Photo of the Month – September 2019

Tom and I want to celebrate the great images being created on our workshops by posting a photograph each month from one of our workshops that best captures the environment or people of that location.

Congratulations to September’s photographer – Joe Campbell


The Story:

“We were doing the iconic shots of the Blue Swallow Motel – the larger view of everything. I had the 1951 Pontiac, the office, the sign, storm clouds, the painting of Route 66 on the driveway. I was very happy with that.

The Larger View


I decided to focus on something simple,. My parents had a Pontiac with Chief Pontiac on the front, which lit up when the head lights were turned on. I took some photos with reflections of the neon lights on the car. Then I turned the other way and used the black mailbox to create the dark background. With the 70-300, I just crouched down a bit and the mailbox was like a black curtain. It provided good separation from the bigger scene.”


Chief Pontiac
Photo of the Month – Chief Pontiac

The Location: 

The Blue Swallow Motel is great! I loved the atmosphere at night….sitting around the neon and having a relaxing drink. 

They had the Hudson and the 51 Pontiac. It was great that they changed them out for photographic purposes.

The Data: Nikon D850, 70-300mm lens 1/125 at f8 ISO 800

Photo Tip from the Photographer: 

Get the big picture first. Then move in and focus on single things. Look for neon reflections in the windows and rain puddles. I shot Chief Pontiac several different ways. The black background was my favorite.

On the Horizon:

  • Back to the Chilkat Eagle Preserve in Haines, Alaska
  • Northern Lights in Fairbanks
  • Costa Rica (for the third time)



How much do you know about Route 66? Check out the following from the History Channel: 8 Things You May Not Know About Route 66 


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