old hotel in historic Truckee

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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I LOATH powerlines in my shots when I don’t want them there – basically, all the time. They can distract from the most interesting things, frustrate one trying to remove them or frame around them, and generally cheapen the entire photograph, in my humble opinion. That said, there are times when you are NOT gonna get the shot without their saggy sad rumps dangling right thru what you just have to shoot.

Take this image for example. There’s absolutely NADA you can do to remove this much distraction from a single image without spending the rest of your life removing individual pixels and replacing them with suitable substitutes. I did that once for a flower that was just too pretty not to shoot that have about 50 ants on it – and it was the one LEAST covered! In the end, after countless hours of work removing the ants and then removing indications of my edits, I found out the flower was milkweed, Showy Milkweed but still a weed.

It’s clear that someone is taking a hammer and saw to The Star Hotel, tho it still looks more like Motel Hell(o) in the old B movie. (Anybody else see that turkey and laugh as much as I did?). There are new beams in place and someone has started to add supports where the thing is about to kiss the dirt. But there’s enough dilapidation remaining so I wanted the shot. If you look at it closely enough you can even see that, like Motel Hell(o), there is a pathetic attempt to ‘cute-up’ the name with a star made out of lights.

If this place could tell its story from there in Truckee, California, what would it saw? The usual things motels say about infidelity and drugs and drunks and traveling salesmen? Or perhaps something fresh like…. hmmm. I’ll have to think on that one a bit instead to typing off the top of my head. :-)

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