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. :-)

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • GavinJHawley
    GavinJHawleyover 5 years ago

    Great shot of a car with many, many wonderful memories of Dale.
    Thanks for sharing.. :-))

  • Thank you, Gavin, :-) I was always into Indy car racing but I think it was Dale who got me interested in NASCAR. So few people rise to a level that crosses all the boundaries and Dale was one of them. And what he did for the sport has turned into a gold mine because EVERYBODY racing has a personality now; no longer are they “the driver with no face in the Number # car”. No longer is it “Left Turn Racing” or ‘neck-car’. Now, it’s just universally FUN. :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

    no need for a collab Lenny that is really well done my friend

    and a fitting tribute too


    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Well, I thank you very much, Kriss. I get a feeling it’s still a bit too dark but I’m happier with the overall treatment today over yesterday. One of the reasons why is the number and type of groups in Red Bubble who accepted it. I was all prepared for a round of REJECTED! notifications and didn’t get a single one. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 5 years ago

    Cool shot and treatment in memory of an Outstanding Race Driver!

  • Earnhardt Sr. was an unwitting ambassador of stock car racing. If he had never driven, I’d still be watching only the Adretti family in open wheel cars. :-) And I’m very glad true long-term racing fans like the tribute.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 5 years ago

    Looks to me that you chose the right treatment.

  • Thank you. In the end, I was really happy with the choice of treatments but not my execution so much. But looking at it as a whole on a Red Bubble page, I too like it. I didn’t mark it up tho. If it sells, it will sell solely as a tribute piece ‘at cost’. That seems like a fair enough compromise for leaving the colour in. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • jnisbet
    jnisbetover 5 years ago

    Lenny, great shot, it has the feel of “tilt / shift”. Good shot.

  • I thank you very much. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    cool he was a legend !

  • That he was and still is, in my mind. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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