ROAD TRIPS ... blogs, prints, maximum experiences

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    Tammie Dooley... her road trips, her blog, her photos, her personality and abbreviated bio.

    Road Trips ought to be a category of General Discussion or subset of photographers. Maybe that theme would attract younger, more broadly creative people... and women in particular... to Photrio.

    http://soloroadtrip.com it's fun, browse it.
     
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    http://soloroadtrip.com/photography/
     
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    Yes, road trips are fun. I don't hit the road much any more. Can't afford to take off much time.

    Lots of interesting stuff on the road...

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    The blue swimming pool is fantastic, this is the work of yours I like the best , these types of images would be spectacular in tri colour gum.
     
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    IMO narrative about the photographer's experience distinguishes ROAD TRIPS from TRAVEL (as in locations) and STREET. Road trips typically involve talk the travel experience to and through wherever..
     
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    You like the HDR hyper real. I first learned about it from Les Krims. It is single image HDR, you make 3 exposures in Lightroom and process. Using the lazy man's method of HDR software with just one exposure does not yield as good an image. That is the key. Of course, if you have a tripod and can get 3 separate exposures or more that is the best. But not carrying a tripod on my back I almost always use single image HDR.

    The pool photo was shot with a little 16mp Oly M43. I used it extensively about a year. But too hard to manually adjust. I'm an old film photog used of easy manual controls. Could never figure the M43 out, used to shoot it on the dummy setting. So had to give it up. Too bad their M43 was not more like their half-frame film cams.

    Can't say about tri color gum. But wish I knew how to do tri color carbro prints and autochromes. The carbro prints had a wonderful look to them. I'm not much a technician. I am a street photog 1st then a printer / technician / book printer 2nd. (also archivist)
     
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    What do you mean?
     
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    I have seen a lot of your work , and that of Les Krims I think he is from the Buffalo area. I find the surrealistic adaptation of the camera work and post processing is a perfect match to the scenes that you have brought forward. The reason the gum process is that it is permanent, soft palette and something once learned easy and $$ low cost to do.
     
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    Road trips they are very pricey nowadays. The photos I posted above (BW) were shot on a mid-country loop of about 2500 miles. I boondocked the entire trip. (slept in my vehicle) and it still cost over $500 with no motels. When gas prices were near $4 a gallon a few years ago it was really $ to travel. Plus you have to favor in any lost income if you don't get any vacation time.

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    Jersey City campsite

    Working in NYC for me is always camping out in Jersey City. Can barely afford that. Near $500 a week just for parking a tent + a few hundred for gas and tolls + metro + PATH + food. Close to $800 a week to camp out to shoot. If you are young and don't mind sleeping in the subway or Grand Central you can do it a lot cheaper. A one way bus ticket from Philly to NYC is $11. Crazy how cheap it is to ride the bus!.

    I prefer sleeping in my vehicle than a tent. With a tent you have to carry all your gear on your back. At least with a car you can hide some under the seat and trunk. Wherever you put your stuff, the car interior has to have nothing visible or you risk a break in.

    Taking a cross county Greyhound Bus may be an interesting photo project. I'm too old and got sleep / back problems, but some young guy should pick it up.
     
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    Yes Les's HDR work is very nice. He uses a Hassy MF cam. (At least when I had talked with him about it.)
     
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    "road trip" refers to the process of traveling for the sake of the travel more than for the destination.

    A road trip to Grand Canyon might focus less on the Canyon, more on the road itself, the map, restaurants, people met along the way, people we travel with, flat tires, motels, tourist traps ...


    Google "road trip" to see many great examples .
     
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    Yes! An adventure, fun or not.
     
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    In early Oct we traveled from Albuquerque to Bears Ears, looking to see and understand the land forms and probable Anazasi migration route between there and Chaco Canyon. I'll post photos after I process them.

    here's the unpolished note we sent to fambly etc announcing our trip...

    it rained a lot so we never did camp.
    Great trip nonetheless. Other than motels, we stayed twice in Farmington AirB&Bs ... great rooms with their own bathrooms, interesting hosts (a cellist and a motorcycle racing woman)..we've stayed with AirB&B many times with only one mediocre and one bad experience...always half or less $ than typical budget motels. But for America's worst Thai restaurant, I'd be happy to move to Farmington, NM (Paula wouldn't).

    The trip was planned around well documented general theory about movement of Anazasi people from Bears Ears in Utah down to Chaco Canyon in NM, back and forth. Read Craig Childs http://houseofrain.com . I managed to photograph Bears Ears (a distinctive pair of remote mountains), and Comb Ridge, which is a hard-to-photograph, almost impassable, wildly rugged, maybe 3000' steep, 140 mile long upthrust ...I've seen thrilling drone footage. The the startling and somewhat famous Burning House ruin was a muddy hike, somewhere in the middle. I'll send you some images when I get em' organized. There's also a political issue involving Potus as well as the longtime matter of grave robbery. http://bearsearscoalition.org/project/interactive-map/
     
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    I went on a 26 day road trip with a noblex camera and high hopes , Toronto to LA and back. The photo's I took were pretty pedestrian to say the least and of all the work I do it was the least rewarding. I cannot accept
    the concept of going out and looking for photographs, for me I need a concept and long term plan with lots of time and energy to make mistakes.

    Trips like these are expensive and IMO not worth the effort... I knew a very rich man who travelled 6 months of the year, and he took hundreds of thousands of very mediocre photos that were known sites but little time to get to know the regions so they all look postcardish.
     
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    Bob, sorry about your disappointing experiences. I'm sure we all have "a man who" stories. However, I suspect the goal for most trippers is the adventure, "mistakes" and all, more than the photos. I hope you review the OT: http://soloroadtrip.com
     
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    Road Trip to the American Southwest and Americana. Beside the icon shots and landscapes, I have loads of placement and activity type shots as well as personal, maps, etc. The whole thing went into a 30 minute slide show with music of the area that is shown on my HDTV. It tells a story of the trip. Samples.
     

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    Yes the trip was amazing, but trying to photograph it , I would have done a better job with an Iphone.
    I will review the site
     
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    Alan, excellent! One trip? Per your map, you circled around the area we traveled...part of a Jeep group? The place I most recommend is Valley of the Gods, more amazing than Monument Valley and very few tourists. Does your slide show have a script?
     
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    One trip - 16 days. We didn't make Valley of the Gods but we found Monument Valley where we stayed two nights very nice. Our room balcony looked out onto the valley. Of course we drove the valley as well. Here are some of those shots and some other places as well.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanklein2000/albums/72157694819890421

    I'm not sure what you mean by script? They way I set up the slide show, and a few video clips interlaced between the stills, is to tell a story in the show. Background music relative to the areas. For this trip, I have a short video clip taken through the car windshield of the road and surrounding landscape as we went from area to area. It became a driving hazard so I started to use a bean bag to hold the camera steady on the dashboard, which worked great. I'm would narrate a short description of where we were on the way too. I would put a text overlay over the orientation video clips also.
     
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    I guess I could call my 6 months on a bicycle with a 4x5 in NZ a road trip, tho it started as an air journey. Same with the 3 months spent hitch-hiking thru NZ with a 4x5 about 5 years before the bike trip. Many many road trips in my life so far -- a lot in the SW and NW -- hit the road in my bug, no specific destination in mind. I rarely paid for camping, let alone stay in a motel.
     

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