Challenge: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Palmdale, CA
Date: Jul 2, 2011
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2011
|This diner is part of a roadhouse I read about around two weeks ago, but didn't get a chance to shoot before I left on vacation. But for once, the Challenge Gods were in my favor: upon my return, the Diner challenge was announced, and I had the perfect subject. This roadhouse has been used in several movies, and is available for filming, although no longer open for business.
I drove 150 miles (round trip - gyaban, my renewed appreciation for your extreme dedication...). The 6 lane highway became a 4 lane highway, then a two lane road with small town businesses. Then the businesses went away. Then the houses went away. Then the pavement went away. But I kept driving. Then suddenly there was this roadhouse, in the middle of absolutely nowhere, at the intersection of two dirt roads. There is also a motel component and a tiny gas station, plus about 7 old cars in the back. I had originally entered a more panoramic shot which included the gas station part, and an old Chevy pick-up, but decided this was more about the diner. I was worried I'd left too late to get sunset lighting, so I was rushing a bit, even though I had to pee like crazy. But I got there at just the right time. I only wish there had also been some clouds.
merged 3 exposures in Efex HDR
darkened sign in lower right
darkened a couple of sun flare spots
layers for painting, d&b
save for web
Can't BELIEVE Allen ( nightpixels) ribboned with a shot of this very same place!!! I almost entered a very similar shot to his, but the Cloud Gods were definitely favoring him :-)
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