An exact replica of Dale Earnhardt’s car was displayed at Capitol Park Sacramento, CA. It was a bit more than spooky since I watched Dale’s final race “live” and the crash wasn’t even remotely fearsome. In fact, it was so tame the announcers and cameramen stayed focused on it only because it stopped the race. By the time I knew how deadly it was I was reading it in the morning newspaper.
I wrestled with what to do with this shot. It is a memorial tribute so I leaned towards monotones but the background was impossibly busy with fans and sightseers. I blurred the car and felt I was blurring the memory as well. So I settled upon blurring the car – Dale’s car – in time by taking the current day bystanders out of focus. Using the selective editing tool is a nightmare when everything has the same tones, hues, colours, lines, contrasts, etc. I suggest anyone interested in trying it ask me for the original shot and I’ll give you a crack at it. If you’re better at it than me, we’ll call it a collaboration and I’ll substitute it for this one. :-)