Once again, evening rolled around, and I hadn’t taken a photo, nor did I have a good idea for one. It was another sunny day, with perfectly cloudless skies, so I decided to take a drive before the sun set. I headed out of town, and turned off onto the country back roads. I was hoping to find an old barn, but I was open to anything that caught my interest.
It didn’t take me long to get out in the middle of nowhere, or at least as out in the middle of nowhere as one can get in the Midwest. I found myself surrounded by lush green fields. The terrain was slightly hilly. I pulled off at several spots along the road, just to take photos of the landscape.
Roads themselves are a draw for me. I love the visual of a solid black strip winding through the natural landscape. This is particularly true when both the road and the landscape are devoid of human life. I revel in the solitude of a road going nowhere. Roads also appeal to me because of what they suggest: travel, the unknown, desolation.
The sun was sinking fast and I was losing light. Sunsets are another favorite subject of mine, but the lack of clouds meant there would be no color tonight. Fortunately, I had found a rare spot around here, a place where the horizon isn’t blocked by buildings or trees. I shot a few frames of the sun touching the hillside. My favorite of the day incorporated both the sunset and the empty road.
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/50 sec exposure, f/5.6, ISO-100.