The winding road

(clickity click on the image for a biggity big version)

I know, a road shot right?

This is yet another shot from my trip to Nelson/El Dorado Canyon southeast of Las Vegas back in mid-March. The clouds, the light, the winding road…were almost too much fro me to handle. I saw too many shots I loved and had to reel myself in thinking “Do you really need 25 more road shots Mike??

My real, unabashed answer to that from deep inside me is YES…but in reality, certain road shots are special, most aren’t and you gotta know when it’s worth it.

This photo was actually unplanned…I had parked on the other side of the road and was shooting some Cholla cactus on a hillside that were amazing looking with the sunlight (you may remember this shot). But as I turned to walk back to the car, I just stopped and saw the road.

A quick pause here. I love being a photographer. I love looking at something and seeing beauty in it that perhaps another person would never notice. It’s something to embrace.

The image above, for me, was full of unique elements that made it worth shooting. First off the light shining further up the road. The second was the way the elevation slopes upwards instead of down. The way it winds right to left and then back right. The way it rises on the bends. The clouds. The hills.

Sometimes scenes like this one speak only to us, not others. Not everyone else is going to appreciate it, or love it the way I do. But that’s okay. Be proud of what you see and what you compose. Own it, grow it, get better at it.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.8, iso 100)

  • Brian Matiash

    I can look at these road shots all day long. You keep sharing, I’ll keep enjoying. Really nice job with the post.

  • Chris Kenison

    Loving this shot, Mike. I really like the DoF you captured! Well done.

  • Chris Nitz

    Your road shots rock, so you just keep on a taking them so I can keep on enjoying them. I really like the processing on this as well! Very well done!

  • Chris Frailey

    Geeez another one. Nice shot Mike. Love the selective blur.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Agreed on the focal point. Really dig the shot. And I hear you on seeing the beauty of things others would miss. Often times I tell the wife, “that would be a pretty sweet shot” and she almost always comments back, “eh”. 🙂

  • andy gimino

    I agree…keep sharing these mike. They are awesome! I love these types of shots and i can appreciate the artwork in them.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    I never tire of your road shots Mike! This one is really good! I like use of FP here!

  • A.Barlow

    When I read El Dorado Canyon just had to check it out. Love that place! Really good capture of the road too.

    I think the ones these shots speak to tend to have a more emotional attachment or a memory of place like this.

  • Brian Furbush

    Can’t say enough about your road shots…simple but so effective every time. Great shot and a nice use of FP as well.

  • Mike

    @ Barlow – Awesome, kind of cool to meet someone who’s been there!

    Thanks all for the kind words…it’s hard I think when you shoot something that’s been done over and over before…road shots are nothing new. But perhaps they speak to us in new ways, or we can try to capture them with a style that hasn’t been done.

    Appreciate you all stopping by!

  • Jim Nix

    Great shot Mike, well processed and well written I might add! Nice work. Jim

  • Scott Wood

    Great image Mike. Really enjoy the DOF/selective focus you used. Really adds a nice mood to the image.

  • Jason Hines

    There’s a lot of road Mike. Keeping shooting :).

  • Heath O’Fee

    Big fan of this one, Mike. I think the subtle lighting on the hillside on the left makes it for me.

  • Jesse

    At the end of the day you gotta shoot what you love and the passion will show through. This is another great shot and I look forward to the next.

  • Kristi Hines

    I don’t see anything wrong with lots of a particular type of shot. You can almost go back to the same place and see something different to compose with it. Roads are no exception. Each one looks different. Great job with the processing too – it has a tilt-shift like effect which I love!

  • Anne

    Many road shots have been taken, some bad and some good. But no matter, it is your road shot. If it another one of your road shots, each shot evokes a unique emotion or memory so it is still worth it.