Looking south on I-91, just north of Downtown Hartford, CT. Even at 11 pm, there is still plenty of traffic coming to and from the city. This is part of my daily commute, into the city, then out again to my home, in the country. 🙂
So yesterday’s post wasn’t a work of art, that’s for sure. What you saw was my reward for 4hr, 8min of grueling Tough Mudder! It was probably the most awesome thing I’ve ever done, and a TON of fun! I am defiantly going to do it again next year!! When I posted that photo, I was at some small pizza joint with my team, reliving the glory of the day and refueling our bodies for the drive home. If you are interested in a physical challenge, I HIGHLY recommend you go to www.toughmudder.com and finding the nearest event, signing up, and training for it!
On my way home from spending the day with my teammates at a post TM hang out, I noticed all the other people headed home after their weekend’s actives. I got me thinking, I wonder what they all did this weekend? Did they have to work? Did they get to spend it with friends/family? Was it a terrible weekend? We all probably had different weekends, but we all had one thing in common: we were all going home. Home to rest, relax, prepare for the up-coming work-week.
55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Going Home)
55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Tail Lights)
55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Coming Home)
Sunday evening as I was driving home, turning off the highway for the last stretch of country road, I looked up and saw some bare trees sillueted against a deep blue sky. Something in me told me to pull over and shoot. But I didn’t listen. So this evening I set out to capture it. However, halfway to that point, I looked in my review mirror and saw the orange sky and a big, knarley oak sillueted against it. This time I did stop and spent some time shooting from different spots near where I parked. If this looks familure, it’s because it’s the same area I shot “Life and Death” back in January. This is a different tree, just across the road and down about 20 yards.
I’m still going to try for the other shot someday. . .
Today my gf and I decided that we would like to walk the Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Thames River (I-95) between Groton and New London, CT. It is about 135 feet (41m) tall and 6000 feet (1800 m) long, making it CT’s longest bridge.
I’ve driven over this bridge hundreds of times, but never walked over, and since today’s weather was nice (45 F and sunny) I figured, why not 🙂
This first photo was shot from near the apex, towards the Groton side. The industrial looking complex you see in the distance is the New London US Navy Submarine Base, where I was stationed before I separated from the Navy.
This second photo was from under the south-bound lane, facing West looking into New London. I really enjoyed looking at the geometry of the bridge’s support structure.
This last shot is of Horse Pond, north of Waterford, CT, as the sun was setting. My gf noticed the view as we drove by, so I pulled a U-turn and came back so we could shoot it.
This afternoon was a rainy afternoon here in CT. And as such, everyone on the freeway decided that they couldn’t drive more than 35 mph. So I decided If I was going to crawl along at a snail’s pace, I would detour and parallel the highway on city streets. My thought was that I probably won’t lose any more time, plus I’ll get to see an area of town I normally don’t get to see. And maybe I would see something worth shooting.
But alas, the surface streets were crawling, too. It took over 30 min to less than a mile. As I’m sitting at a light I’ve watched turn green many time, I let my mind drift from my predicament and my focus locked onto the red dots in the rain drops on my wind shield. And since my camera was near by, I grabbed it and was able to improve my mood a bit 🙂
But as I continued to crawl, all I saw was red. Not anger (ok, maybe a little), but the sea of red tail lights stretched out in front of me like a slow-moving ribbon.
As I was leaving work this evening, an hour later than normal, I glanced up from the road and saw a beautiful sky! I drove a little out of my way to get away from the business park and found an open field where I could pull over, set up the tripod, and capture the sky. Then I turned around and pointed at the traffic circle (round-about, for those from other parts of the country/world). The surrounding towns put these in, most of which don’t have any other roads off of them, to keep the semi-trucks from taking a short cut through residential areas. I’m not sure how well they work, ’cause I’ve seen tracks go over the top of them, or cutting the corners. Problem not solved, and everyone has to deal w/ driving around these. Gotta love government solutions (stepping down from my soap box, now).
A friend & initial photography mentor and I decided to do photography challenges periodically, and for this week, he chose “red.” I’ll get to choose the next challenge.
So today on my way home I was thinking what I could shoot that is red or has to do with red. And as I was sitting at a traffic light, it dawned on me that the reason I wasn’t going anywhere is because the light is red! It was a fairly long light, and the though came quickly, so I grabbed my camera and tried to capture a red light at night. The shot I like best (or am least unimpressed by) is one that I took out of focus. You can see the three stop lights and the brake lights of the car in front of me. It would have probably turned out better had I parked and set up the camera on my tripod and took my time, but that will have to wait for another day.
55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 (Red Traffic Light)