Mass Observation Project: Travel & Transport

by Michael Sakowicz June. 06, 2011 1580 views

CAKE - Stickshifts & Safetybelts []

Much like all the other MOPs, I either forget and scramble around at the last minute for a shot, or over-think it and go crazy trying to capture something suitable. The later was the case this time around and this is what I ended up with.

I actually shot a Smart Car that was decked out advertising a barber shop with a picture of a guy with a huge afro, but it was low light at the shot came out like crap. Maybe I'll try to shoot it again another time.

As for this one though, it sort of satisfies a couple of things I have really been wanting to experiment with in recent days. One, HDR and two, clouds. Oh how I love clouds and actually plan to shoot and post a series on them. For now, this will satisfy both those thirsts.

Transportation I know is a thing of interest all over the world and my experience with it here in a huge metropolis like Miami can be summed up by answering the questions proposed by the MOP.

How do people get around in your part of the world? Cars! Nobody walks anywhere, few use public transportation, and when they do it sucks because it doesn't go anywhere since we don't have an ‘L’ or a subway; and cyclists are treated as less than dirt around here.

Is private or public transport predominant? Definitely private.

Is travel easy or difficult? Travel / Commutes are HELL here thanks to lack of infrastructure and a good means of public transportation.

What about transport over different terrains? South Florida is as flat as a pancake, so the terrains are not an issue.

Are there regular places that you travel to? Regular routes that you take? We have a few major highways that EVERYONE uses on a daily basis .

Are there places you cannot travel to? If so, what holds you back? It's tough to get to middle of the ‘Everglades’, which is a national park in Southwest Florida. There are plenty of routes in and out of it, but it's not ‘easily’ accessible for me.

Is traveling seen as an end in itself or simply as a means of getting from A to B? Pretty much A to B, but there are places to be seen on the roads around the state.

What about transportation of other things, not just people? I use a donkey to transport rolls of over-exposed Kodak film to and from my parents house every weekend, it's a good method to get that rich, clear picture.

How much preparation needs to be put into traveling, Does it just happen or does it need to be planned? People down here don't even make plans to eat, they just get up and go where and when they please.

More takes on this MOP can be seen here [].

Find out what this whole ‘MOP’ thing is by clicking here [].

Hey, if you made it reading this far down, well damn, I'm humbled. I don't know why I got so carried away with this post, but it was fun. Cheers.

Nikon D70s | f/7.1 | 1/200“ | ISO 200 | 18mm
Nikon D70s | f/10 | 1/400” | ISO 200 | 18mm
Nikon D70s | f/5 | 1/100" | ISO 200 | 18mm

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Mike 9 years, 10 months ago

Any specific reason you chose 3 different apertures when composing this HDR? I've never seen anyone do that before.

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Felecia Eby 10 years ago

Very cool shot Mike! I will be looking forward to the car with the barber shop. I think we in Astoria must be one of the biggest bicycling areas in the US. You've never seen so many cyclists. And a lot of them go great distances daily. (Sadly, I am not one of them)

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Sandyk 10 years ago

great post and picture

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Leocheung 10 years ago

I like travel on foot :))

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Art Bee 10 years ago

You are so right about people and cars! Too many living in the urban spreads where travel is essential. Love your sense of humour Mike! Great editing and your HDR makes a car in the driveway look dreamy!

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Christa 10 years ago

If you travel one day until Portugal by car, don't forget to bring such a thing for the windshield!
Great shot and good looking with some HDR.

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Lynn 10 years ago

LOVE IT!!! Super editing and great composition :))

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Anna-Marya Tompa 10 years ago

what a shame that you end up so car dependent; I didn't have a vehicle for the last few days and I'm glad to say I could actually manage which is a good reminder how to live

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Jack Castelo Branco 10 years ago


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Jacki 10 years ago

OK, so maybe it's a "little" over the top HDR... it's still a cool shot, I like the perspective! :)

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Gonia 10 years ago

I like this picture very much, if you want to have great emotions, great adventure with travel - go to Poland and travel with polish trains - no word can describe what you will feel...

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Sandra Vermeulen 10 years ago

Neat post Mike, very neat ... but sad you did not post a shot of your donkey. ;-)

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Jennye 10 years ago

A very cool shot, indeed! ..and I love your answer to the last question.
Clouds are my next favorite thing after sunsets, so I'm looking forward to your upcoming series!!
...awesome song too! =)

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Marsha 10 years ago

Cool shot and looks like Florida! I've always been to lazy to put one of those things in my windshield. Really interesting reading all about driving in your state! My memories of being there are a gazillion miles of interstates lined with fences to keep the alligators out!

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Gerd Korts 10 years ago

This HDR makes curious to see more, especially as you are not known for that yet. And clouds ..... you can take them for the MOP as well What else is transporting that much water I am asking myself as we have a very wet early summer here

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Thebronzebow 10 years ago

Great shot, love the colors. HDR was perfect for this.

ps, donkey's carrots? :)

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Jarvo J 10 years ago

Neat post Mike. Love the glowing effect in the background to your shot. Perhaps that's the light reflecting off the donkey's carrots.

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