Weekly Challenge – D is for Driving

While perusing on Facebook, I found a group of photographers in Salt Lake City that presented a weekly photo challenge. I relished the idea of a weekly photo challenge in order to try and stretch my thinking and photography skills. Plus, since it’s local, I know a few people who are also in the group, the Capturing True Emotion (CTE) Salt Lake City Photography Meetup group.

The challenge is to start at the beginning of the alphabet and capture a thing, action or emotion that starts with the given letter. Since I didn’t get started until now, D was my first letter. After much thought, and going back to something I thought would be interesting to try a few years ago, I set up the shot in my car. I took more than 400 photos (436 to be exact) and ended up with this one being the best.


I have three others that I thought turned out great, so the set is posted in Flickr if you want to check them out. But here are the details on these shots.

The weight of the camera would toss the tripod to and fro during the trip, so I ended up sticking one of the legs into the back pocket of the seat, which provided the stability I needed. Before attaching the camera, I set it to TV (shutter speed) priority for a three-second exposure. I attached a shutter release button and then attached the camera to the tripod.

During my 45 minute commute, I started snapping photos. I had to remain completely still during each shot so that nothing in the car was blurred, which was not always easy to do to avoid drifting out of my lane, but I let safety trump my desire for a non-blurry shot. I also tried to match the speed to the person in front of me, while waiting for someone in the lanes around me to speed by, thus giving a sense of motion with the blurred vehicle.

Bumpy roads also made this a challenge. Overpasses were the worst, because if the car bumped, so did the camera, making the shot worthless. If I had to turn the steering wheel, or even my hand, it was blurry, too.

All of these factors are what made it a real photo challenge, but if you don’t try, you don’t know. I’ve noticed a few things in the photo that I would want to change to try and enhance it, so I’m glad for the letter D photo challenge this week, and I’m ready to move on to E. Hmmm. What will I capture for next week?

~signed, Carltonaut

2 Replies to “Weekly Challenge – D is for Driving”

  1. I really like your picture and the creativity that went into it.

    I wasn’t able to get out this week, but I really love exploring.
    It will be fun to see what each of us has come up with for the letter E.

    1. Thanks. I’m glad that I got at least a few good photos out of the 400+ I took. Looking forward to the letter E – I already have a few ideas I might pursue for it.

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