While on a road trip on the east bound I-40 from California to Oklahoma, I was able to make a quick side trip to the little town of Seligman, Arizona, on Route 66!
Route 66, a.k.a. the Mother Road, was established in 1926, and stretched from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California for a total of 2,448 miles. You can read more about it here – Route 66.
Unfortunately for little towns like Seligman (click the link to learn more) that lined Route 66, Interstate 40 (I-40) opened up, taking away all of the traffic that used to run through the towns.
Seligman seems to have survived and is a great place to stop, get out of the car, and walk around. There’s a sense of nostalgia in the air. I felt like I had stepped back in time while walking along the street, and enjoyed every moment.
There are also some wonderful subjects for photographers. You have everything from street/people photography to colorful buildings and some great vintage cars and trucks! Speaking of cars, Seligman is the town that the movie “Cars” town of Radiator Springs is loosely based on. You’ll see some interesting references to it in the town.
My camera for this little visit was my Olympus E-P3 with its 14-42mm lens. It was the perfect combination, being light weight and very low profile. The nice thing about my Oly is that it doesn’t get in the way of my photography. It does exactly what I want it to do with no fuss. My results are consistent, predictable, and reliable.
Almost all of my photos were created with the camera set to Aperture Priority mode. I also had it set up to bracket 3 exposures for further HDR post processing. While that was my personal choice, you certainly don’t have to do it the same way. Use whatever mode you’re most comfortable with. Making memories is more important than all of the geeky techno stuff. Whatever you do, try to enjoy the experience and don’t let your camera get in the way!
Here are a couple more shots from that day. I hope you like them!