Views From A Window

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

Views From A Window

You may have heard of the term “shooting from the hip”, but have you heard of “shooting from a window”?  This method of shooting opens up a completely different perspective to your images…

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 24mm, 1/800 sec, F4, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 24mm, 1/800 sec, F4, ISO 100.

For travel photography, we are all used to the usual method of taking photos by walking up to a scene, composing, and taking the shot. However, if you are a passenger on a driving holiday in a car, coach, bus, or even in a taxi, you can still obtain some great images while on the move even without stopping. Just remember to never to do this if you are the driver!

When taking photo’s on the move you can still use the fundamental basics of composition, framing, viewpoint, and rule of thirds, to name a few.  What would otherwise be static scenery images will take on a “dynamic” element as you are moving while taking the image.  In the below image you will notice that the grass at the bottom of the photo is slightly blurry from the movement of the car, whereas the main content of the image is sharp.  This image now has a dynamic look to it whereas the same scene taken from outside the car from a stationary position would look very static.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 32mm, 1/800 sec, F4.5, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 32mm, 1/800 sec, F4.5, ISO 100.

In order to capture images whilst moving, you will need to set higher shutter speeds. These images were preset on Shutter Priority to 1/800 sec and the car was moving at an average of 100 kph. You need to adjust the shutter speed accordingly, depending on the speed of the moving vehicle.  The idea is to capture some motion blur while maintaining the main part of the image in sharpness.  This gives a scenery image some dynamic “punch”, a different element of interest to the standard type of landscape images.  Incorporating other elements like the car dashboard in the first image help to convey the dynamics of movement, and is an item you would not normally expect to find in a scenery image.

Because my passenger will be taking these images, I preset some of the settings before taking off on our journey.  Some of the images below were taken with the car moving at 100 kph.   These yellow flowers were a common sight on the Tasmanian roadside.  You will notice how the white flowers are slightly blurred, this gives the image the visual aspect of the car movement.  I deliberately left the top of the car mirror showing to further emphasise that the camera was not stationary.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 1/800 sec, F3.5, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 1/800 sec, F3.5, ISO 100.

Even this nice panorama image was taken straight from the car at 100 kph with the car window wound down. Sometimes while travelling you will see great scenery but may not be in a position to stop and get out to take the photo due to road and traffic restrictions.  By shooting through the car window, we were still able to capture this nice landscape scene which allows the driver to concentrate on the driving but still enjoy the memories from the photos.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 1/800 sec, F3.5, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 1/800 sec, F3.5, ISO 100.

This image above was selectively cropped to create the panorama.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 38mm, 1/800 sec, F5, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 38mm, 1/800 sec, F5, ISO 100.

As you can see from the landscape in this image, the driver had to have full concentration on the driving as this was an extremely windy and narrow stretch of road leading into Queenstown.  The colours of this area were spectacular to capture but due to the nature of the road the best way to remember this scenery was to capture the images through the car window.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 38mm, 1/800 sec, F5, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 38mm, 1/800 sec, F5, ISO 100.

You need to be particularly careful when taking photo’s as a passenger not to distract the driver from their focus on the road.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 20mm, 1/800 sec, F4, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 20mm, 1/800 sec, F4, ISO 100.

Some of these photo’s would not have been possible to get as there was nowhere to stop and hop out.

You can also capture some good street scene’s as a passenger when in tour buses or similar.  These types of vehicles usually travel at a slower speed so maintaining a higher shutter speed will capture a nice sharp image.  A shutter speed of 1/200 sec was enough to capture these images from a tour bus.  Again, we could not have stopped to get these photos.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 26mm, 1/200 sec, F4, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 26mm, 1/200 sec, F4, ISO 100.

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 1/200 sec, F9, ISO 100.

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 1/200 sec, F9, ISO 100.

So next time you are on a holiday, or on a Sunday drive, take the camera, but let someone else do the driving!  Happy Shooting!

Best Wishes

Ozlight Adventures Team

 

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