Like photographing a Roadrunner in the wild; one must think quick and have a long lens.
The window of opportunity closes fast when we spot a sign on the side of the road. So the real challenge becomes photographing them as we drive by. If Dennis can’t turn the motorhome around, I make do. And while most of my sign photos are shot from the Yeti window, some I’ve darted out into traffic to get, and others we’ve taken on uncharted sign shooting excursions. National Geographic, watch out!
Still, I miss so many of these great old neon signs as we wander past.
I use my iPhone because it’s readily available, but it lacks a long lens and that sucks. Having a split second to capture a cool old relic, taking my one chance opportunity, and bam– a light pole, box truck, brick wall, or just sky… and no trace of the sign in the frame.
It’s not that we don’t have time to stop–it’s just that we’re already driving incredibly slow. We like photographing neon signs from our motorhome window because setting up a tripod would take the excitement out of it.
We hope you enjoyed this little slice of Americana and offbeat roadside art, captured by us, aboard the Cheddar Yeti. So, if you too find yourself enamored by these kitschy roadside sightings, go ahead and check out our growing Neon Sign photos page.
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