My wife and I, along with our four children, took a road trip across several states over the course of 16 days, and we returned about a week-and-a-half ago. It was, at times, especially epic, and we saw some amazing places. I, of course, captured the whole thing using my Fujifilm X series cameras.
Upon returning, one of the first things I did was review the images that I had captured. I noticed that there were a lot of pictures of things I saw along our highways. Oftentimes when we stopped for gas or to eat, I’d capture some images of what was around. I had many photographs of different sights that were found along the highway. Some were immediately off the highway, while others were perhaps a half-block away from the highway. I felt that, as long as the highway was clearly visible from where I captured the photograph, it was alright to include it in this series.
I decided to break this Photoessay, called Along The Highway, into several segments organized by states. The first part, which are viewing now, is Colorado. These are the pictures that I captured while traversing along the highways in that state.
The highways in Colorado were open and oftentimes lonely. That is, outside of the city limits, as we sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Denver at one point. Sometimes towns were far apart and it seemed like we were far outside of civilization. We crossed mountain passes and saw some amazing scenery! Many of the towns we drove through had quite obviously seen better days, and they sharply contrasted the natural wonder that was never far away. It was almost as if these communities were not supposed to be there, that they were holding on with their last inner strength against an unseen force to rid them from this place. Either that, or the residents lost sight of the wonder around them, and neglected to maintain what those who came before had begun. This is not unique to Colorado, but a phenomenon seen throughout the west. It was simply more obvious this trip. It was, at times, depressing. But the highway compelled us on.
New Mexico West Texas East Texas Oklahoma (Color) Oklahoma (B&W) Wyoming
Hej Ritchie. Very interesting and very nice pictures – as always. Could you in your articles also tell which filmsimulation of yours you have used for the pictures? Stig
All of the color photographs in this article were shot using my Kadachrome II recipe, which are just shared today.
The b&w are all Acros Push-Process, I believe.
I just added two of your older film simulation recipes for the X100T to my X-T2. I am experimenting to find my own but wanted a starting point. I’ll add this one for the X-Pro 2. Thanks.
It’s fun to play around and find what works best for the look you are after.
very nice pictures, using a 60mm (a bit tele?)
Thanks! I like the 60mm lens, not only because the optical quality is excellent, but also because it allows me to more easily remove unnecessary elements from the frame. Photography is often an art of subtraction, and a telephoto lens makes that a simpler job. I enjoy the challenge of wide angle, too. You have to think about the scene much differently depending on the lens you are using.