenger. With our windows open and driving on a backcountry road we heard water flowing somewhere close by. We knew there was a waterfall near where we were driving. Since we didn’t have a specific time we needed to be where we were going, we pulled off the road, grabbed our cameras and locked the car up.
We didn’t wind up finding the waterfall, but the crux of this example is to point out that had I been in the car with anyone other than a fellow photographer, we would not have pulled off the road.
Every time I’m traveling in a car I’m always scanning and when I see something, I want to pull over or have the person I’m riding with pull over. However, most people I travel with are not photographers and I simply have to accept that I won’t be able to get the photos that I would like. Even if I’m driving alone, many of the places I would like to photograph are two dangerous to pull over for.
How many other photographers can relate?
In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.
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