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The BLUE SWALLOW



The motel of choice when in Tucumcari on RT. 66

The motel of choice when in Tucumcari on RT. 66
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Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U July 20, 2018
Excellent!
EricaAlmquist
 
EricaAlmquist July 30, 2018
Neat shot!
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JayneBug August 23, 2018
Fantastic image, mood, and colors. Congratulations.
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SteBil30 December 12, 2018
Love the colors and the 50's scene. Thanks for joining my night challenge.
randyblack Platinum
 
randyblack January 10, 2019
Excellent image of an iconic Route 66 icon!!
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MidnightRider August 08, 2019
Fantastic! I love this shot.
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Free-Spirit June 14, 2020
Congratulations for your award!!
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Free-Spirit June 18, 2020
Congrats...Colorful shot and a beauty!!
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Joviaal June 19, 2020
Hi Henri, Congratulations on your win. :-)
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AW_Images21 December 04, 2020
great retro location

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico along route 66 on a crisp, late autumn day. It's usually our rest stop on trips out west.
Time
Of the many shots I've taken of the Blue Swallow, this has become my favorite. This shot was taken in the evening around 8 PM. The evening best captures the color of the NEON.
Lighting
Only available light was employed. The Neon signage and the incandescent light within the office. The Swallow flashes ON and OFF so timing is important in capturing the bird.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D800, 24-70 Nikkor lens set at 32mm. Settings were f8 @1/25 - ISO 1600. A Manfrotto tripod kept things steady.
Inspiration
From this angle, it defines the complete story of travel along Rt. 66. All the elements seemed to fit - The Neon, ThePontiac Chieftan, and the Blue Swallow.
Editing
Minimal post-processing was done. Tweaked the clarity, vibrancy, and sharpness. That's it!
In my camera bag
On the road I have a Go To bag with the Nikon D800, the workhorse 24-70mm, ND and Polarizer Filters, Remote trigger and Tripod. All other gear is stored in a case used on a as needed basis.
Feedback
Keep you eyes open and be mindful of the time of Day. Catch those moments along the way that define what you see.

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