Road Trip! 19 Remarkable 'Road' Images - Digital Photography School

Road Trip! 19 Remarkable ‘Road’ Images

Roads… they’re all around us but I’ve never really considered them to be in my most photogenic subjects list. But maybe I need to rethink that!

Image by Paolo Margari

Image by Bartek Kuzia

Image by Matthew Fang

Image by gari.baldi

Image by eir@si

Image by Shahram Sharif

Image by Martino\’s doodles

Image by purplemattfish

Image by MSH*

Share a link to your favorite ‘road’ photo in comments below.

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  • Leo

    June 16, 2013 06:18 am

    Imperesive, nice shots!!!

  • Hayden

    May 14, 2013 05:09 pm


    Please see link to Photo in South Africa......Love it as it just went on forever.

  • jrwills

    May 11, 2013 01:48 pm

    Southwest USA, Rt 89 Cameron AZ to Vermilion Cliffs. We were on the move and my wife was shooting pics through the windshield. This one got my attention because the sign was spot on.!i=1333018473&k=WTjPn9n

  • Ashiq

    May 7, 2013 05:37 pm

    One from a novice

  • Akshata Nagesh

    May 7, 2013 02:10 pm

    Hi! wonderful road pictures :)

  • claudio Sagripanti

    May 4, 2013 04:17 pm

    thanks for sharing wonderfull pics!

  • nms

    May 4, 2013 02:53 pm

    Some really good shots, but without camera, settings, and other info...not informative.

  • Tyrikus Cunningham

    May 4, 2013 02:48 am

    Photo by me. All roads lead to the cross:
    Actual link

  • taren terrill

    May 3, 2013 05:32 pm

    this is awesome!

  • taren terrill

    May 3, 2013 05:30 pm


  • marius2die4

    May 3, 2013 05:16 pm

    Some roads from Europe, Romania


    May 3, 2013 04:43 pm

    here is a beautiful and inspiring one!

  • Madhujith

    May 3, 2013 02:48 pm - Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India - Ballalarayana Durga Trek, Karnataka, India - Nandi Hills, Karnataka, India

  • Ashish

    May 3, 2013 08:32 am

    A lovely one i got in india

  • Giles W Bennett

    May 3, 2013 07:42 am

    Here are a couple of mine. both very different from each other ;-)


    thanks for bothering to look G

  • Diane Bohlen

    May 3, 2013 06:52 am

    Love these shots. I enjoy taking road shots through the car windscreen while a passenger.. I like the converging lines and the "S" curve both of which I learnt about here on DPS.

  • greg

    May 3, 2013 04:42 am

    I'm beginning to hate HDR

  • Tom

    May 3, 2013 03:34 am

    That's a nice collection of road images, great idea! Here are a couple of remote roads I've traveled.

  • Fábio Petry

    May 2, 2013 10:11 pm

  • Steve

    May 2, 2013 05:36 pm

    Road to Mount Cleopatra in the Drakensbergs, South Africa.
    Roads can make a great lead in

  • Cristina

    December 30, 2011 01:53 pm

    I love these kind of photos! I now feel inspired to shoot more roads and play with perspectives. This is one of my first ever DSLR shots, taken in Greece:

  • Annemarie

    December 30, 2011 05:05 am

    In Münster, Germany

  • raghavendra

    December 28, 2011 07:05 pm

    Roadways in night
    showing the clouds too!

  • Tina Manley

    December 28, 2011 03:00 am

    Sacred Valley Road in Peru:

  • meyerise condo

    November 24, 2011 01:36 am

    I do accept as true with all the ideas you've introduced for your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too short for newbies. May you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  • Andre

    June 12, 2011 09:17 am

    All of them look really good, but I patrticularly like the 3rd one. It looks so simple yet so inspiring, and the word on the road is utterly threatening... I LOVE it !

  • Andrés

    June 2, 2011 12:59 pm

  • tuplia pulchella

    May 27, 2011 10:15 pm

    These photos are so so amazing.I can't stand to view them again and again. I love photography too much. Someday,I do hope I can also take like these nice photos

  • Paavo Tawast

    May 27, 2011 09:07 am

    Took this one at our road trip in Iceland. This place is only 30km from Reykjavik.


  • Claire Flynn

    May 26, 2011 04:59 am


  • Jim Scott

    May 25, 2011 03:39 pm

    Great shots. Very well done, like them a lot.

  • dok

    May 25, 2011 03:10 pm

    The place taken now by (very) highly post-processed photographs is impressive. I'm 30, I shoot digital but I sometimes feel like an old man who would miss the film good ole times :-)

  • RAj

    May 25, 2011 03:16 am

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  • sameer

    May 25, 2011 01:21 am

    some photographs i pointed-and-shot over the past few years...
    New Zealand:

  • swalkr

    May 24, 2011 04:29 am

    Speaking of road trips!

  • dmitriyk

    May 24, 2011 02:13 am

    I like this one. ;)

  • claudio Sagripanti

    May 24, 2011 12:24 am

    Castelluccio is in the middle of Marche region in Italy

    [eimg link='' title='Castelluccio Road' url='']

    Takeshita Street is one of the crowded street in Tokio

  • Darren Davis

    May 24, 2011 12:14 am

  • Darren Davis

    May 24, 2011 12:13 am

  • Dewan Demmer

    May 23, 2011 10:50 pm

    @Jim. I really liked the bridge shot, especially since it would seem said photographer was standing in the middle of traffic on a traffic island. Hope he/she wore reflective clothing.

  • Jim Scott

    May 22, 2011 11:09 am

    Good presentation, some great shots there. I like them very much.

  • mick boyd

    May 22, 2011 10:22 am

    I notice no-one commented on the last photo,looks like the Tower of London.Well shot,I thought.

  • Dave Nelson

    May 21, 2011 09:57 pm

    hi all,

    some road pics with a "twist" ;) on a recent trip to Christchurch, NZ had a chance to survey where the fault trace crossed several roads just west of the city. As can be seen they are no longer a straight line, having now been offset by up to 4 metres horizontally


  • Dave Nelson

    May 21, 2011 11:52 am

    Hi gang :)

    Also just back from a trip to NZ
    Here's a couple of road pics with a "twist" The roads were offset up to 4 metres horizontally and ~ 1 metre
    vertically by the Sept 4th 2010 M7.0 earthquake


  • John Holmes

    May 21, 2011 06:54 am

    You might like this picture taken while crossing the salt flats in Tunisia.

  • Claire Flynn

    May 21, 2011 04:54 am

    [eimg link='' title='On your marks, get set, go!' url='']

  • Claire Flynn

    May 21, 2011 04:53 am

    What a great idea, taking photos of the journey rather than just the destination.

    Here's my fave road image in my collection.

  • Jarrod Whitehead

    May 21, 2011 02:43 am

    I love the Image by Berenice Decados, the simplicity of the dirt road and contrast of the available light. These images give me some inspiration for the weekend ahead. Wish I had some road pictures to share.

  • Dewan Demmer

    May 21, 2011 02:15 am

    I enjoy these articles, they always remind me how far I still have to go ... Epic Photos.

  • Rajesh

    May 21, 2011 02:06 am

    all pics r nice, Should inspire

  • Scott Fillmer

    May 21, 2011 01:51 am

    Just awesome shots, love the different perspective everyone can bring to one shoot. I did some "yellow line" shots a while back and they have been some of my favorites - basically a DOF test - macro shot of the road

  • Carrie

    May 21, 2011 01:27 am

    Gosh, I really hate HDR.

  • Facundo

    May 21, 2011 01:10 am

    Here are my 2 cents.. ;)

  • beausmiley

    May 21, 2011 12:01 am

    Love the pictures posted! These are a couple that I have taken...

  • Karen

    May 20, 2011 10:28 pm

  • Ceri Vale

    May 20, 2011 09:45 pm

    @ DrZaius

    I think you've missed the point - I believe that photo is of a REAL street scene and has either been taken using a tilt/shift lens or has been processed to look like a model/miniature. Considering you BELIEVED it to be a model of a street scene, i'd say it worked perfectly :-)

  • Eiler Hansen

    May 20, 2011 08:03 pm

    Just outside my village, Leirvik, on the Faroe Islands.

  • Arvind Devalla

    May 20, 2011 04:34 pm

    My photos... shot from a point and shoot in Death Valley

  • Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    May 20, 2011 03:51 pm

    I took this on our road trip back from Yosemite National Park I titled it Popcorn Popping on the Tree. The drive through agricultural land in California is pure magic.

  • DerekL

    May 20, 2011 03:33 pm

    One caught while geocaching up on the Olympic Peninsula near Sequm, WA:

  • SJCT

    May 20, 2011 02:27 pm

    i wish I had a good "road" picture to post here. These are amazing. I'll work on it now! This post has inspired me.

  • sorin

    May 20, 2011 02:13 pm

  • Catani

    May 20, 2011 01:37 pm

  • Julie

    May 20, 2011 12:13 pm

    It stopped raining long enough to catch this.

  • Terri

    May 20, 2011 12:02 pm

    Thanks for all the information. Any other suggestions as to neutral places for mini shoots? Parks, quaint towns, etc. I don't necessarily want shoppers from craigslist coming to my house for a shoot. Also, while prices we might charge for our shoots are personal, can someone just give an idea of a price 'range'? That would be helpful. I've done a couple unpaid shoots but just received a request and would like to offer minis. Great idea.

  • Romain

    May 20, 2011 11:59 am

    Really nice pictures!

    I also enjoy shooting the highway next to my working place in Tokyo:

  • Ania

    May 20, 2011 11:24 am

    They are all fantastic... thank you for a wonderful selection and a reminder that something as "plain" as the road we are all on everyday could be so beautfiul :)

    I have one similar to the one by joiseyshowaa...

  • Alla Ponomareva

    May 20, 2011 11:00 am

    Another one from me, but this one is a beach, where a tractor decided to make a road for himself. Enjoy!

  • Alla Ponomareva

    May 20, 2011 10:58 am

    Here is my interpretation of roads, taken around midnight in Daejeon, South Korea. I love the lights that shine like little suns

  • Mei Teng

    May 20, 2011 10:38 am

    Inspiring. Love all the images.

  • Pat Zahn

    May 20, 2011 09:11 am

    Thanks for this, it helped me take a trip down memory lane and inspired my latest blog post (that includes a "Road Trip":

  • Glenn

    May 20, 2011 08:11 am

    These are all brilliant. In particular I like the 1st shot - tilt shift is pretty cool when done right.

    Here's some of my attempts at taking photos on of the road...

  • AR Cherian

    May 20, 2011 07:51 am

    I was fortunate to capture this shot of the Loneliest Road in America at dusk. No post-processing done.

  • Petri

    May 20, 2011 06:48 am

    Thanks for the post and all the commentary, really inspiring stuff. I took my favourite on a road trip from South Africa to Lesotho. And this was before I had my real camera :)

  • Eddo

    May 20, 2011 06:10 am

    Cycling in autumn is just golden...

  • DomiKetu

    May 20, 2011 06:09 am

    Lovely collection. Thanks for sharing.
    Here`s another one:

  • Sweet Ronit

    May 20, 2011 06:03 am

    These are so inspiring! One of my faves is the 4th from the bottom. Here's mine, shot along a rural road in Southern Africa:


  • allen furst

    May 20, 2011 05:59 am

    This set of images, which runs the spectrum from the ordinary to the surprising, is a great demonstration of how (1) great lighting, or (2) a well-placed foreground object, can turn a ho-hum image into something that makes us sit up and take notice.

  • Pishtii - Ahmet Baristiran

    May 20, 2011 05:45 am

    The Metropolis That Is Istanbul...

  • Jeff

    May 20, 2011 05:23 am

    Love the tilt-shift one up top. So many good photo opportunities with a tilt-shift lens.

  • GeoCrawford

    May 20, 2011 05:01 am

    I absolutely love road pictures, and the greater the variety, the better. They shouldn't all be views into the long distance (which not all of these are - that's good). Some stories can be told with just a short section (especially the 4th and 2nd-to-last here.

    A few of my own:

  • Gee

    May 20, 2011 05:01 am

    Roads (not to forget sidewalks too) have provided lots of opportunities for me in the past. Sometimes a road in a countryside scene is also perfect to lead a viewer's eye through the picture to the main subject or mountains in the distance. Here are a few:

  • martin7

    May 20, 2011 04:59 am

    all of the photos are great, each one of them shows different point of view, different technique, different settings, lensbaby, hdr, long exposing time, every photographer tried to show something special they have seen, special to them means exciting and new to us as well, great selection. :)

  • corina

    May 20, 2011 04:58 am

    Both the blog header & the post The Road Ahead offer different perspectives of travel...

  • Jeffrey Moy

    May 20, 2011 03:53 am

    Here's one that I took several days ago in Hong Kong...thanks for sharing the rest of the photos.

  • JesseAdams

    May 20, 2011 03:39 am

    A beautiful road leading to some sun kissed mountain peaks in Banff National Park.

  • PHugger

    May 20, 2011 03:31 am

    Saratoga Springs, NY - Avenue of the Pines


    May 20, 2011 03:24 am

    I really really interest the one. Image by Shahram Sharif.....that feeling....I can touch the sky...! Thanks you so much!

  • swalkr

    May 20, 2011 03:05 am

    I like "road photos", but every one is manipulated to the max. What happened to "real" photography without all the "over-the-top" manipulation?

  • DrZaius

    May 20, 2011 03:05 am

    @michelle, I've have to disagree with your opinion of the 1st photo. I think it's the worst of the lot. As a miniature trying to look like life size it's a complete fail. The colors are way too saturated for a real scene, the DOF is much too narrow for a photo taken at this distance and the lighting is all wrong.

  • rio h.

    May 20, 2011 02:56 am

    Sorry (again).. can't tell if I'm posting the links wrong. I've never shared my photos here before until now.

    Again sorry if I've posted too much

  • rio h.

    May 20, 2011 02:51 am

    I went on a lonely photowalk to take some street photos. This was a rare day for me to be alone (no kids, no work!) and to just spend time with my two cameras I hardly spend time with. I didn't edit any of the photos here, it was more for me to just shoot and learn.

    This is Market St in San Francisco, usually very busy. But this was the day of the tsunami warning after the Japan earthquake, and downtown was quite empty and quiet. This was around lunchtime.

    Other photos from the same day:

  • Jimi Jones

    May 20, 2011 02:49 am

    These are awesome! I have always loved bread road shots. :-)

  • Chris Quinn

    May 20, 2011 02:48 am

    This has always been one of my favorite road pics.

  • Samyak

    May 20, 2011 02:34 am

    my road trip pic:

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    May 20, 2011 02:31 am


    Another shot of the Iconic Flatiron Building in NYC - a bit of Motion Blur Traffic to add to The Road Theme!

  • Kiran Gosu

    May 20, 2011 02:28 am

  • Tiffany

    May 20, 2011 02:28 am

    I love all the images!

  • javier

    May 20, 2011 02:22 am

    Roads really have something enticing about them...

    Close shot, rainy road:

    Wide shot, sunny road:

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    May 20, 2011 02:19 am

    WOW! Great collection of Road Images! Super Inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

    Here is another from The Big Apple!

  • Celesta

    May 20, 2011 02:18 am

    I love to be on the road and to take travel photographs... Great selection of road images in the article.

  • Addie

    May 20, 2011 02:11 am

    Is the first picture tilt and shift or are those really toy cars? ;)
    All of them are really great, I like the 4th and the 8th the most.

  • melana garcia

    May 20, 2011 02:11 am

    I don't agree that roads don't make great photography subjects. It's actually quite the opposite I think, roads are loaded with great historic meaning, hold a lot of heritage and are quite often situated in amazing natural locations...this is why these pictures are so picturesques..

  • Adin

    May 20, 2011 02:05 am

  • William Burnett

    May 20, 2011 02:02 am

    This is really more of a handcart photo than a road photo but the handcarts were lined up along the road and it really struck me how the Mormon Handcart Pioneers must have felt pulling the handcarts across the American West and then finally arriving in Salt Lake City and pulling them to a stopping place along a road instead of the plains and mountains that they had crossed. The site of a road must have been a physical manifestation of relief from the arduous travels that they had just accomplished.

  • Ed Walker

    May 20, 2011 02:01 am

    Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, it was only after I realised it is very similar to an Annie Leibovitz picture taken 30 years before.

  • Lynet Witty

    May 20, 2011 01:52 am

    i ABSOLUTELY LOVE Tambako the Jaguar's LITERALLY took my breath away.

  • Michelle

    May 20, 2011 01:51 am

    I love this article, and the pictures are great! It's a good reminder that sometimes the best pictures can be captured in the most unlikely places.

    My favorite is definitely the first one, because the editing makes it look so much like a miniature that I'm still not sure it's real.

  • elle gee

    May 20, 2011 01:51 am

    one of my favorites. my wanderlust drives a love of road shots.

  • chuck goodman

    May 20, 2011 01:48 am

  • Vincent Goetz

    May 20, 2011 01:48 am

  • Mridula

    May 20, 2011 01:44 am

    Not a great one but you can see the snow around, one of my early picture.

  • Paul Drumm

    May 20, 2011 01:39 am

    I was lucky enough to travel most of the south island of New Zealand at the end of last year in a campervan. My girlfriend did the driving so I was able to snap away and got a few shots of the wonderful roads over there...

    I'd recommend the trip for anyone with an interest in photography as it's full of some of beautiful landscapes and really friendly people.

  • Marco Rossi

    May 20, 2011 01:34 am

    A road image you may like

    Shot in Milan, Italy

    Thanks a lot

  • Tim

    May 20, 2011 01:21 am!/photo.php?fbid=217547624941522&id=196342930395325&set=a.217524974943787.68775.196342930395325&refid=0

  • Coconico

    May 20, 2011 01:08 am

    Some are great, some are in the HDR-madness-trend. Over-saturated color are not the only way to impress an emotion on a photograph.
    I'd love to go on a road trip tho', with nothing but an old and rusty car and a lot of batteries/memcards. I guess some shot are also right around the corner, as I live near a motorway !

  • ScottC

    May 20, 2011 12:56 am

    All great images, thanks for putting them together.

    A reminder of another aspect of traveling to consider as well, I should take more photos of the "journey".

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