When Gas Was Reasonable

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© David Bowden
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Photo license: © All rights reserved


I was driving through Issaquah Washington this week when I spotted this old Shell Station. It’s in downtown on the main drag as part of a local town history exhibit. It was very well kept and fully detailed. Inside there were oil cans and car parts from the era and even a mannequin dressed in a traditional service attendant uniform. Either way, it made for a nice shot.


Taken with:


Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8 IF-ESED Lens

Focal Length: 70mm

F Stop: f/11

Shutter: 1/60 Hand Held

ISO: 400 -1 EV


Post Production was done in CS3 and included:






Unsharpen Mask

B&W COnversion

Soft Vignette


32 responses

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2008):

    Sweet image. A very nice view and great title. I'd like to see a 'normal' B&W version of this image.

  • David Bowden

    David Bowden said (30 May 2008):

    Your wish is my command. See Plain B&W image link above. Glad you liked the image.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2008):

    I think this is fantastic! Love the effect. And the title couldn't be more correct! Perfect!

  • ! :) Billie Jo Jones

    ! :) Billie Jo Jones gave props (30 May 2008):

    Great B&W, Love how you inhanced it!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2008):

    Thanks Dave

  • Lisa Slifko

    Lisa Slifko said (6 Jun 2008):

    Terrific image. The plain B&W is excellent also. I'm more partial to the softened image, as it coincides with the era. Love it either way.

  • b. Elenor

    b. Elenor said (10 Jun 2008):

    the clarity in this is stunning.

  • kevin stewart

    kevin stewart said (11 Jun 2008):

    Love this shot and the story comforted me. I thought this was too well staged.

  • Lina Palmerin

    Lina Palmerin said (14 Jun 2008):

    great! love the softness

  • Steph Rosie

    Steph Rosie said (5 Jul 2008):

    love it - very vintage!

  • John Edwin May

    John Edwin May gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Great find...

  • Fred Everett

    Fred Everett (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2009):

    I love this - excellent work!

  • Ed Puskas

    Ed Puskas gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    Fantastic shot! Got my vote

  • Rebecca Sheehan

    Rebecca Sheehan gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    nice shot!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (20 Sep 2009):

    VOTED! Perfect for this entry!

  • Hans Joerg Krauth

    Hans Joerg Krauth gave props (22 Sep 2009):

    got my vote, very nice image

  • Nancy Konipol

    Nancy Konipol gave props (23 Sep 2009):

    Wow this is pretty incredible photo

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (30 Sep 2009):

    It works.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (9 Oct 2009):

    lovely capture! My vote

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (11 Oct 2009):

    Perfect for the Theme! Voted: "YEAH!"

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (13 Oct 2009):

    works wonderfully! +

  • Monique Guilbault

    Monique Guilbault (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    Nice shot!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    Beautiful b@w so well done !!!

  • Norm Levin

    Norm Levin said (9 Nov 2009):

    Reminds me very much when I was making a corporate "Tradition" video for Chevron, rummaging through their archives for historical photographs. Without your caption, I would have thought you pilfered this from Shell's archive. Very good rendition, David.

  • Cecil Brissette

    Cecil Brissette gave props (10 Nov 2009):

    nice image

  • Jessica Hardin

    Jessica Hardin gave props (10 Nov 2009):

    This is such a nice image, my vote!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    great shot, and nice editing!

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    great shot

  • Michael Griffey

    Michael Griffey gave props (29 Nov 2009):

    Great find!

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (2 Dec 2009):

    nice work. reasonable gas never was, and in fact there were times when that 12 1/2 cents a gallon surpassed our $3.00 gallon for inflationary insanity. Or so "they" say, and you know we can't trust 'em

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (9 Apr 2012):

    i like it

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    love it!

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