“A dream without ambition is like a car without gas… you’re not going anywhere.”
A little detour on my way to Vegas, Route 66 does not offer too much as far as towns or visual interest except for Seligman and Hackberry but those 2 towns are all Route 66:vintage autos, car paraphernalia, old soda machines and bottles, 1950s appliances, you name it!
What I did find is that people from other countries are obsessed with Route 66. I met Kiwis (New Zealanders) who had spent a month doing most of the entire US route, French who rented motorcycles to tour it, Germans and Japanese busloads on tour. I hadn’t realized that there was such an interest in it but I can understand why there is such enthusiasm, nostalgia is a powerful thing.
Arizona is a great state for photography in many ways but the profuse, shockingly bright sunlight is not one of them. If I waited for the “right” weather all the time, I’d shoot little. So in this one I added a slight texture to the overblown dirt and lifeless sky and cropped with the shadows in mind. I’m not an HDR shooter and let me tell you, it was mid-day and so hot that I ran through this (The Hackberry General Store) quite quickly. Between that and having a friend waiting on me, I rushed through the scene but I now have the “Hackberry Car”. This one is one I have seen numerous times and always wanted to shoot it. So, yes, I have seen it and have shots of it but not under ideal conditions. But that is precisely one of the big draws of photography for me; there is always perfection for which to continue shooting :).