Saturday Night at the Drive-in

Saturday Night at the Drive-in

There aren’t many Happy Days moments in life anymore, but every Saturday night in Manassas the friendly folks of Bull Run Street Rods cruise in to the parking lot of the Burger King out by the airport. Over in the corner of the lot is a little drive-in ice cream shop that sort of looks like it belongs in nineteen-fifty-something. They do a brisk business between the folks coming to show off their wheels and the folks (like me) who show up just to look. You can almost convince yourself that you’re back in a simpler time, even if it’s just for a bit.


Three RAW exposures (-2, 0, +2).
Luminance HDR 2.3.0 tonemapping parameters:
Operator: Fattal
Alpha: 0.37
Beta: 0.9
Color Saturation: 0.78
Noise Reduction: 0
PreGamma: 0.94

Enhanced detail in Topaz Adjust 5 and framed in Picasa 3.


Police Charger

Ran into this walking home from the Railroad Festival a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it’s the little kid in me, but I still think police cars are cool, and a police Charger is really cool.

Three RAW exposures merged and tone-mapped in Luminance HDR, then finished in Topaz Adjust 5.

’67 Stingray

This past weekend saw the celebration of our fair city’s 2nd annual Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival. One of the signature events is an antique and classic car show, which of course provided a target-rich environment. One bulls-eye was this nicely preserved 1967 Corvette Stingray, which looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

Lil Red Ford

Every Saturday evening at the Burger King near the Manassas airport they come out.  The folks of Bull Run Street Rods show up to show off their rides.  There’s everything from antiques to brand new, fresh off the showroom floor cars and trucks, and owners only to too happy to tell you all about them.   Add a BK burger and shake and you’ve got a great evening.  The only problem is deciding which one to shoot next!