Along Bush Highway

I tend to get out of my car a lot when stormchasing. I suppose that part is obvious. Of course, it can also depend on conditions. I may end up driving an hour just to get somewhere before I find the need to take a photo. Or I can stop every two miles along a beautiful stretch of highway and still have an endless supply of scenery to shoot.

Now, because summer isn’t here yet, I use the word “stormchasing” loosely. Mostly I’m just out shooting pictures before/during/after we get anything that involves rain or clouds. So it’s not really chasing anything…other than that next masterpiece of a photo I expect to take.

On this particular instance, I was out of my car along this stretch of Bush Highway because believe it or not, I had spotted some wild horses meandering through the desert. I know they exist, but it’s definitely rare to see them. Without the 70-200mm that I’d love to have someday, my biggest zoom lens right now is my 85mm 1.8. On a full-frame, it’s not awesome, but I slapped it on hoping to get a bit up close to these horses.

I nabbed a few shots, but the ponies were far off and quickly moved on. When I turned back to the car, I saw the road heading off in the distance and thought it might look kind of nifty with the 85 and a wide open aperture.

I used FocalPoint to help accentuate the blur in the foreground and off in the distance, which helped finish off the vision I had in my head when I took the shot. Simple B&W processing.

The thing about racing to the next storm or the next scenic view is that you end up flying past cool stuff. If I hadn’t been stopped to see the horses, I undoubtedly would have not scene the road in the same way I did standing alongside it.

I definitely treasure those moments when I stop and see something I didn’t expect.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 85mm 1.8, f/2.0, iso 100, 1/640 sec)

  • Heath O’Fee

    I enjoy the shallow depth of field in this shot…something I probably wouldn’t have thought to try out, but it works very nicely.

  • Chris Nitz

    Wow, this really plays with my mind. It looks like it is almost 3D. Really jiving on this!

  • Brian Matiash

    Wonderful shot, dude. You really owned FocalPoint here – there is an art to subtle use of tools. Great eye here.

  • James Brandon

    Ditto Brian’s comment. Great subtle use, really digging this one Mike

  • Jesse

    This has to be one of my faves of yours. The dips in the road coupled with the perfect focus is just awesome. Well done man.

  • Scott Wood

    Great lines in the road. Love the image.

  • Justin

    Really curious what lies over the hill. Great image Mike!

  • Steve Beal

    Wow, incredible image, love the simple processing, DoF and sweet vanishing point! You really get a sense of the desolation…

  • Bob Lussier

    oh. I love this. Love the BW treatment. Love the lines. Great job!

  • Ryan Sexton

    I really like the linear contrast of this photo.Amazing shot!