The Drive to Kingman

The Drive to Kingman

Recently, I have decided to make it a point to go on more adventures. So, Sierra and I decided to go try to take sunrise photos at a place called Willow Beach. This is about a 40 minute drive from where we live and it’s technically in Arizona. Of course, I woke up a little later than I wanted to and we left a little later than I had hoped to, so we missed the sunrise almost entirely. We got all the way to Willow Beach to find out the access road was closed due to flooding anyways. But we weren’t going to let that stop us from going on an adventure. We ended up driving all the way to Kingman, AZ, which is about a 2 hour drive from where we live. We were already about halfway there, so we figured, ‘Why not?’. We weren’t able to stay very long, but the drive was beautiful. Next week, I’ll write about what we did there. For now, these are some of the shots from the drive over.

Camera: Canon Rebel T3i
Lens: 18-55mm
Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom

These two photos were taken from the passenger seat of my car. Both were taken within minutes of each other and in both you can see the old smudged rain spots in the top right hand corner. (I should probably clean my windshield.) However, it’s clear that I edited these two photos in massively different ways. The first photo I edited with a much more pastel, aqua, somber aesthetic. In general, I have always leaned toward a more cool colour palette, based around blues, greens, and/or purples. I am also a massive fan of pastels. This is usually easier for me to do when I’ve shot a person rather than a landscape. It’s easier for me to have more fun with a colour scheme with a person than with a landscape because I don’t usually like to take away from the natural beauty the world offers us; whereas, I feel like a person’s personality can be enhanced by playing with colour. Anyways, the second shot I edited in a much more natural way. I didn’t change that much. If I remember correctly, I just saturated the warm colours of the sunset a bit more. The first one looks like there should be some sort of deep quote over it and it should be plastered on Tumblr, and the second shot looks like it would make a better stand alone piece. Oh well, I gave it a go.

These two shots are two of my favourite shots from this drive. I edited them both with a warmer colour scheme. I was aiming for a more desolate look. The burnt oranges in the first image did a good job contrasting the bright blue of the sky and the slight greens in the shrubbery. The reds from the sunrise in the second photo really made the look I was going for feel more real, even thought the sky is pretty bright towards the top still.

These two photos were my favourite sky photos. I have a thing for clouds. They never look the same and I love the way they break up the bright blue sky. The rainbow in the second photo was just a happy accident, but I ended up loving the way it turned out.

This photo definitely fit my more dystopia vide I wanted from the first two. I love this photo. Landscape photography is definitely my favourite type of photography to shoot. It’s very hard for me to direct people, since I haven’t done much portrait photography and the few shoots I have done have all been my friends or family. I love that I don’t have to direct anything with landscapes. I can wait all day for the right light or the perfect scene, but I can’t very well tell the mountain to “smile with it’s eyes.” (America’s Next Top Model reference anyone? haha) I am very happy with the way this photo turned out. In real life, the mountain’s shrubbery is much greener and the mountain itself is not nearly as burt orange, but the power of editing definitely allowed me to get the perfect vibe I was going for.

My final photo is the first photo I took of the actual city. I guess you could say it’s the last photo from the drive over. Either way, I like this photo because I felt that it captured the essence of what this town is. Kingman is part of the longest stretch of Route 66, and it reminds me of something out of the movie Cars. Overall, I would say I got some really good photos from the drive over. Next week I’ll go over some photos I got while we were actually there.

-Mira

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