Chick and Ruth's is a long-standing Annapolis institution, and a great example of the mix of cuisine that can be found in the Chesapeake region of the US. Chesapeake crabs are often considered the best in the country, if not the world; I posted a shot of some Chesapeake crabs last summer. Chick and Ruth's has plenty of crab on the menu along with pretty much anything else.
The sign caught my eye mostly for the bright colors at night and for the somewhat novel spelling of 'delly' here.
Adrian pointed out in the comments that this shot would have been better had I included the sidewalk, and I agree; sadly a parked car blocked that view and would have greatly interfered with the shot, so I framed it higher. Not ideal, but... such is life.
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Adrian_S (1175) 2013-07-19 5:46
I like the quality of this photo and also the subject, but I would have included the sidewalk instead of top. I think the picture would have looked more "complete" like that. Nevertheless congrats on the shaprness and quality of the settings.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-07-19 9:55
unfortunately we canīt do anything with the cars standing on the roads and obscuring our the best views,but you did the best you could and the outcome of your work is really grat for me(I love all kind of neons and other signs).
But the quality is superb!Sharpness,clarity and colors make your shot exceptional.And of course the subject of the image-Iīve never eaten a Crab cake,but it sounds yummy:)and the photo you enclosed makes me even more eager to try it someday.
tyro (21054) 2013-07-19 17:09
An interesting note and a fine colourful photograph too!
Yes, I see Adrian's point but, if there were piles of cars parked in the street, a picture including the sidewalk ("pavement" in our language) would have been very difficult if not impossible. As we also say in our language, "C'est la vie"! :o)
I remember well your photograph of the crabs - laid out on newspaper, of course - something now outlawed in this "nanny state" which is Great Britain due to over-zealous "Health & Safety" rules - and I also remember how delicious they looked, sitting beside a large mallet and a few bottles of beer.
Nonetheless, this is a fabulous picture, full of vibrant colour and with lots of interest everywhere you look. And perfectly exposed and with exquisite sharpness throughout. Personally, I've got my eye on those crabcakes - I bet they are to die for.
P.S. I've been looking at those Greenland pictures from 1945/46 over and over again! I sent a message to your dad too on Flickr.
marabu61 (8931) 2013-07-20 5:49
Really sharp and clean night time shot. The colors are amazing here.
Ah, and how I love crabs in any form served (OK, maybe not deep-fried, that is such a pity).
have a great weekend
thebest (4276) 2013-07-21 15:43
Sorry for the long break between critics - my husband & I have just returned from our overseas trip of a long 9 weeks.
I just love the names of some of the shops & Diners in the States... the crab sounds delicious - sadly for me I am allergic to shell fish...
I hope my brief message finds you well & in good spirits?
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-21 17:07
Very nice night shot with amazing lightning usage and colors.Great composition and very clever look.Well done.
All the best
jcpix (13722) 2013-07-21 18:01
Parked cars. Argh!!! This has to be on every photogs list as a huge nemesis! As much I hate trying to work around them, it does at least force a bit more creativity to capture your subject...but more often than not, I fail!?
Love the colors here, you've done a nice job again with the exposure and White balance...everything is smooth and crisp. These are fun shots too, the local eateries and culture is one of the things I most enjoy viewing...it gives a peek into the locale in a way that isn't obvious from traditional attractions. Even with the crop, this still looks great. Enjoy the new week ahead.
Friendly regards from the desert,
macjake (58236) 2013-07-22 14:42
nice to see some new photos in your gallery again :)
I totally understand your issue with the parked car, those annoying subjects often ruin our compositions don't they!
well, if this is how you have to cut it now, then thats ok too. the orange and green is a color combination we don't get to see too often..think about it!
love the lettering with the darker bg color.
On a personal note, seafood is not on my eat-list :)
abmdsudi (44930) 2013-07-23 12:50
A lively street scene with the mouth watering advert in great vibrant colours, and an effective, simple compositions. The sharpness is perfect in spite of the use of a low speed. Very well done
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-08-28 11:47
Storefronts are hard when there is on-street parking. You probably made the right choice here; otherwise, you have a picture of a parked car, which is only interesting when I do it. ;-) Okay, the Indy Racer was a factor, too!
Was there no way to tone down and bring out the detail in the neon below "BREAKFAST" on the left? All the other lighting is juuuuust right, but I can't read the blue and I am wondering (salivating at the possibilities) what they do with crab for breakfast!
Come see us at TE when you can...
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-26 7:49
This is a terrific shot! What really grabbed me was two things: the way you captured the lights on the signage and their reflections; and the notion that there is a cool implied drama in the two people in the shot, not connected yet, both distracted, but possibly about to see each other as she walks past the window. It's neat.
As far as the sidewalk comment, I'm not sure: sometimes that close crop is so advantageous, and I think that it's really good here.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-16
- Categories: Food, Humorous
- Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor AF-S 50 m/m f/1.8 G
- Exposure: f/10.0, 2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): A Shot in the Dark [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-19 5:28