Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Great Outdoors

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/5.6
Focal Length: 57 mm
Exposure Bias: +1.3ev
Speed: 1/1000
ISO: 200

Welcome to the Great Outdoors, originally uploaded by foolscircle.

When we were on the road as part of the sponsored trip by Red Truck Wines, we came across the Craters of the Moon National Monument, which -in all honesty- is one of the dullest things you can hope to visit whilst traveling through Idaho (thus helping the Potato state maintain its reputation for being dull). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a striking visual, mainly because the black volcanic rock strikes a vivid contrast against the rest of the landscape, but there’s nothing to actually do or see past that. We stopped on a portion of road which was freshly paved and painted, and after snapping a couple of photos of the ominous scenery surrounding the freeway, I decided to try this shot out.

It was a harrowing experience, because the only (sporadic) traffic which seemed to come along were RVs and bigrig trucks. As a result, my two tourmates watched for oncoming traffic in both directions while I lay in the middle of the road and snapped away. I must’ve taken about 30 versions of this before I finally wound up with one that I was truly happy with, but I maintain it was totally worth it.

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2 Comments on “Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Great Outdoors”

  1. Matt Says:

    I love this shot. It’s one of the more visually startling shots in the Wine Bottle series, and is definitely in my favorites list from that adventure of yours. I don’t remember, did the Bottle have some colorful commentary for this day?

  2. foolscircle Says:

    Oh, The Bottle did indeed have some choice words for me about that little incident:

    http://redtruckwest.wordpress.com/2007/07/10/welcome-to-the-great-outdoors-by-the-bottle/

    Seriously, that thing is such a whiner.


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