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Challenge: Free Study 2010-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Adrian, Texas
Date: Oct 11, 2010
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Travel, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2010

The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian Texas is located exactly at the middle of historic route 66, 1139 miles distant to both Los Angeles and Chicago. My wife 21_F.gif Cowtownmom and I drove this way on the return trip from a vacation to New Mexico. We missed the exit for Adrain because of an error on the AAA guide to rout 66. I was fine with pressing on to Amarillo, But Ellen REALLY wanted to have a piece of pie at the Midpoint Cafe, so we turned around. Unfortunately, the cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, but we were rewarded with this wonderful sunset scene instead. This truck appears to be a guestbook of sorts, and has been covered with autographs by visitors to the cafe.

I did a lot of hand held HDR shots on this trip, and this one was one of the most successful efforts. I was surprised at how many of my bracketed sets aligned nicely for the merge.

I had initially posted this is the monthly side challenge, but removed it when I quickly realized it had potential to be my freestudy entry.

I think this is one of the more technically perfect challenge entries I have ever done, and I expect any critiques will fall in the category I consider to be personal preference, rather than serious flaws.

Anticipated critiques:
-Some may not like the way I framed the scene with the carport, and will think I should have cropped in closer.
-Telephone poles in background. (I cloned out some minor signs, posts and a modern lightpole, but I felt the telephone poles gave some context to this rural scene.)

Post-challenge notes:
My best scoring FS to date! Can't have any complaints about that!

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 316
Avg (all users): 6.5490
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.4182
Avg (non-participants): 6.8837
Views since voting: 1780
Views during voting: 283
Votes: 153
Comments: 24
Favorites: 6 (view)


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09/19/2011 11:17:50 AM
I would love to drive Route 66. That's on my bucket list.
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06/09/2011 05:49:15 PM
That light on the side of the car is plain awesome.
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01/04/2011 06:07:59 AM
Nice one! Yes, you should have cropped in closer. Still beautiful anyway.

How come I never pass places like these?
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11/09/2010 05:14:14 PM
Very nice shot -- beautifully done!
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11/09/2010 10:40:15 AM
Very different shot beautiful colors.
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11/08/2010 11:40:32 AM
beautiful picture and well executed
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11/08/2010 08:48:55 AM
A small irony in the photo on the right are the blue signs indicating how to get to the interstate highway, which is what killed route 66 as a through travel road.
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11/08/2010 02:45:12 AM
Contratulations, Steve, fantastic shot and great result. You did the right thing removing it from the SC (I should learn from that, my fs entry got hammered :).
I thought this was your truck :).
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11/08/2010 01:23:24 AM
Great job Spiff. I really like this shot. The colors are amazing. Congrats on the high FS placement!
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11/08/2010 12:35:59 AM
I just have the following to say:

I don't like the way you framed the scene with the carport, and think you should have cropped in closer.
-Telephone poles in background. (you cloned out some minor signs, posts and a modern lightpole, but you probably felt the telephone poles gave some context to this rural scene.)

Just joking, I like the photo very much.

The colours made me think of those car advertisements in the National Geographic from the 1960's.


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11/08/2010 12:29:57 AM
I still love it, even without my crop, and you did good not taking my advice to crop!!! Well done Sir!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2010 09:16:33 PM
Very well done. Great shot and I like the subject too.
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11/07/2010 11:20:21 AM
I love the whole combination of this...the sky, sign and truck with all the stuff around it...wonderful job in the PP and Capture of course...lol
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11/07/2010 01:04:04 AM
My first thought was of Cormac McCarthy. It’s spare yet rich and visceral like McCarthy’s prose, though I suppose his colors would be more bleak. A very fine photograph. Thank you.
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11/06/2010 08:29:01 AM
My favorite.
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11/06/2010 12:08:37 AM
nice! Great contrast!
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11/04/2010 11:16:12 PM
amazing work, beautifully-composed and the post process is flawless.
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11/03/2010 02:13:37 PM
Delightful shot, set up , and colours.
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11/02/2010 10:55:01 AM
makes me think America as soon as i look at it, Really nice photo perfectly composed and i like the processing, an 8.
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11/02/2010 03:00:50 AM
Nice use of framing elements. Interesting subject. Feels a bit overprocessed, especially the background.
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11/01/2010 07:58:59 PM
Wow, this is a great shot. Love the background sky.
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11/01/2010 07:03:28 PM
Very different and unique.
Beautiful colours. This surely should score highly.
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11/01/2010 05:01:17 PM
Well, there it is! Let me know how it's doing. Processing looks great!
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11/01/2010 12:11:41 PM
lovely! very old timey - great color and composition!
top 3 for me I gave you a 9!
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