Shooting from a car window is a bit of a challenge, but with the right exposure factors, it can work. Driving through Wyoming and other parts of the West provides endless vistas and ever-changing geology.




Fluttering around in the oak branches, I was lucky to have the camera in hand to catch this Black Phoebe!  (A big “thank you” to those on Flickr who helped ID this fella!)

Rest and Be Thankful

Views of the Grand Canyon (10 of 12)

“Rest and Be Thankful” was the name of a book by Helen McInnes I read years ago. It came to me as the perfect title for this image – it was a lovely place to sit and be quiet, glad for being able to enjoy the beauty around me.

Apple Trees at Oak Creek Canyon

Apple Trees of Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon comes as a delightful surprise, and one needs to stop to look.  The drive to Sedona from Flagstaff, Arizona, is along a curvy road, one undergoing serious reconstruction when we drove it (bump, bump, bump!).  There are numerous turn-offs for hiking and viewing along the way, but we chose to stop at the Oak Creek Canyon Park to hike.

Originally, a pioneer family settled in, raising food for itself, such as chickens and apples.  The apple orchard is still there, as are remains of the rather fancy chicken coop (see a later photo) built of the native red stone.  In the 1920s it became a resort, evolving from a homestead to a place for the rich and famous.

Now it is an area to be enjoyed by the rich and poor alike, along with tourists and other such riff-raff.  Definitely a beautiful spot!  Bring a picnic and spend a day – plenty to see and do and enjoy.  It was one of my favorite places on our road trip.

Panorama at Shoshone Point

Panorama at Shoshone Point

Digital allows you to use the proverbial scattergun approach to imaging for a panorama . . . film requires a bit more thought through the viewfinder. Parts you think you have disappear, and you don’t know until you have left the place. Sometimes CS6 can fill in the gaps and other times you just have to crop, even if you have a different vision. Ah, well. Here, though, I was pretty pleased, though not perfectly pleased, with the results.

On the Road (in Western Wyoming)

Done properly, images through the windshield or a side window while in the car can be quite fascinating.  The trick was to get the right exposure – and for the V3 I found shutter priority, set to 1/640, seemed to do the trick.  Here, we are enroute from central to western Wyoming, specifically the Grand Teton National Park.

Illusion of Fire

I tried to catch the window on the gallery where I stood one night in Salt Lake City.  The automatic exposure of the XA4 was a long one . . . when I first glimpsed this, I wondered what fire I had photographed.