The winding road

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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)

17 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    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!

  2. Scott Ackerman
    Scott Ackerman says:

    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”. 🙂

  3. A.Barlow
    A.Barlow says:

    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.

  4. Mike
    Mike says:

    @ 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!

  5. Jesse
    Jesse says:

    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.

  6. Kristi Hines
    Kristi Hines says:

    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!

  7. Anne
    Anne says:

    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.

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