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Clearing Storm

I’m addicted to road trips. I do them a little different as I never have a final destination or set goals. Avoiding travel guides is very important because they structure vision and pre-condition the way you think of a place you haven’t seen before. I want to avoid outside influence. I trust my instincts when it comes to photography. I’ll fly to a city I haven't visited, rent a car and head out on the road with no goal other than returning to the same airport after a certain number of days to fly back home. I hit the road to see what’s out there. Every road trip I've taken has been inspirational and fun. It's also good to be reminded once in awhile how fortunate I was to have been born in the U.S.A.

I like the back roads more than the highways but I had been driving in this storm for a while and it was getting dark so I thought the highway would offer more opportunities to find a room for the night.

To shoot another sunset it has to be something really different and this one was… maybe even for a meteorologist. I pulled into the median of the highway to capture the sun breaking over the mountains. Traffic coming toward me on the other side of the highway had turned on their lights because they were entering the storm. I took this shot handheld. Using a slow shutter speed and a rather wide aperture combined with the rain, put a nice glow on their headlights. This one shot alone made the whole trip worthwhile.

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