For a change of pace we are back to automotive images in the blog this week. This image was captured at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show in June of this year. One of the issues that impacts the images that I capture at these events is the fact that all the cars are so close to each other, it can be a challenge when you are trying to capture an image of one specific car. I like to let the viewers of my images appreciate one car at a time. In quite a few cases I resort to employing post processing techniques, and then the likes of Topaz Simplify and Photoshop, among others, come in to play.
Another element that can be distracting in these scenes is the people usually “loitering” around the vehicles. Sometimes I try and wait them out to get an unobstructed view, sometimes I find that if I am patient, the people may position themselves where they can become a part of the narrative of the image. This was one of those times.
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The original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant opened in Glendale, California in 1939 and was named Bob’s Pantry by it’s owner Bob Wian. The story continues (from the franchisor’s bigboy.com web site):
One night in 1937, a regular customer requested something different for a change. Bob went to work and the first double-decker hamburger was born.
Customers couldn’t get enough of Bob’s new creation. One fan in particular was a chubby six-year-old boy in droopy overalls.
He would often help Bob sweep up in exchange for a free burger. In honor of his young friend, Wian decided to name the better burger the Big Boy®. Another regular customer, a movie studio animator, sketched the now famous character on a napkin.
I had my first Big Boy sometime in the 1950’s at their drive-in restaurant on Van Nuys Boulevard, in Van Nuys, California, which was a major cruising destination. We would order a Big Boy Combo which was the Big Boy double cheeseburger, fries and a salad which consisted of a wedge of iceberg lettuce and their Thousand Island or Blue Cheese dressing. That would be accompanied by one of their thick chocolate shakes that came in a silver goblet and which were so thick, you could turn the goblet upside down and the milkshake would almost stay in the goblet. Instead of a straw we would use a spoon.
Of course those were the “good old days”, and often times things are never the same. When we visited a Bob’s Big Boy franchise a few years ago at a store stamped out by the franchisor the original atmosphere was lost and the food tasted nothing like the memories and was quite disappointing. And this leads to my rendering of their mascot, “Big Boy With Grit”, his face is dirty, or maybe that is a five o’clock shadow he is developing, and the building facade itself is a little dirty because the Big Boy of today does not live up to the ideal from days gone by.
Just for a change of pace, my nephew Anthony and his son Nathan. Taken in open shade, I used Viveza to fine tune the exposure, including lightening up the eyes, and to blow out and de-saturate the background, a little spot removal and adjustment brush with Lightroom. Noise reduction and sharpening with Dfine and Sharpener Pro.