(In)Frequently Asked Questions
(stuff you might ask if you were to think about it)
I prefer pictures that show the scene at or around the terminus point. While signage is important (and signs must be shown in the picture if they're there), I believe it's more important to show what the driver would see driving up to (or away from) the endpoint/terminus itself.
End/Begin signage at an intersection is, of course, most important and should be part of the picture. Indiana is very good at putting "end" signs at the termini of their state and US routes.
Picture of the north end of the Southern portion of Ind 101, taken by Andrew Smith.
However, you're not going to find "End" or "Begin" signage at every beginning/end point of every road. In that case, usually the best thing to do is shoot the ending/beginning scene, trying to get as much important detail as you can. Usually the beginning point has a sign denoting the highway route number (assuming that Indiana doesn't have any "secret highways," of course -- unposted bypasses don't count.) and the end point is something definite, like an intersection, off ramps, state line crossing, sign, or an overpass or underpass.
Picture of the beginning point of Ind 120, taken by Tom Weinkauf.
With historical endings, present day signage (say, a state road runs through where a US road used to end) is always worth including in a photograph. And again, in case there's no signage, include shots of the intersection.
Picture of the historical endpoint of US 136, taken by Don Hargraves.
It is also useful if you include an explanation. It can be as simple as "Here is were (name road here) ends/begins," or can have as much detail as you feel is needed.
And finally: If you have a photo of a highway end that's better than what I have, is taken from a different angle than what I have, or is old enough to show something of what USED to be there, please let me know. Information that adds to, corrects, clarifies or updates what I've written on my pages is also welcomed.
The minimum I want to show for each endpoint is two pictures: one of the road ending and one of the road beginning. Views from the other road(s) at the intersection are good but not necessary. And while I will accept pictures of stuff around the end point of a road, I reserve the right to be choosy:
Not acceptable (without plaque):
All endpoints are good. What I especially covet are pictures that depict historical endings of existant highways and decommissioned highways.
Historical endpoints point to the developing nature of the road system. Trunk lines shrink back to the bypass for a city instead of ending downtown, or an improvement is done elsewhere, and the road is moved so as to end logically; either way the terminus has changed.
A decommissioned highway, on the other hand, is history. You have a road that was once important enough for the state to maintain, and due to changes or upgrades elsewhere the road gets handed over to local control. The road is remembered by the locals (and maybe a few old signs) and old maps, but newer maps no longer give the road special status, and eventually the maps and locals disappear. Eventually, a few road fanatics and the Newberry Library are the only people with any recorded proof that a certain road existed.
Either way, these now-unsigned points are something which must be recorded. I expect the existing endpoints and terminii to be pictured eventually (barring an invasion of barbarians into the United States, multiple nukes over the middle east, my death or the Movie Industry dictating the structure of the
JPEGs over email are best, as they're easily manipulated and readied for online viewing. It's best to size them a bit large, both in dimensions and in file size, so I have something to work with.
CDs are good storage devices to send over the mail. Floppy disks are accepted, though it will take me some time to juggle between file storage formats. 100mb zips are good, though expensive; 250mb zips are more expensive and aren't nearly as universal for storage retrieval as the 100mb zips. Other formats? Forget them (while I love the 40mb minidisks by Iomega, I doubt they'll be able to do more than a nitch job storing mp3s).
I have, and will accept photos for scanning and posting.
I find sunny summer days ideal. With the sun up high, the skies a perfect blue and the trees in their full leafy glory, the contrast is almost perfect for scenery shots. Cloudy days are okay, but the pictures usually need some adjustment; and sunny winter days (along with sunrise and sunset) are almost impossible to balance the light and colors of the scene (because the sun is lower in the horizon). And forget night pictures!
The best pictures are done by getting out of the car, getting in position (yes, sometimes that's in the middle of the road) and shooting. Photos from inside the car lose detail in the shooting, but sometimes that's the best way to get a representative shot. Shooting pictures while driving can be dangerous.
Well, you shot down my number one suggestion: Find someone else to drive, you shoot the picture.
A second possibility would be to pull to the side of the road and shoot from there, whether inside the car or standing outside and on the side. While not necessarily representative of how people would see the terminus/endpoint while driving (you run the risk of making the sign the sole star of the shot, and any picture would be off to the side of the actual view), such views would be acceptable considering what you're up against. Plus, you'd be able to compose the picture better, making the best of a not-so-great position.
But if you're diehard enough (or foolish/crazy enough) to get the shot while driving down the road alone, it's best to be prepared. My suggestions:
The stuff is good for keeping your windshield clean during the rain. If you plan on shooting pictures through the windshield, though, I would not suggest using it. It leaves a film on top of the windshield which, while clear enough for looking through, reflects light back from the window.
I can't help with money. Sorry.
Interesting question. Actually, I've yet to remove ANY of someone's pictures (except for one of mine) from a page. I've always been able to find some alternative way of describing or posting duplicate
The picture on the left was shot by Daniel Garnell and posted on the Indiana 4 page on March 16. Soon after, I got the picture on the right from Tom Weinkauf. Since the left picture had a long-distance shot of the plaque in the right picture, I was able to use both pictures.
However, even if I end up replacing all your pictures from a page on the site, I will still give you credit on the page for submitting the original pictures.
Just give me the URL to the site where you have your pictures, and I'll put a link to your site.
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