Photo: The Golden Highway

The Golden Highway
The golden highway: International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach, Florida, near the race track. I shot this through the windshield of the car from a few hundred feet away, with my lens at 135mm, the maximum telephoto. Since my camera has a 22.2×14.8mm (cropped) sensor, that’s the 35mm equivalent of 216mm.

The light around the cars struck me immediately. Shooting through a scratched windshield actually makes the scene more beautiful, because you have streaks of light and contrast around the highlights. The downside is that the photo is initially low-contrast. I cranked up the contrast with curves in Photoshop. Even though this is at ISO100, I managed to bring out quite a bit of grain with the editing. Also, I burned in the corners and shifted the colors more toward gold and red. I’m liking this photo quite a bit.

Don’t give up on the golden highway. It’s there, waiting for you to find it. Even if you have to fabricate it.

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 28-135mm, 1/1600, F5.6, 135mm, ISO100, 2008-11-05T16:54:51-05, 20081105-215451rxt

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Credit me as Richard X. Thripp and link here.

5 thoughts on “Photo: The Golden Highway

  1. I think part of the effect comes from the two cars in the forefront looking so much the same. It adds to the eerie sci-fi atmosphere.

    Impressive start for a 17 year old. I wanna be 17 again :big-grin:

    1. Thanks, Kristi! That’s what caught my eye immediately… glad I had a camera with me. Also my father drives my everywhere (I’m 17) so I can take pictures without crashing because I’m just a passenger. 🙂

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