The Open Road


Daily Photo – The Open Road

I had a long lonely weekend in Iceland, so I took my rental Jeep out into the wild. I drove all over the country from dawn till dusk seeing what I could find. The sky and landscape was an ever changing palette of colors and clouds.

The sun is so low on the horizon during the winter that it is almost like a 5-hour sunrise followed by a 5-hour sunset. I drove up and down one of these highways to the next, listening to all kinds of strange and eclectic music on my iPod, occasionally jumping out to take a shot of something like this… it was a perfect weekend.

In the distance, you can see the snowy mountains which always seem to be just a few songs away.

The Open Road

Photo Information

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10mm (15mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • Jonathan Thomas

    This picture is amazing. Thanks for the new desktop wallpaper. Keep up the good work.

  • Eric

    ha dito Jonathan. I always used my own photos for my desktop background but this photo was just too good!

  • charles

    Awsome picture! It makes you want to go there! You are very lucky!

  • tratcliff

    Thanks all! Sure you can use this picture as your background.. all my stuff is Creative Commons no Commercial.

  • kourosh

    WOW! what time of the day is this? as u said, the sun is so low…I wish there was some other word than “Good Job”, it is not enough for what you do (and it is kinda boring to say good job for each photo that you take, because all of them are EXCELLENT!!)

  • tratcliff

    haha – I think this was around 5 PM or so.

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  • geoff davies

    nice pic of angkor wat temple along with the other one with the tree one, have being they many times worth a visit

  • Mika

    wouuaaaaaaaaoooooooouuuuu !! Very nice picture ! and beautiful light !

  • Aimee

    Beautiful picture! I create the weekly worship slides for my church.( This week is the Blessing of the Bikes (motorcycles) and I googled “open road” looking for a good pic for the final song. (Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down) Your picture is absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for sharing it with the web world! :)

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  • Jan

    WOW! Al I can say is that I’m speechless! When I saw your incredible photo all I could think was:”I want to go there!” Thanks for brightening up my weekend(and desktop)!

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