PhotoZAP 11: On The Road Again

Our critics praise and pan your pictures


“Re-shooting on an overcast day would take care of the washed-out colors at the end of the road.” —Mason Resnick

© Evan Jones, Farmville, VA. Gear: Canon SD750. Exposure: 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100, autoexposure mode.

Photographer’s Statement: “I took this shot earlier this fall by reaching as far out of the car as possible, hoping to catch some motion blur of the surroundings while keeping the MINI in focus. I used a Canon SD750 to catch this shot. It's an older point and shoot that I use when there is a chance of it falling to its death.”

Our critics say...

Monica Cipnic: The motion blur of the wheel (which is lost in the dark shadows) and the foreground pavement are overwhelmed by the white car door, which fills half the frame. When the viewer's eye naturally follows the double yellow line, the brightly lit tree in the distance and the sky are washed out. The crop of the side view mirror doesn't help. Try to slightly open the shadows in software. Bring down the hot spots, and slightly increase saturation. Or shoot this again on a different road, or at a different time of day when everything isn't in shadow. Do drive carefully, and hold tight to the camera!

Mason Resnick: I love it the dynamic action and depth of this shot, the receding perspective and how the lines fall well within the rule of thirds. It has a well executed sense of forward motion. There’s also a sense of danger, which makes this even more interesting. I’m not as bothered as Monica is by the composition or exposure issues, but perhaps that’s because I’m in awe of the high degree of difficulty here. Re-shooting on an overcast day would take care of the washed-out colors at the end of the road.

Jack Howard: There's a great sense of energy here, but a much longer shutter speed–half or quarter-second, for example would enhance that feeling of movement even more dramatically.  I give the photographer points for creativity and making do with the gear he’s got, but...a little more gear would make this shot stronger, and safer to capture. Fat Gecko offers several solutions that would enable the driver/photographer to get this angle without risking their safety of being distracted while driving.  Check out the shots in Harrison Shull's "Wheels" gallery for some fantastic examples in this style of motion capture.


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