"Point Of Interest"
©David A. Ziser
This is an image I made while on our cross country trip last November. Yes, it is a “drive by shooting” image. The sun was setting as we were passing through Phoenix. We had just passed through our third snow storm and finally the clouds started to lift – perfectly timed with the setting sun.
The geography was beautiful and the colors that evening made the setting even more beautiful. We were about to pass this somewhat flattened, pointed shaped mountain. The sun, which was dead center in the camera frame, was not going to move in my composition because it was 93,000,000 miles away. The mountain, on the other hand, was moving quickly to the right of the scene as we sped down the road.
If I could catch it center frame pointing at the setting sun, I thought I had a chance at a very unusual composition. As the mountain neared the the center of the frame I readied for the shot. I only managed to get two shots off – this was the first of the two and also the best. Timing was everything.
That’s why “drive by shootings” are so much fun to try to capture. You better know what you want in the frame, time yourself (and camera) for the moment, and hope you get the image you want. It sure keeps you on your compositional toes ;~)
Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 70mm, F9.0 @ 1/320 second, ISO 800. Enjoy! -David