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Oct 10, 2018 13:48:50   #
rglucroft (new user)
 
I am planning a road trip and would like to take pictures of the passing scenery. What settings would you suggest when travelling at 70mph. I am using an Olympus OM-D-EM1 camera.

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Oct 10, 2018 13:51:39   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
As fast a shutter as possible. Try not to take shots at 90° to the car.
Experiment in the first few miles.
Good luck!

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Oct 10, 2018 13:51:45   #
Fred Harwood
 
Who's driving?

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Oct 10, 2018 13:52:26   #
Georgews
 
None, if you are driving

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Oct 10, 2018 13:54:07   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to our forum!

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Oct 10, 2018 13:59:38   #
orrie smith (a regular here)
 
rglucroft wrote:
I am planning a road trip and would like to take pictures of the passing scenery. What settings would you suggest when travelling at 70mph. I am using an Olympus OM-D-EM1 camera.


There is no answer to your question. At 70mph you will need to be a pro with an amazing camera to get any quality in your photos. I would suggest that you are on a road trip, slow down and stop occasionally to enjoy the scenery and to be able to take photos. If you absolutely need to take a photo while someone else is driving, take straight ahead or behind to restrict the movement, which means your windows need to be clean as you cannot roll down your windshield or rear window. Before you go, check out a website called roadtrippers.com. it is a great site to find things on your route to photograph or visit. Have fun and be safe.

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Oct 10, 2018 14:13:04   #
tomcat (a regular here)
 
1/1,000 sec shutter speed is what we use and pan if possible

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Oct 10, 2018 14:13:44   #
Tom Vargas
 
At 70 mph please keep both hands on the wheel and keep your eyes on the road ahead.

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Oct 10, 2018 14:29:30   #
russjphoto
 
I have on occasion taken shots out the sunroof. I have a couple of cameras with flip out/down LCD screens. Sometimes I just give it a wide lens and a Hail Mary... then hit the motor drive... Spray & Pray!
Also, a fast shutter speed is good for a sharp image, but sometimes shooting with a slower shutter speed while panning or zooming gives some cool results especially at night for light trails.
If you are shooting digital its easy to experiment.

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Oct 10, 2018 14:34:38   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
Assuming you are not the driver, go artsy and embrace the blur. Former UHH member Jim Hill has some fascinating work - which he exhibited and sold. Three examples:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-365233-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-367835-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-365753-1.html

Use somewhat wide angle, set aperture at f/5.6 and ISO on auto. Experiment with shutter speeds.

For long-distant shots such as tdekany just posted below: try f/5.6, auto ISO, shutter speed at least 1/500 second. Close foregrounds will be blurred, so plan on cropping that out unless you want it obvious you shot from the car

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Oct 10, 2018 14:38:52   #
tdekany (a regular here)
 
rglucroft wrote:
I am planning a road trip and would like to take pictures of the passing scenery. What settings would you suggest when travelling at 70mph. I am using an Olympus OM-D-EM1 camera.


Here you go, this was at close to speed limit which is 65mph here. It was getting dark. I shoot from the car very often and in daylight, to me at least, it’s no different than if I were out of the car.


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Oct 10, 2018 14:56:12   #
Just Fred
 
I have not had much success shooting from a moving vehicle. Sometimes there's no choice. I received a number of "likes" for this one, although I don't know why. I don't think it's that good.


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Oct 10, 2018 16:04:26   #
Jay Pat (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the forum!!
Looking forward to your results.
Also, if you haven't found them yet, there are other sub forums you can subscribe to, if interested.
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Oct 10, 2018 19:33:14   #
Stardust (a regular here)
 
I shoot from thru car or bus windows often on trips. Best is to take a day experimenting before your trip but a few key items for best results are clean windows, shoot from the shade side of car to avoid glare and manual focus (usually at infinity) so camera doesn't try to focus on a bug spot or rain drop on window. 1/250 or higher for sharp and anticipate shots so can shoot at 45-90 degrees from side window (assuming no glare). Majority of shots are as sharp as any others. Already mentioned further the scene sharper will usually be.

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Oct 11, 2018 06:21:58   #
zug55
 
Stardust wrote:
I shoot from thru car or bus windows often on trips. Best is to take a day experimenting before your trip but a few key items for best results are clean windows, shoot from the shade side of car to avoid glare and manual focus (usually at infinity) so camera doesn't try to focus on a bug spot or rain drop on window. 1/250 or higher for sharp and anticipate shots so can shoot at 45-90 degrees from side window (assuming no glare). Majority of shots are as sharp as any others. Already mentioned further the scene sharper will usually be.
I shoot from thru car or bus windows often on trip... (show quote)


Like Stardust, I have taken a lot of images from running cars, buses and trains. I agree with everything Stardust says. When traveling by bus or train, I research the route to be sure I am sitting on the shade side. If you cannot open the window get your camera as close to the window as you can to reduce glare. As others said, don't do this if you are driving yourself.

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