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Petrified Wood Gas Station

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 26 April 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Ok, I don't want anyone to get whiplash here, as I understand this is quite a departure from flowers; however, I do photograph other things occasionally! :-)

It’s fun to visit a small town and relive some history, and Decatur, TX is a great example.

The Petrified Rock gas station is a tourist attraction and a great local landmark. It was built in 1927 by E.F. Boydston, and the project included the gas station, a motor court/motel, and diner. Eight years later he covered the outer walls of the station and the motor court behind it with chunks of petrified wood, perhaps inspired by a similar station in Colorado. One of the cabins of the motor court was reported to have been rented to Bonnie and Clyde a few weeks before they died. After E.F.’s death in 1945, the buildings passed into the hands of one of E.F.’s grandchildren, Nancy. The diner, motor court cabins and gas station all were closed by 1989, but in the last decade, Nancy and her husband Jim Rosendahl have restored the buildings to their 1945 era and currently office inside the gas station. The cabins have yet to be restored, but the diner does a booming business and was full with lunch-goers the day I was there.

Converted to sepia in Nik's SilverEfex Pro, then I painted back some of the color at varying opacities. To add to the old look, I added a texture overlay.

NIKON D300 F/16.0 ISO 200 18 mm

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MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

cool treatment for this interesting subject

26 Apr 2010 7:01am

Florence from Paris, France

This PP suits very well here, it conveys a nice nostalgic mood.

26 Apr 2010 8:37am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I LOVE the processing here! This is ART! Very well done

26 Apr 2010 10:15am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Absolute perfection ;) I can't think of anything that would make it better. Great atmosphere.

26 Apr 2010 10:16am

Marie from FRESNES, France

très beau post traitement.

26 Apr 2010 12:52pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Great shot with wonderful post-work!

26 Apr 2010 3:51pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I just love this! The texture and the "HDR" look are perfect for this. I will have to find Decatur the next time I am out in Texas, visiting my sister :) I love photographing old buildings and things like this too!

26 Apr 2010 4:14pm

@Tracy: Yeah, I'm a sucker for old stuff. :-) Thanks, Tracy!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fascinating processing.

26 Apr 2010 4:20pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Great job.

26 Apr 2010 4:55pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'd happily hang this on a wall Barbara, it's a really good edit. I have one small suggestion though - it looks as though your texture layer covers the whole frame. Have you thought of adding a layer mask to this layer and painting some of the texture away, say in the signpost on the right, it would give the name a little more focus (but that may defeat your intention of course).

26 Apr 2010 7:03pm

@Curly: That's a viable option, Curly. Leave it and it might look like rust - or paint it off some. Good idea. Thanks for stopping by and for the suggestion.

Guido from Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Nice job! Great processing, it looks great!

26 Apr 2010 8:23pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

i love it ,the "vintage " processing are very wonderful !!
five stars !
kiss !

26 Apr 2010 9:22pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great image!!

27 Apr 2010 12:40am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The texture makes this so surreal. One of theses days I will try your technique of overlaying that you so graciously shared a while back.

27 Apr 2010 1:13am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very cool effect! Barbara, your vision and talent has no limit.

27 Apr 2010 10:05am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Love the texture on this one. Great angle and wonderful shot. I hope you are enjoying your visit to LG. Unforunately, I won't be able to make it up there this time. Let me know the next time you are up there! ; )

27 Apr 2010 12:25pm

@Dawn: Thanks Dawn. LWG was overrun with people today. They give us 3 hours with a tripod and their own gardner people with bright shirts, students and an unbelievable amount of old people made it impossible to shoot anything more than close ups. I would have to say photographers are way down on their priority list. It wasn't worth the money for me. I'm hooking up with Anita tomorrow morning, however, and we hope to photograph some farms before I head to the airport to fly home. :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Real good processing,makes the image even more attractive and your story gives it meaning!

28 Apr 2010 7:05am

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

Barbara - this is fabulous work!

28 Apr 2010 12:28pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great work on this and amazing history! That is a lot of petrified wood!!

29 Apr 2010 3:54am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks, everyone for enjoying a bit of history with me!

10 May 2010 7:50pm