I had the opportunity to camp at Tuolumne Meadows for the first time last month. I have to admit, taking pictures out there was pretty fun. I took this shot from atop Lembert Dome, which rises about 800 ft above the meadows, total elevation about 9450 ft.
As I was going through the photos from the trip, I got to a group that looked like decent landscape shots, except that the exposure, color, and sharpness were randomly off. I was advancing through them and trying to make weird adjustments that seemed like they should not be necessary for this kind of shot. Finally it dawned on me: they were all shot from the passenger’s seat through the windshield as we drove along. I had totally forgotten about shooting these. At least I don’t have to worry that the D300 was suddenly going bad on me.
This mid-century motel in the middle of Bishop almost exhibits what seems to be “Danish googie” styling. Shown here with “motel postcard” processing for even more effect.
It’s fun to just point the camera out the window while moving down the highway and just see what happens. During our trip to Owens Valley this summer, two families piled into the mini-van, and Bill drove the entire time. I had quite a bit of time sitting shotgun, and although I didn’t take advantage of it as much as I should have, I did start shooting from the shotgun position during a brief rainstorm.