Fill 'er Up Again by Terence Russell

Finding myself in Albany, Texas (Shackleford County), I once again felt compelled to photograph this wonderful restored service station. My previous shot:

focused more on the pump and wonderful glasswork. On this occasion, I wanted to show the station in context, ala:

Of course, nature did not provide me with another wonderful sky.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Tokino 12-24mm lens

Tripod, 3 RAW images +2 to -2, Photomatix Pro 3.2

Son of an avid reader of paperbacks and a manager of a photofinishing plant in Abilene, Texas.

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  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Thanks so much, Etienne!

    – Terence Russell

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    makes me remember the days when Service Station meant you received Service LOL good capture

  • Thanks, Philip. My first job was filling tanks, checking oil & tire pressure and washing windshields. Although the state of Oregon banned self-serve pumps to assist with unemployment, I found that it was rare you could even get a single one of these employees to wipe your windshield, much less check your oil and tire pressure!

    – Terence Russell

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot, great tonality and compo, massively pleasing to the eye, hence, A FAVE!!!!

  • Wow! Such wonderful praise and a fave! Thanks for giving me a big broad smile, my friend!!

    – Terence Russell

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    I love that you have both shots on here. It is a wonderful capture. The shape of that building I believe was a trademark of the Sinclair!We had an identical building in Elkhart.

  • Thanks my dear friend. I felt it was important for those who had seen my previous photo of this building to understand the context, and for those who saw and admired this one to see the one I did before. As for the architecture, I have actually seen photos of other Phillips 66 stations that were identical to the one I showed above, as well. Since stations of that era were actually owned by the oil companies, it seems likely they would use whatever plan they picked so as to be easily identifiable by those driving by at such fast paces as 40mph! ;)

    – Terence Russell

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture, beautiful!

  • Thank you my wonderful friend!

    – Terence Russell

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 4 years ago

    Terence,,I love this shot of the old service station,,,well done,,Rick

  • Thanks, Rick.

    – Terence Russell

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 4 years ago

    Too bad life has sped up so much. I enjoyed theses days when things were slower and easy going. This is a fave! Terrance ~ Lynn

  • Wow, Lynn! Thanks!!!! Yes, regrettably, my life seems to speed by at a breakneck pace and I am continually falling farther and farther behind.

    – Terence Russell

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 4 years ago

    Very cool Terence :)))

  • Thank you very much, Elaine!!

    – Terence Russell

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