what, me worry?

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20170814

Today I’m only at 10% opacity.

 

A 1958 Pontiac wagon at the Geneseo Riviera Theater.  The two movies, “South Pacific” and “Bell, Book and Candle” were also from 1958.

 

13 thoughts on “what, me worry?

  1. howg2211

    Ha, I should be in your pic. I’m also from 1958! Title made me laugh. Mad Magazine. Used to hide it in my nightstand.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Howard. I thought the title was as appropriate now as it was then. Big fan of Mad (back in the day). Alfred E, Newman for president! (Can’t be any worse).

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  2. Linda Grashoff

    This is one of those photos that I want to look at (and have looked at) for a long time. The colors and overall clarity of the image are outstanding. I don’t know why, but the angle of the light seems appropriate for a retro look. The sidewalk and street are unnaturally clean, reinforcing my wonder about how this photograph was made and processed. Would you care to remove the mystery?

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Linda. The car belongs to a friend who wanted the photo in front of the theater. We met on an early Sunday morning for the shoot because the forecast was “cloudy”, perfect for cars. It wasn’t cloudy at all but I made a series of shots and pasted them together in PS. The sky is from another photo because the original sky was a sheet of white. The marquee was produced in PS, too. There was some minor window and brick work on the building but, in general, it’s an accurate representation of the theater. I also tried to keep the color of the car as accurate as possible. Since this was for a friend, I did a series of shots, under much better conditions, of this car, too. I’ll put together a series of the photos for later posting.

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      1. oneowner Post author

        Thanks, Lynn. The photo represents the most time I’ve ever spent on a car image. I’m glad you like it. The series on this car may be published in a classic car magazine later this year or early next year. Fun project!

      2. Linda Grashoff

        Thank you for telling all, Ken. I thought something was up when I saw that the Now Playing poster (about a Disney movie) didn’t match what was on the marquee. Excellent excellent work. I’ll bet your friend is thrilled.

      3. oneowner Post author

        Despite the problems we had with this shoot, it was a fun project to work on. The folks that worked on the car paid a lot of attention to details to try to keep the restoration as accurate to the original as possible. Fun fact: although the car is roadworthy and was close to the top of the line when new, it lacks most of the creature comforts (and safety) we have in even the least expensive car sold today.

  3. TomDills

    As another “1958-er” I can also appreciate the effort you put into this composite. I’ll bet that theatre has quite the history…the car too! Speaking of safety equipment, I remember my dad going to the Ford dealership and having to special order a set of seat belts for a 1963 Falcon. It didn’t come with any!

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Tom. The theater has been beautifully restored in recent years and the owner tried to maintain much of the original look of the original. There are no seatbelts in this car and the owner didn’t want to install any since they were not original to the car. After riding in this car (for a short ride), it seemed luxurious and yet primitive compared to my 2013 Honda Fit.
      My father had a ’64 Mercury Comet which was a sister car to the Falcon. If I remember, it didn’t have seatbelts either. I remember liking that car but I had never really ridden in it very much.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, AJ. This really was a fun project to work on and the owner was very pleased with the files. This wasn’t my personal favorite from the shoot but I plan to post that photo soon. Stay tuned.

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