Voting Closed – Watch for Winners Soon!

Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening.
Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening.

People’s Choice voting has now closed. But, never fear! We will be announcing all the winners next week! Stay tuned…

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Faces of Transportation Entries Due 8/7!

CRB Top of Tower“Hey, dispatch! I thought you told me I’d missed the deadline for submitting an entry into the Faces of Transportation competition! Over…”

“Say again? I was annoyed that I thought I had another week! Over…”

“You’re telling me they’ve EXTENDED the deadline for 1 more week?! Roger that! But… I shouldn’t delay! All entries must be submitted by August 7 at midnight to qualify. 10-4! On my way to put in the entry now! Over and out!”

Need a Little Inspiration to Get That Transportation Photo? Here It Is.

An unknown worker cuts through re-enforcing rebar in the concrete rubble of a demolished bridge on State Route Four in Antioch Ca. The bridge was demolished to make room for the widening of the Highway and the addition of a light rail system.
An unknown worker cuts through re-enforcing rebar in the concrete rubble of a demolished bridge on State Route Four in Antioch Ca. The bridge was demolished to make room for the widening of the Highway and the addition of a light rail system.

Oftentimes, we give you a tidbit here and there to get you in the mood to get the perfect transportation photo or video, encouraging you to make it and submit it – and be done with it.

But there is a whole world of transportation (and travel) photography that we hope we’re inspiring you to explore, above and beyond our little contest.

Here’s an inspiring post by Joel Bankhead that captures everything we try (and frequently fail) to say about that quest. Read and enjoy!

Did He Need a Model Release?

boulevardYou’ve probably seen it: the iconic photograph Louis Daguerre (the inventor of the daguerreotype) took of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris in 1838.

Because the exposure took about 10 minutes to make, all the moving objects in the frame don’t appear – carriages, pedestrians, horses, etc. are invisible as they moved too fast for the slow exposure to capture them. (Ghost transportation!)

But one gentleman, getting his shoes shined, managed to stay relatively still for long enough to appear as a slightly blurred figure in the lower left of the frame.

Hard to imagine with the cameras we now take for granted. Hard to imagine now that we carry around such sophisticated cameras in our pockets (attached to our phones!), that can capture amazing detail, quick action, and brilliant color.

Something to think about next time you’re out lamenting that the light is just not right…

It’s Summer: Take Care of Your Gear and It Might Win You a Prize in Faces of Transportation!

DOT maintenance worker Keith Monette spreads soil around a repaired pipe on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. The damaged pipe caused a sinkhole at the entrance to a local business. The temperature on this day is near 90 degrees.
DOT maintenance worker Keith Monette spreads soil around a repaired pipe on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. The damaged pipe caused a sinkhole at the entrance to a local business. The temperature on this day is near 90 degrees.

Maybe you’re a seasoned photographer, with years of experience under your belt, working in all sorts of conditions. Maybe you’ve been working outside all of your professional life, taking photos in good weather and bad, cold and hot, wet and dry. And you always get the shot!

Or, maybe you’re like us: we sometimes don’t do the right thing every time, and treat our photo gear… well, not in the best way. Sometimes, in our excitement to get the best photograph EVER, we don’t do what we should with our camera (keep it clean, dry, and safe.)

Even the most prepared photographer has those days when things outside are working against her, and everything doesn’t go as planned.

Don’t worry! There’s lots of advice for you to consider before you even put the camera in the bag, and strap on the tripod. Take this great article by the folks at PetaPixel, for example. Or this one excerpted from Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography by Dan Bailey.

Read up before you suit up! And bring back that prize-winning shot!