This is my visual record of the fading elegance and colourful flavour of roadside America along the old route 66. These were all taken hand-held using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18mm, 35mm, and 60mm lenses. I used a polariser on the lenses at times but apart from that they are as shot. These are processed from RAW files. I used Fuji Velvia mode in camera and I replicated the look of the in camera jpegs using a custom preset in Adobe Lightroom.
01. The mother road
02. The first of several giants on the 66 route. This one in Illinois.
03. The Polka Dot Inn.
06. The genuine article. A fully working Wurlitzer. I chose Del Shannon, Runaway.
09. Our first encounter with an abandoned gas station.
10. The price of the last delivery was 40 cents per gallon.
11. As we journeyed through Illinois far more faded history was at the roadside like this old pump at Funks Grove.
12. Hot dog giant in Atlanta Illinois.
17. An old route 66 truck.
26. One of the many historic bridges on the 66. This one is at Devils Elbow in Missouri. The bikers bar is well worth a visit there too :)
28. A dream home for someone...
29. In need of renovation and a little dusty on closer inspection.
30. The place to sit at sundown with a glass of old No. 9 and J.J.Cale on the gramophone.
33. The sun is so harsh the paint never survives but the steel does in this bone dry climate.
35. I like the bullet holes in the windscreen. They aren't the fake stick on ones we get here!
39. Beautiful lines and a great colour scheme on the Chevvy.
41. This is typical the route 66. Not a car in sight (apart from our black Dodge Challenger).
44. I love this old house. Just need to fix the shingles and move in.
45. Some of the best Deco and Nouveau architecture has been saved and renovated.
46. Unfortunately the U Drop Inn was closed otherwise we would have done.
47. The Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. It was hot here. There was a constant blast at 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37C)
48. Perhaps with hindsight it was not a great business decision to put this garage in the middle of nowhere.
52. Classic Art Deco.
55. This is nearly art.
64. The narrowest motel on route 66?
66. It's like a scene from a movie.
67. Our entertainment for the evening.
68. The next night it was "Granny's Closet'. ISO 1000, 1/80th at f/2
74. The view was not that great.
75. Rivets on the side of a tender.
77. Mr D's for breakfast.
81. Ex world leaders mail boxes.
86. A typical view on the 66.
That is a small selection of what there is to see on the 66. If I was to do the journey again I’d spend more time in Arizona and New Mexico. Arizona is amazing! The scenery is spectacular. The subject of another blog post perhaps along with Chicago. On this holiday we spent 3 days in California driving Route 1 up the Pacific coast from LA to San Francisco, a few days in the big cities and 10 days driving Route 66. If we stopped on the 66 every time we saw something interesting it would have taken us 15 days or so. The 66 carves through vast plains and desert on a seemingly never-ending journey. Other times it winds its way through mountains or rocky ravines.
This was principly a holiday not a shoot fest and I didn’t want to take an SLR and all the stuff that goes with it. So I took the Fuji X-Pro1 and it went everywhere. In the bars at night, to breakfast etc. The Fuji is a carry anywhere camera and it fitted in my Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag perfectly even with the 3 lenses and filters. I use a Retrospective 7 for my Fuji kit at workshops because I can also fit my X100, a Speedlight or two and my iPad in it.
The X-Pro1, Is it any good? It’s fantastic! There is so much negative stuff about this camera from pixel peepers and boffins out there on the forums and blogs, just ignore it. This camera and it’s lenses are superb. Please feel free to comment these pictures.