Challenge: Gas Stations (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Decatur, Texas
Date: Feb 16, 2009
Galleries: Architecture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2009
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I think this is a filling station where delivery tankers were filled. Since the trucks are fairly high, the equipment is all on a platform. Just to the left of what you can see in the frame are some overhead pipes that I believe were used to pump fuel into the tanks. Here is a full view of the station.
The pumps in this picture would have been for fueling the delivery truck itself.
A combination of research, planning and luck led to this entry. I PM'd one of my local contacts on Flickr who has photographed a few old stations nearby. He gave me a couple of good leads. I also searched my local Flickr pool for gas station photos and found another good possibility which turned out to be only a few yards down the road from the first one (and ended up being my entry). I arrived about 4 pm to catch the good light. My original idea had been to capture the evening sun shining through the translucent top of the pump in front of a restored Texaco station, covered in petrified wood. The sun turned out to be setting directly behind the building and I did not get the shot I had in mind. This one turned out great, however. The light was wonderful, and I think it has as close to an HDR look as you can get within basic rules.
I think this is pretty darn good. Hoping to nail a high score with this one, but it's hard to predict how others will perceive it. A high 5 would be nice, a low to mid 5 would not be unexpected, however.
I like to try to guess the critiques my entries will get. Offhand, the only one I can think of is my choice of crop. I expect some will say I left too much of the background with the trees to the side. I tried it cropped closer on the right, but it didn't seem to flow as well to me, as it put the pumps smack in the middle of the frame.
Did decently scorewise, and placed fairly high in the challenge. Composition was surely what held it back a little, but I really liked some other aspects of the shot and it was a good choice to enter.
Only 31 out of the 253 votes were less than a 5. I think that's a success.
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