Part of the problem was that I saw SO many things that I would have loved to stop and take pictures of as we traveled along, but when it is going to take you 8, 9 or 11 hours to get to your next destination you don't have a lot of time for leisurely stops. So I did the best I could, getting out of the car every time we stopped for gas, and taking a few shots.
In the age of cellular phones, you don't see to many phones like this anymore. This one was located in North Dakota.
While traveling I did drink in as many details with my eyes as I could, remembering them for the future.
The abandoned houses, the shacks leaning at such an angle that I am surprised they continue to stand. My favorite was a boarded up Catholic church of a rusty salmon color on a hilltop on US 2 in Montana. That one will haunt me for a while.
As we traveled along some ideas were born, some things that I am excited to work on this fall. Things that I will share when the time is right.
My saving grace was my iPhone. I am so glad that I started Big Picture Classes Phone Photography class before I left for vacation. It got me using my phone for pictures on a daily basis, so the thought process was natural by the time we left for vacation. I didn't do very good following their daily prompts, but the first one, from where I stand, stuck hard. On July 1st, I started taking a picture of someplace that I am standing every day. I thought it would be a great thing for vacation to document where we were each day. I figured if I could make it all the way through July, I might actually be able to do a 365 project of that, so that is a goal I am aiming for.
On most of our hikes, I didn't take my dSLR, I just took my iPhone. So much less to carry, and I was very happy with the results thanks to all the amazing apps. out there. So in future posts about our vacation you will probably see as many iPhone pictures as you do of pictures taken with my big girl camera. I never thought I would say that.
I found that with my iPhone photos I used those mostly to tell a story, hence a lot of collages using the app. PicFrame. With my dSLR I focused more on the beauty of the surroundings.
If anything this trip has made me more determined than ever to follow my passion for photography and blogging and continue to grow and improve both on my dSLR and my iPhone.