All Entries In! Now the Judging Begins…

Thanks to everyone who entered AASHTO’s 2013 Faces of Transportation Contest. All qualified entries have been received – and we received some great ones this year!

Currently, our judge is in the process of reviewing all of the submitted photos and selecting the winners in each category. We are also preparing the photos for posting here for the People’s Choice voting, so watch this space for that to begin shortly!

Deadline Extended!

John C. Allen, chair of the Vehicle Probe Project Suite User Group, displays a Congestion Scan, one of the many data visualization tools developed by the University of Maryland's CATT Lab, which are used to facilitate improved transportation planning and operations. The Suite Dashboard is pictured in the background.

John C. Allen, chair of the Vehicle Probe Project Suite User Group, displays a Congestion Scan, one of the many data visualization tools developed by the University of Maryland’s CATT Lab, which are used to facilitate improved transportation planning and operations. The Suite Dashboard is pictured in the background.

In order to allow you an extra week to get your best transportation shot, we have extended the deadline for submittals to AUGUST 7, 2013!

Please be sure to fill out the entry form, caption, and, if appropriate, the model release form before sending in your photo.

Looking forward to your entry!

What Gear Do You Need to Take a Great Transportation Photo?

Surveying Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Korean Air cargo jet flying over.

Surveying Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Korean Air cargo jet flying over.

We’re of the opinion that a great photograph can be taken even by a cell phone… Especially in the world of transportation, where the subjects are often moving, or brightly colored, or outside. Other than being safe, the most important thing in transportation photography is reconciling these aspects of the situation.

But, for some, gear is vital. Our friends at The Phoblographer have a great posting on their Essentials series, “The Connected Photographer.” Pretty to look at, for sure!

What’s in your gear bag that you consider essential for transportation photography?

Photographing Orange and Blue

A Utah DOT Area Supervisor prepares equipment for the upcoming avalanche season in the state.

A Utah DOT Area Supervisor prepares equipment for the upcoming avalanche season in the state.

We talked about it last year, but we thought it was time for a little refresher – transportation photography can be saturated with bright colors, including lights, signs, retroreflective materials, safety vests, welding, backlit steam and smoke, dust… and the list goes on.

But these bright colors can be your friend, too. They can lend visual interest and excitement to the photograph, bringing your viewer into the rush and chaos of a transportation scene.

For more tips on using orange and blue, check out this blog post from The Digital Photography School: Making the Most of Orange and Blue.

REGBLOG – Essentials: The Street Photographer With A Strobe

Workers observe a major project milestone on the Caldecott Fourth Bore project in Northern California – tunnel breakthrough occurred in late November 2011 when the top portion of the west and east sides of the tunnel met.

Workers observe a major project milestone on the Caldecott Fourth Bore project in Northern California – tunnel breakthrough occurred in late November 2011 when the top portion of the west and east sides of the tunnel met.

Courtesy of the smart folks at Phoblographer, here’s a great article on using strobes and what that means for your street candids and action shots of transportation at work. Check it out and give it a try! (They have lots of other great advice on photography in general, and equipment in particular.)