Highway 209 | Luck, NC | Picto Project Week 5

Route 209

This image is from a ridgetop on Highway 209.  It’s a long connecting road between Hot Springs, NC and Waynesville, NC.  We had just passed through the town of Luck.

And I got lucky.

Believe it or not,  I shot this image from the windshield of my car (no, haha, I wasn’t driving).  We were headed around a hairpin curve and it was a horrible place to stop because anyone coming around the bend wouldn’t have time to press on their brakes and avoid hitting us.

So, hurriedly, I captured this image as my husband slowed the car down, but couldn’t stop.

Maybe another photographer would have found a place to park and walked back up to this view.

Okay, so I did that.  And I didn’t like the images.  I liked the one from my car, taken on a whim.  But, the tinted windows acted like a filter on my camera lens and I really liked the effect.

I need to investigate those filters more.  Seriously.

I wonder what sorts of lessons you can learn taking a photograph from a moving car with an unexpected result?

Don’t plan your photos so carefully?

Welcome accidental shots?

Or does that mean you are getting better at identifying a good shot subconsciously, and only afterward you realize it’s actually a good photo?

I have no idea.  I just know I like it.

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15 thoughts on “Highway 209 | Luck, NC | Picto Project Week 5

  1. Beautiful and some of the photos I used on my own blog today were from when my brother and I were in the car (and yes it was moving)! So I can totally relate to your post and photography today!! 🙂

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  2. I totally agree that some of my favorite pics are the ones that were just taken on whim! Like this one too, Cyndi. Awesome you took it in your car – just goes to show that planning stuff isn’t always the way to go!

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  3. dontcha loves digital photography?
    I am making this statement on the basis of my personal enjoyment in takin pitchas, not to be confused with being a skilled (and talented) photographer.
    Both are fun.

    ( Have been known to simply hold my camera up through the sunroof and click away, interesting results… lol)

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  4. Great shot Cyndi! To took some pix while Dave was driving to see how they’d come out…some are pretty cool! But not as good as ^!

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  5. I love that you took this from the car and that is so good. Someday I hope to get a better camera. I vote for accidental photos that turn out good as who knows what you might capture by accident.

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  6. I don’t know how I missed this post of yours but came back to comment because that picture is amazing!! I also take a lot of photos from the passenger side of the car while my husband drives. Almost every time we go out I snap away. Of course it’s with my cellphone and not a real camera, but you’d be surprised by the good pictures that turn out at the end of it. I think the tinted windows with the trees make this picture. I’d want to hang this in our lounge. It’s that good!

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