The Pursuit of the Perfect Picture

by Jessica on November 4, 2011

A great picture~~of a mirror.

When you are roadtripping, it is amazing how quickly the scenery can change.   On a recent trip, we had the towering skyscrapers of Chicago in our rearview mirror and were still in a fast paced urban mood as we headed north towards Wisconsin.  In almost an instant, the scenery transformed into rolling, bucolic hills of green and gold that were dotted with picture perfect red barns paired with proud silos.

This one is perfect, just imagine it without the fence.

I grabbed my camera, as the top of each hill revealed another green roofed, red clapboard barn, and I wanted to capture the postcard ready image.  Snagging the perfect shot while barreling along the highway proved to be somewhat of an elusive pursuit, however.  With regularity, we would top the hill and see a gorgeous sprawling scene of farm and field that I would furiously try to capture on film while hanging sideways out of the car window.  Then I would spend the next part of the trip lamenting the loss of a perfect shot with seemingly perfect lighting.  Like the ebbs and flows of the hills we traveled, this photographic cycle of elation and dejection continued for a good part of our trip.  


My dear husband quickly discovered that the only way to stop the madness  , and my incessant mumbling, was to stop the car.  And so he did. Right in the middle of the road.  Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth (and not keen to become road kill), I jumped out of the car and clicked as fast as my shutter could handle.   In the end, it may not have been the perfect picture with the rolling hills and checkerboard fields, but I got a picture.  Not just a picture of a barn though, but a picture that reminds me that love is expressed in all kinds of ways, and sometimes love comes in the form of a husband stopping the car in the middle of the road for his perfect photo crazed wife.

~This photo is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby and Friday Daydreamin at R We There Yet Mom?


Becca@R We There Yet Mom? November 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

Seriously??  I thought I was the only crazy that would be depressed for hours if I didn't get a chance to snap the perfect picture on trips!!!! Thank goodness there are others out there like me!!!
Thansk for linking up – I LOVE your picture!!!

Lisa November 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

Glad you got your perfect picture!  I'm still mad that I didn't get my husband to stop the car when we were driving north for Thanksgiving so that I could get a picture of the beautiful fall leaves.  I keep telling myself that the picture wouldn't have done the view justice anyway!

Steve November 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

LMAO…you know I have to take the husbands side here right? I've had to stop in some bizarre places because my wife needs to take a picture, and I love the visual of you hanging sideways out the car window because I've seen Lori do it soooo many times.
I just hope Lori thinks I stop out of love and not my desire to get the craziness to end! 

wandering educators November 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

we stop the car, too. and wisconsin is a great place to stop – so many beautiful views!

walkingontravels November 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

At least you weren't the one driving!!! Before Dek came along I was very guilty of trying to drive and shoot at the same time. That's worst than texting! Thankfully my little boy has come to be more important to me than a photo. I've also learned that if we are going the scenic route, the hubby needs to drive or I need to stop the car and get the shot I actually want, not just a lot of bad shots of stuff I can't later recognize. 

Sonja November 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

That farmhouse looks make-believe, like a painting or something.  Stunning.

Sophie November 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

That's such a sweet story – and nicely framed shot. Wisconsin looks quirky and beautiful in a nostalgic, old-world kind of way.

Barbara November 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Beautiful picture and great story!!

Tracy November 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

ha, when we were in Vietnam last year my mother and her partner joined us for a three week tour. They spent the whole time with their camera's glued to the windows of the vans trying to capture that 1 in a 1000 picture that actually comes out in focus when you are shooting out the window of a car. I spent my whole trip laughing at them. And then we set off on our own road trips around Australia and Thailand … and there I was with a camera at the window of the car. My husband gave up and pulled over as well. I love the last lines of your post.

Kalista November 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

This is hilarious!  My husband can totally relate!!  And the picture is beautiful!  

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