1936 Ford Truck
Canon 5D Mark 2, 24-105mm 1:4 lens, polarizing filter
Mac Pro with Photoshop CS5 and Wacom tablet

In the early morning hours there’s no site more welcome at the Café du Monde than the little Ford truck from the Picayune Bakery. Roy Thibodeaux is the driver, and he’s delivering the breakfast pastry that fuels the city of New Orleans. It’s a light square doughnut-like pastry that’s sprinkled with powdered sugar known locally as a Beignet (bān-ˈyā). I think that’s French for “mighty damn good”. When eating one, the eyes tend to open wider, a smile almost surely breaks out across the face, and it’s next to impossible to finish without commenting on how good it tastes. A strong cup of black coffee tops off the experience and provides the extra jolt that makes the toughest challenge just a little bit easier to tackle.
Roy Thibodeaux is a ordinary man of simple means, but he considers himself the richest man in the city. If you ask him why you’ll always get the same answer. He’ll say, “Brother, I’m the Fais-dodo (fey-doh-doh)”. For those who are unfamiliar with the Cajun expression, it means an extraordinary or unusual thing, person or event, an exceptional example or instance. Yup, that’s Roy all right.

I shot this truck at a car show in Weston Massachusetts on an overcast day. I created the bed cover in Photoshop. The lettering and graphics are from a cigarette pack that dates back to the 1930’s. The background is a detail from a Victorian era building. I added an overall sepia tint with a photo filter from the Adjustments menu, and shifted the color (Hue) of the truck from its original red to yellow. The truck fenders were originally black and I changed them to brown by going into Selective Color and taking out some black and adding magenta and yellow.

The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    You do such amazing work, flyrod! Great image!

  • Thank you so much Dot.

    – flyrod

  • Chelei
    Cheleiabout 3 years ago

    Excellent artwork! Congratulations on your feature!

    Don’t forget to put this into the Best of the Features Challenge in the Just Fun Group for the month of September!

    See and leave your kudos here

  • Thank you very much Chelei.

    – flyrod

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 3 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • Thank you.

    – flyrod

  • Mike Capone
    Mike Caponeabout 3 years ago

    Being from south Louisiana this has a special appeal to me. As usual – well done!

  • I appreciate that Mike. I lived in Louisiana for three years. Great culture and history. Bad politics.

    – flyrod

  • Esther Boshoff
    Esther Boshoffabout 3 years ago

    This is so wonderfully done! :o)

  • I appreciate that Esther.

    – flyrod

  • cdcantrell
    cdcantrellabout 3 years ago

    nice I like it

  • Thank you.

    – flyrod

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfabout 3 years ago

    You are quite the artiest flyrod. Very well done.

  • Bryan D. Spellman
    Bryan D. Spellmanabout 3 years ago

    Now you have my mouth watering for a plate of beignets, and the Café du Monde is soooo far away. Beautiful work and fun story, as always!

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful Image! Morning Features Transportation 09/29/2011
    Please leave a comment to a few fellow artists in this feature!
    Click Here to go to The Group Homepage to congratulate them personally

    Please enter new challenge here,only 2 days left to enter

  • A big day for features. I really appreciate it. Thanks.

    – flyrod

  • A big day for features. I really appreciate it. Thanks Deb

    – flyrod

  • lamiel
    lamielabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations for the feature in The Group’….fabulous!

  • Thanks lamiel

    – flyrod

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