The Flying J

Posted by Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 30 June 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I stopped for gas in Phoenix at ten at night at the Flying J, preparing for the last three hours up the mountain in darkness. I love truck stops and I wished I had more time. But I wanted to be awake, and hence alive, when I arrived.

Chris from Haute Loire, France

What a pleasure to follow you on the road, with your pictures, your words, your experiences. It is a journey, with sounds, smells, feelings ...
Superb light to this black and white, beautiful record.

30 Jun 2010 5:11am

rem_la from Villiers, France

j'aime les lumieres de la nuit !

30 Jun 2010 5:21am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Wherever you are, a short break at last for new coming many liters of gas can you car eat?! Just let it eat more! This must be an exciting night!! Love those lights, transparent lights!

30 Jun 2010 5:22am

jpla from France

Superbe N&B ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

30 Jun 2010 6:28am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

i get more and more into trouble with my romantic feelings about the traffic jam i had when you started your series. i now see how long it really took you to get to your goal and understand how dangerous it could be being tiered and cruisimng through the mountains at night. but because i love truck stops, too, like i love trucks and truckers biographical, i love this picture. the darken/lighten contrast is very cool and the details of the ceiling excellent.

30 Jun 2010 6:29am

@trilliana: Well, I lived to tell the tale. :) But it took a lot of loud music to get me up the mountain. :))

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Great shot, who would know you are probably shooting from a convenience bar door. Love the spotlight effect on the ceiling. The b&w adds drama.

30 Jun 2010 6:50am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

cool night capture...

30 Jun 2010 7:05am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! The light is so beautiful... Truck stops are always a great place in the US, you're completely right ! Not the same story over here, they are mostly boring and dirty. Looking forward to the rest of your adventure ;)
Have a nice day Bettina !

30 Jun 2010 7:17am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Beautiful atmosphere ! I love gas stations, night ... Oasis of light ... Furtive shadows ... Arisen from our dreams of travelers ...

30 Jun 2010 7:21am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Rather like a runway! The night-light bulbs and give the impression of mystery! Bettina got great atmosphere! Best regards, Adela

30 Jun 2010 7:22am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A beautiful image...the tones are delicate and lovely

30 Jun 2010 7:24am

k@ from Paris, France

What a fabulous B&W, Bettina : it shines wonderfully ! Just love those oily blacks & the gorgeous lighting ! That roof seems "on stage", like for a musical. And yet it's the silence we listen to here. Love the contrast of both feeling. Very elegant & clever image, my friend !

30 Jun 2010 7:50am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful light in this B&W image.. Nicely composed.

30 Jun 2010 8:00am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

ha ha . . yes, arriving alive is always the best plan . . this is a very classy b&w with a strange sixties feel about it for no reason I can give.

30 Jun 2010 8:01am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

Nice metallic reflection.

30 Jun 2010 9:03am

danou from France

very nice contrast shadows an light , beautiful night shot

30 Jun 2010 9:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a spacey night shot. Good stuff

30 Jun 2010 9:29am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

I like the tones and the lights of this picture , Bravo, Phil.

30 Jun 2010 9:31am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une superbe ambiance dans ce cliché !
une atmosphère très mystérieuse !!:)

30 Jun 2010 9:32am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

I don't know how you get your photos to look so shiny and perfect like this but I like it so much! It's a great shot and as with so many of your photos, there are so many details to take it. One could explore your shots for ages. Trust you arrived awake and alive!

30 Jun 2010 9:33am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb composition ! A beautiful lighting perspectiv !

30 Jun 2010 10:02am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Ha - good thinking that you wanted to be awake for the rest of your drive. It's a great shot of your pitstop.

30 Jun 2010 10:37am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great monochrome. Love this contrast !

30 Jun 2010 11:44am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

very nice composition and light for some reason I have always loved the shots of gas is a light isle in the road...

30 Jun 2010 11:46am

DomLortha from Roanne, France

I like this BW capture: uoy trip report is fascinating!
Have a nice day.

30 Jun 2010 12:55pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Eerie. You've turned a rote gas stop into a classic. Can't tell you how many times I've rolled into the J.

30 Jun 2010 1:08pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Very beautiful night scene in B & W, splendid shot. Good day.

30 Jun 2010 1:29pm

Zoltan from Toronto, Canada

I'm glad the trip isn't over yet. These stops are my favorite parts along the road. This is a particularily noir-ish one. Is it the femme fatale or the evil villain that appears in the next post?

30 Jun 2010 1:48pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful capture of the overhead light!

30 Jun 2010 2:45pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Luminous in the probably would look very different in the bright sun. You did stay awake and live to tell the tale.

30 Jun 2010 3:34pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful light capture , and a perfect processing !
five stars !
kiss !

30 Jun 2010 4:09pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Great, timeless B&W.

30 Jun 2010 4:19pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb night and B&W work, and very sensible to not delay but get back on the road, glad you made it safely and shared this really cool shot with us

30 Jun 2010 4:24pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

I love truck stops too! They hold such interesting energy. Love this Black and white. Really captures the feel of these places. Great!

30 Jun 2010 4:41pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A beautiful strong B&W who suit very well to this night scene.

30 Jun 2010 4:49pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

The flying j looks like a shiny place.

30 Jun 2010 5:00pm

silent from mashhad, Iran

Interesting form. I hope good luck

30 Jun 2010 5:17pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

really have enjoyed this little trip of yours, more exciting than most I have, and even if they werent, I wouldnt have been able to make the story in photos the way you have done.. sweet..

30 Jun 2010 5:36pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

This image makes me yearn to travel as I really love to explore...a beautiful atmosphere that offers so much sense of adventure...a great shot Betty and I wish you a wonderful time:)

30 Jun 2010 6:20pm

pascal from bollene, France

nice composition.......well done....bye bye

30 Jun 2010 6:38pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Quel superbe N/B très lumineux! J'aime beaucoup, très beaux contrastes!!!

30 Jun 2010 7:52pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Lovely! Great decision for the black and white!!!

30 Jun 2010 9:04pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Fill it up please !! (images)...

30 Jun 2010 9:23pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Very good in B&W

30 Jun 2010 9:51pm

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

I remember commenting a few post prior that Angelenos all have their own freeway stories. I share your pain or sciatica. At least treat yourself something something special. They brew some strong coffee in these truck stops, did you get a jug?

30 Jun 2010 11:05pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I'm really enjoying this "journey" with you. What a fantastic B&W this is! I love the contrast and lights. I also like the neat lines and composition. I don't know why, but something about this image reminds me of a SCI FI movie, maybe it's the lights - or maybe I just need a cup of coffee... :)

1 Jul 2010 12:50am

rainboy from Nainital, India

Love the lights and how they play.
very nice angle.


1 Jul 2010 12:59am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Amazing B&W!!!!!

1 Jul 2010 9:29am

keith from killarney, Ireland

gas stations are full of life especially at night

1 Jul 2010 6:48pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

a true black and white image, absolutely wonderful...

2 Jul 2010 3:07am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Très beau noir et blanc, belle lumière et la composition est soignée !! peace !

2 Jul 2010 8:20am

Nikon D3000
1/30 second
ISO 280
27 mm (35mm equiv.)


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