Daily Image - Jan 2012 Archive - sonofjohan
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23 Jan 12.  Well, after traveling over 5,300 miles, including of course the sea miles, I think the thing that most occupied our travels, excepting weather, was the number of trucks (18 wheelers) we met on the Interstates. Not a pleasant experience, and certainly not the courteous and helpful drivers of my youth. These guys were about as aggressive as anything I've encountered and only maybe 5% were driving legally which made it especially interesting on those sections of the road that were just two lanes. On our return leg of the trip we were held up for over 3 hours in a 6 mile line up at a checkpoint for required chains on the vehicles near Redding, CA. Four miles of trucks single lane plus 2 miles of trucks in double lane equating to approximately 750 semis bumper to bumper. Leaves one wondering if we can't do a better job with our interstate commerce. Had a short talk with a trucker in Shasta City, Ca who said that backup was small; he had encountered a larger one a couple of years ago that was 60 miles long and he was in it. Minutes after talking with him we traveled a couple miles south to an exit called Truck Village. On the way down to San Diego I had noticed to late to do much about it other then get off the freeway and go back a large plot of cement with dozens of very colorful trucks parked in it (Truck Village). It really caught my eye and I talked about it for a goodly portion of the trip. On our return I was determined to shoot it. We passed it in the dark on the return trip and in snowy conditions, so we stayed overnight in nearby, Weed, CA, and tried again in the morning. The morning was off and on blizzard conditions and close to blizzard conditions when we very carefully made our way to the exit to try and shoot the scene. It took a bit of effort, far more than I had imagined it would, to get my shot, but persistence paid off and I got a couple acceptable images that show what was there. The shot I got in the snow is quite a bit different from what we saw in the 60+ temps and bright sunshine on the way down, but I'm thinking the stormy version is a better shot overall. ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 6.3.

23 Jan 12. Well, after traveling over 5,300 miles, including of course the sea miles, I think the thing that most occupied our travels, excepting weather, was the number of trucks (18 wheelers) we met on the Interstates. Not a pleasant experience, and certainly not the courteous and helpful drivers of my youth. These guys were about as aggressive as anything I've encountered and only maybe 5% were driving legally which made it especially interesting on those sections of the road that were just two lanes. On our return leg of the trip we were held up for over 3 hours in a 6 mile line up at a checkpoint for required chains on the vehicles near Redding, CA. Four miles of trucks single lane plus 2 miles of trucks in double lane equating to approximately 750 semis bumper to bumper. Leaves one wondering if we can't do a better job with our interstate commerce. Had a short talk with a trucker in Shasta City, Ca who said that backup was small; he had encountered a larger one a couple of years ago that was 60 miles long and he was in it. Minutes after talking with him we traveled a couple miles south to an exit called Truck Village. On the way down to San Diego I had noticed to late to do much about it other then get off the freeway and go back a large plot of cement with dozens of very colorful trucks parked in it (Truck Village). It really caught my eye and I talked about it for a goodly portion of the trip. On our return I was determined to shoot it. We passed it in the dark on the return trip and in snowy conditions, so we stayed overnight in nearby, Weed, CA, and tried again in the morning. The morning was off and on blizzard conditions and close to blizzard conditions when we very carefully made our way to the exit to try and shoot the scene. It took a bit of effort, far more than I had imagined it would, to get my shot, but persistence paid off and I got a couple acceptable images that show what was there. The shot I got in the snow is quite a bit different from what we saw in the 60+ temps and bright sunshine on the way down, but I'm thinking the stormy version is a better shot overall. ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 6.3.

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