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MAP COURTESY OF NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAYS
FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER who likes to
push the creative envelope beyond the camera’s point-and-shoot capabilities, Darren
Rowse, on his Digital Photography School
Web site, suggests “adding randomness to
your photos.” Here are some of Rowse’s tips.
Move your camera. Experiment with
moving your camera while shooting—
Chinook Scenic Byway
THE WEATHER is perfect. The car is running great. That new digital camera is just
calling to be used. What better way to put all
those elements together than to take a nice
daylong scenic drive?
The Federal Highway Administration
has made it easy to find the best routes with
its National Scenic Byways Program Web site,
www.byways.org. The site highlights 126
roads and highways in 44 states that have
been designated by Congress as America’s
Byways. It offers customizable printing of the
information and maps for your journey. You
can even post an account of the trip to share
with fellow adventurers.
Here’s a sampling of some of the routes.
A helpful Web site shows the locations
and highlights of America’s Byways.
Chinook Scenic Byway (Washington).
Awe-inspiring views, lush vegetation and
glacier-fed rivers are presided over by towering Mount Rainier.
Connecticut River Byway (New Hampshire and Vermont). Historic landmarks, with
museums aplenty, lush scenery and dramatic
vistas are enhanced by the beauty of the
upper Connecticut River Valley.
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (
California). Discover the Sierra Nevada and experience the serenity of pristine lakes, mountain
vistas, massive sequoias and redwoods, and
breathtaking panoramas on an exhilarating
ride between Yosemite National Park and
Indian River Lagoon Scenic
Highway (Florida). Beaches, wildlife
refuges, state parks, museums, waterways and even the Kennedy Space
Center provide plenty of exciting digital camera fodder.
Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway (Arizona). Spectacular views
and natural pleasures abound throughout the geological wonders of the
Grand Canyon and abundant wildlife.
Illinois River Road (Illinois).
Follow the route of early French
explorers on a parallel route to a chain
The camera moved with the truck to
achieve the effect above; the tractor
was shot “from the boot.”
of more than 100 linked nature sites, the
Illinois River Country Nature Trail.
Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway
(Kansas). Wildlife such as sandhill and
whooping cranes, pelicans, bald and golden
eagles, shorebirds, ducks and geese fill prairie
vistas under vast skies.—Steve Fisher