Placerville was a supply and hub town for the California 1849 gold rush with Coloma only a few miles away. Today it still has many buildings and businesses from the historical years since then.
This view is of the car show on Main Street. The Rexal Drug store sign remains though the company is gone.
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emka (106608) 2014-07-03 20:29
Hello Ray, Usually the parking cars are nuisance for photographers, but not here. Splendid car show. I like specially the red one. Nice view of the street like from movies. It could be a bit bigger on the right side and down, but probably was not possible. Nice this old sign of non existing company.
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macjake (72447) 2014-07-04 0:48
that rexall sign seems to fit perfectly in this motif.
the ol classic cars, and the ol sign :)
I see a classic mustang on the right...thats my dream car!
love the subjects, love the cars and chrome.
tyro (26142) 2014-07-04 4:03
What a splendid line-up of old cars in front of these buildings with the historic drug store sign still remaining!
These cars are obviously old ones which have been "breathed upon" and modified and no doubt now have much more sophisticated and more powerful engines than they had when they came out of the factory so many years ago. And all clearly very well looked after and probably shinier than when they were new. Although I love old cars (I have one myself), I don't know much about American ones though I'm guessing the one on the left is a 1930s Ford V8 and the third one along is a Ford Mustang.
Your photograph shows this lovely scene very well but I think if I'd been taking this one I would have "dropped" the top of the frame a little to just barely above the "Rexall" sign and lowered the bottom to include the full front of the car on the left.
The other thing I find is that the TE website now appears to "shrink" all pictures to just 790 pixels wide and that, curiously, seems to bring about quite a noticeable reduction in image quality and sharpness. I see that you posted this one at 800 pixels wide and it seems that pictures at that size seem to suffer worse than those posted at considerably larger sizes.
Just look at your picture here on the old "beta" version of TE - I think you'll agree that it looks much clearer and sharper than here. In fact, both Mariusz (mkamionka) and myself have been writing to the administrators about this - you can read the thread on the forum here - but nothing so far appears to have been done.
In fact, many "old timers" on TE still continue to use the old "beta" version of this website because there they are able to view all pictures at full size.
Anyway, Ray, sorry to ramble on so long! Oh, and by the way, I love your picture!
Silvio1953 (152823) 2014-07-04 7:24
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with fascinating old cars, wonderful perspective, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (78193) 2014-07-04 8:03
Besides the black Mustang, Ray, I think only the truck in blue looks familiar to me. The juxtaposition parking added fine depth, yet maybe a wider scope - to my humble opinion, would show a bit more of the street.
Nevertheless, an intriguing subject to take photos.
fabbs99 (17179) 2014-07-04 22:46
Nice shot of the old cars and an ambiance of old times probably the America of the sixties.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-07-05 6:54
Ray, a great pic!!and those classic cars, still running and offer a great spectacle whenever I see them in SoCal!!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-07-06 6:55
Love those old cars especially the Mustang, I drove two of them. Look like they are well maintained. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.