Westbrook's Filling Station

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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In Kingwood, West Virginia, there are a few things that haven’t changed a bit in my entire lifetime …or even since my Grandparent’s childhood. The most striking among them is the “living” museum known as Westbrook’s Esso Station.

You can’t actually “fill ’er up” here anymore, but you can vividly see a nostalgic slice of American life from the 1920’s through the 50’s, exactly as it appeared when the intersection of High and Price Streets was a bustling corner in this little town.

This nostalgic site is listed on the National Historic Register. It is included in the Kingwood Historic District and was added in 1994 – Preston County, West Virginia – #94000723

The “museum” is still beautifully maintained by the Westbrook family to this day.

The image was taken Saturday morning, October 9th, 2010, with a Canon EOS 10D DSLR camera through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom lens, at the widest focal length of 17mm. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. The aperture was f/11 with a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second. A Monfrotto tripod and “Pistol Grip” ball head were used.

Four different exposures of this image, each at one stop apart, were processed in Photomatix Pro 3.2 to produce this HDR photograph. Perspective was corrected in Photoshop CS2, with the “Lens Correction” tool.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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