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While in college I would spend hours of spare time just driving. I would drive out of Ann Arbor in all directions choosing various roads that led through the farms and small towns of Southeast Michigan. And usually I had to turn back and head home before reaching anywhere. But I just enjoyed the scenery and seeing new places.

On some occasions I would reach the end of the road. For me it was a great satisfaction to see the yellow sign with the two arrows. It was like finding the source of a river far away from its wide estuary. Passing from 8 lane roads between crowded downtown streets, then narrower streets through surrounding neighborhoods before eventually coming to 2 lane roads through the countryside that eventually turned to dirt surfaces. It made me feel like I had completed a full trip.

And then, if there was time, there was the choice. Should I turn left or should I turn right. At the stop sign I would carefully look in both directions and just let whichever seemed to be more attractive at the time pull me. Sometimes I would choose the winding path through hills and sometimes the straight path across farms.

And I still often travel the side roads. I was visiting a friend outside of town and instead of taking the expressway I chose a road that narrows to nothing. And then on my way home I took the back roads that only the farmers use. It really serves as a pleasant and relaxing drive. Especially in contrast to the major roads full of rush hour traffic and construction headaches. And it allows a gradual entry into the city rather than the sudden appearance of subdivisions and strip-malls.

A farmer across the street probably thought I was crazy, crouching down getting shots of this street sign.

I thought I would get a storm, too, for the hunt, but it cleared up after this.

In PP I increased saturation to +17 and played with backlighting a slight bit.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 164 N: 2696] (7296)
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