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Friday, 02 March 2012


Hah....I see it...took a while though....

Just watched an item on BBC tv reporting research on the effect of in-car smart phone use on reaction time. Phones are worse than alcohol or cannabis, and phones made test subjects 3x slower to react than alcohol. Save us from drunk driving pot smokers checking their facebook.....

Gets better if you know a little German since the word on the back screen, 'Leer', means 'empty' - or a town in East Frisia, a region often made fun of in Germany.

Sixty Five MPH in a snowstorm! and he's using one hand for his phone to take a photo and the rear view mirror is obscured with snow! :( Glad I'm not sharing the road with HIM.

@Rowan: Ah, but if this was in England he would not be the one driving the car!

See, bokeh can be dangerous!

Let's petition for a "Bokeh Kills" warning to be put prominently on every fast lens!

Took an out of place American car amongst the Aussie Korean numbers on my iphone today, complete with a novelty licence you might like AND left hand drive.

I always thought "bokeh" was an ugly word, and seeing it attached to that big, ugly brute of a vehicle does not change my mind.

I presume that the photographer and the driver are one and the same, in which case the photographer doesn't seem to put much importance in paying attention to his driving, as others have rightly commented.

I have a messed up foot and walk with a limp because someone else wasn't paying attention to their driving, and not a day goes by without it affecting my life. Not a week goes by without it stopping me from doing something because it hurts too much.

The photographer hasn't even cleared their side mirror, a job of a few seconds.

It goes without saying that only photographers find this amusing. Would photographers who don't read blogs and forums find this amusing or would they be clueless like the general public. Just wondering...

By the way, the most obvious in your face safety issue is the covered-up rear view mirror. Gees people!

Easy fellas..... any good photographer would have to get the shot.... My other hand as well as knees kept my car rock steady ( as you can tell by the clear photo ) and traffic was light... I may have taken a bit of a risk, but it wasnt without thought and careful consideration. Dan Colucci

Honestly, I believe I've seen that truck in person....and no, that's not my Tacoma.

Curmudgeon mode: For the love of Pete, [hang up the phone/put down the camera/stop fixing your makeup/don't eat breakfast] and drive.

65 mph. Check.
Snow storm. Check.
Cell phone use. Check.
Snow covered side mirror. Check.

Glad I wasn't a passenger. Check.

A good idea for safety - clean off your driving mirror (then we would be able to see who took the picture)

Oh man, more complainers. Read the fine print on the license plate - Live Free and Die.

You can't assume the camera car wasn't right hand drive and it was the passenger that took the picture

Among my (myriad, weird) hobbies is collecting vanity plates. I think I've seen this one! Hey, it's only one state up from me. (And if not, thanks - I've got a new entry in my list.)

By the way, given the subject, should we be concerned that the photo seems to have no out-of-focus areas at all?

Hopefully Dan knows he can use the volume button to activate the shutter and didn't use his other hand to tap the shutter on the screen!

Obviously bigger news that the 5D Mk III!!! *grin*

Is the iPhone 4S considered an antique/classic camera now? :)

You made my day OK!

I'm impressed that he got the phone up and set for camera mode in time to get that! Maybe he saw it in the mirror and had some time to prepare. Guess it would have had to be the inside mirror :-).

Wow, fantastic plate! :)

Looks like somebody's judgement got blurred too.

You know Bokeh is not a nice thing to call someone in Japan right? I wouldn't want it on my license plate. It is, after all, a derogatory term.

In Holland it would set you back 180 Euro if the freindly neighbourhood police force found out about it. The strange thing is though that if I would have used a camera instead, I would be given a warning and probably a stiff one too, but no money would change hands unless of course I would blur the bokeh licence plate with my front bumper while doing so.

Greetings, Ed

Oh yes... if using a phone while driving is dangerous, imagine how bad taking pictures while driving is, and worse still, shooting video... but, it happens. Sometimes you just gotta get the shot!

Although novelty plates are much harder to come by in England, aren't they? You can't get them made to order, you can only arrange to get from somebody ones that already exist, or something like that?

I just posted my own effort, 1/30th @ f/11, 75mph.

Arizona Highway: http://robatkins1.blogspot.com/

Although I would never do it on a crowded fast moving roadway, I plead guilty to having done it recently (with an actual camera) on a not quite deserted rural 2 lane road, snowstorm and all - see it @ anything for hockey

@Dierk: Leer is a company in Elkhart, Indiana, the midwestern industrial town where I grew up. It has no relation to the German word.

Before I enlarged the photo, I thought it said "BONER".

Until I read the comments and looked at the plate, I thought the point was the amazing quality and utility of the 4s camera. You gotta admit, that's pretty good.

Better still - LEER in Spanish means read. Now all he needs is a downward arrow …

All the other driver needs is some budding CSI officer to reconstruct the reflection of his face (see it in between the truck's front and rear wheels) and book him for driving without due care and attention for not bothering to wipe the snow off his mirror.

The photographer himself might have been in the rear shooting over the driver's left shoulder.

All fair enough points, above, but I have to wonder if any of the safetynannies above has NOT made a snap from the driver's seat of a moving car at one time or another.

I suppose he gets a safety waiver since it's New Hampshire. The license plates say "Live Free or Die".

I just need to congratulate you on the title of the post. I chuckled.

Using a smart phone driving in a snow storm at speed with rear view mirrors obscured. Brilliant. Whilst drink driving is demonised, this is three times more likely to result in a crash. Are american drivers as lacking in road awareness as their colonial cousins in New Zealand? Here in NZ, instead of the 2 second gap rule they have the 2 metre gap rule; and instead of "mirror, indicate, manoeuvre" it's "manoeuvre, indicate". It's not health and safety nonsense, it's a total lack of consideration for other road users. Personalised plates are [insult redacted —Ed.]. My other pet hate is stickers on car windows - they're for looking out of for gawd's sake. "Sorry officer, I didn't see the cyclist, my babyonboardsticker/furrydice were in the way"......

Dear Mike
Sorry, I don't get it. What's this all about? Truck frame flexure (it does look like heavily damaged)? Big american truck with german 'empty' sign on the back? 'Bokeh' licence plate? RWD heavy brick making 65+ mph in a snow storm? Or incredible iphone photo sensor performance?


@ Scott Squire: "All fair enough points, above, but I have to wonder if any of the safetynannies above has NOT made a snap from the driver's seat of a moving car at one time or another."

I have not made a snap from a moving vehicle that I was in control of, ever.

Not amused. I was run over by someone using their phone while driving. It cost me my livelihood, my health and my independence.

Typical winter driving...

Moving with the traffic, wet (damp) highway
temperature one or two degrees above freezing resulting in the wet sloppy drive.

As to the photograph, how the heck did the photographer know what was on the license plate, before the photo was taken? Does
New Hampshire have front and rear license plates or just rear plates as some US states
(as well as the Republic of Quebec?)

Still normal driving conditions for many of us who experience winter. Keep the vehicle rolling and prepare for quick sudden braking, so much easier with ABS systems.

It's winter, driving at speed is normal for us. Maybe not you in the southern climes; winter; it is what makes us who we are.

"I have not made a snap from a moving vehicle that I was in control of, ever."

I have to add (since I linked to a shot of mine taken from the driver's seat of a car) that I've done it only rarely, but I shoot blind. I shoot with one hand on the wheel and my eyes where they always are--on the road. I would much rather shoot blind than drive blind.


I live in NH, and that had to be the storm a couple days ago, since we have only had one real snowstorm since October. It wasn't that bad of a storm. 65mph was totally reasonable. I and many others were driving at least that fast in it. The roads were quite clear, despite the snow coming down and/or on the ground. With the right tires, and skills, and vehicle, that's really not as much of a risk as it might sound to the uninitiated-to-winter-driving crowd.

wow.. that's cool :)

From the look of the photo I'd say its a great exaggeration to call it a snowstorm (at best, a lull in a snowstorm). Any shutter speed that would freeze (no pun) the back of the passing vehicle would also freeze falling snow - I often shoot in rainy conditions (am in semi-tropical Brazil where snow is just a remote concept) and the rain is always part of any shot when its between me and the subject. This isn't with a camera-phone, but I'm sure exposure shutter-speed principles are the same. I can easily hold and trip the shutter with one hand on my Fuji camera - part of what I like about it - and body-experience lets me know what will be in the photo - only a rank beginner wouldn't have preset their camera. I'd guess the two vehicle owners knew each other.

I'd add that I have in fact driven in a snowstorm, really a blizzard, so dense that I wouldn't have been able to see a passing vehicle as other than a moving mound of white, but I would never have dared take my hands off the wheel if the car were in motion.

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