365-286 Drive time

I had to work on a project today that required me to drive through the city. Since Pittsburgh does not have a beltway highway system, to get from one side to the other you have to either drive through the city or through crowded suburban roads. I haven’t done this commute in quite some time since most of my work in recent years has been in more rural areas. Traffic backs up at the tunnels leading into the city from two different directions. If you are just going through the city, once you get through one tunnel and pass the city center the traffic speeds up as you go through the outbound tunnel. Everything reverses in the afternoon. Throw in some construction or an accident and it really becomes a mess. If I had to do this every day I would think about reconsidering my work or residence in order to eliminate it. A serious waste of time.

Between commuting and staying on a job site all day I didn’t get to do creative photography. So it’s a good thing I snapped a few pictures from my vehicle during the morning and afternoon drives. As the days grow shorter and work grows longer it’s becoming more important for me to get a photo in as early as possible, just in case I never get a chance again during the day. I don’t get to dwell too much on subject matter, composition, or exposure settings. I have to evaluate and work quick. In and out. I kind of work good under pressure but I still like the idea of just setting up my camera on a tripod at the beach and waiting for a sunrise. A guy can dream,. can’t he? Pentax K20D, DA17-70(a.m.) 55-300 (p.m.)

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Commuting, A.M.

© David Guidas


  One thought on “365-286 Drive time

  1. October 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Such a cool photo! The first one is awesome.

  2. October 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Both are great shots artistically. The thought of being trapped in traffic jam in a tunnel that the bottom one brings to mind is a little unsettling, though.

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