Dust from a truck

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Comments (10)

Lilypon on October 6, 2007

By reflex only I just held by breath (it's awful following another vehicle down a dirt road ;).

Boy does the cropland look different down there (there's actually hills, and trees, in the background ;).

Ryan Calhoun on October 6, 2007

Yes, all the farmland is in valleys nestled between hills. It's almost impossible to find a true horizon anywhere. And there's plenty of places for deer to hide. Even when they do leave the trees, they don't usually come very far out into the open, always just a couple of leaps back into cover.

K.Csaba on October 7, 2007

Very good shot and good commposition,congrats.Greetings from Romania.

©junebug on October 7, 2007

Very good picture, Ryan! The road seems endless and I like the lonesome tree on the left! It's a very beautiful composition. Greetings, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on October 7, 2007

Thank you, Nicolas, Csaba, and Anne! I'm used to seeing pickups on gravel farm roads like these, and I thought it was interesting to have a large tanker truck go by. Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 8, 2007

Very nice scenery, Ryan! The earth must be very thirsty, when the truck produces such a cloud of dust! Very well composed with the tree on the left and the bright sunlit yellow patch. It's an interesting picture, the attention of the viewer is being pulled from the tree and sunlit area along the cloud of dust and back again and forward. The sky with the clouds holds it together. Lovely photo! It's living!

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on October 8, 2007

May, the road he was driving on is gravel. Gravel dust always coats white whatever is close to the road. It's a strange sight to drive down a gravel road between white trees. Not far from here is a little town called Times Beach, where they sprayed oil on the roads to help keep the dust down. But then they found the oil contained dioxins which were making people sick, and the only choice was to close the town and burn all the gravel. The incinerator is still buried out there.

Bruce, I've never been to New York, though I know most of the state is forested or agricultural. The land out here is a mix of several different terrains, since it's at the end of the Ozark foothills, and near the junctions of several large rivers. There are many open farm fields like this, but they are all isolated in different valleys, and hills make up the majority of the landscape. I'll have to visit Finger Lakes sometime and see what it's like.

Thanks to both of you!

Greetings, Ryan

Idawriter on May 10, 2008

That is a really neat shot. It's neat to see how long a trail of dust that truck truck actually leaves behind him, and the tree on the left side really seems to balance out the picture. -Malcolm

Ryan Calhoun on May 11, 2008

Thanks Malcolm. I started framing the shot as the truck was driving by the tree, and just waited for it to drive across the camera, so to speak. I just cropped off the top and bottom, but it kind of has a nice panorama look to it, that probably helps out the balance you mention.

Cheers, Ryan

em_mar_10 on January 13, 2009

Fantastic image!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 5, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/09/24 14:18:05
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 50.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash