Abandoned on Route 66

Abandoned on Route 66

A collection of 4 photographs from Route 66, specifically in New Mexico. Just some abandoned goodness from the Mother Road!

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The Blue Swallow Motel

The Blue Swallow Motel

The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM along Route 66...

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Hackberry General Store

Hackberry General Store

Along Route 66 in Arizona I came across the Hackberry General Store. Well worth a stop!

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Sunset at Cadillac Ranch

Sunset at Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch, which sits along Route 66 in Amarillo, TX has been on my list to shoot for many years.  It finally happened, and the sunset was just stunning!

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Inside the Embudo Gas Museum

Inside the Embudo Gas Museum

If you are like me, shooting a bunch of old gas pumps and other antique memorabilia is your idea of an afternoon well spent!  I did just that in Embudo, New Mexico at the Classical Gas Museum, and it was absolutely awesome.  Here's a visual tour of the inside of the museum - 14 photos in all.  It should keep your eyes busy for a bit!  :-)

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Going back in time in Salado, TX

Going back in time in Salado, TX

How about some pictures of old automotive stuff?  Sound cool?  It is!  It's awesome, in fact.  This is a tiny little spot in a tiny little Texas town, but it packs a serious punch.  Dive in and see all 12 pics, and prepare to step back in time with me!

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The old Texaco station in Driftwood

Old things are just fun to shoot.

If you have been here before, you already know that I love to shoot HDR, and in my opinion, shooting old stuff in HDR is absolutely the way to do it.  Old things tend to possess a lot of character as well as being generally in bad shape, and the HDR process helps extract a lot of that detail and bring the scene to life.  This of course is a personal preference.  I'm sure someone else could justify why HDR is a bad idea with stuff like this.

Anyways, everyone in Austin has at some point been out to Driftwood, TX to shoot this old Texaco gas station. It's cool.  Don't you agree?

In fact, I have been out here and shot it myself, quite a few years back.  But a month or so ago, I got out for a day of shooting around Austin, and decided to add this to the list of spots that I wanted to shoot that day.  I'm glad I did.

It was morning time and the area was completely empty, which is how I like it (and why I went in the morning).  I was hoping for some drama in the sky, but struck out in that regard.  You can't win them all, can you?

Nonetheless, I liked the shots and figured they might as well be shared with the world.  Hope you enjoy these two photos!

Discarded but not forgotten

In the little town of Embudo, New Mexico there is this roadside stop which is an antique gas museum.  It has an amazing collection of old gas pumps, roadside signs and other things from years past.  It is a very interesting place and the collection of Americana is impressive.  It's almost like stepping back in time.  These old gas pumps are lined up everywhere - it's a great place to take photos, especially in HDR since everything is covered in layers of rust.