Mar 062011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/200; 100mm (Canon SX10 from car)

I spied these two hitchhikers while we were driving around town, crossing over 95S.   When I saw his thumb resting on her leg, I knew I had to get this shot… despite that the light was about to go from red to green.  Don’t worry I wasn’t driving… and Carl didn’t listen to me when I said “wait, don’t go yet!”

Because it was such a long shot, the image is fairly grainy, so I used Topaz deNoise and then Topaz Simplify to stylize the photo a bit.  Actually, I tried quite a number of things, but this effect kept the focus on the thumb.

I touched up the photo a bit in Aperture to bring out the Arizona can and the dog.

I decided to not crop the image because I like the shape of the mountains in the background.

  13 Responses to “32. Casual (Hitchhiking)”

  1. Great catch! I like that you left the mountains in the shot. It gives a feel for where they are and where they might be going.

  2. Great candid shot and it does tell a story of hard times.

  3. This is so sad. Where is that young girl’s mother???

  4. LIke Ron, I thought of “Me & Bobby McGee.” Totally great capture!

  5. Photos with a story – my fav. I, too, like the mountains in the background. I wouldn’t have noticed the dog without the comments. Great catch!

  6. So very young! I like that they seem to be shading the dog with their bodies and the fiddle case.

  7. Hope they managed to get a ride, your picture shows their desperation, even the dog looks dejected.

  8. Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the trains,
    feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans
    Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained,
    ‘took us all the way to New Orleans
    I took my harpoon out ‘n my dirty red bandana
    ‘n was blowin’ sad while Bobby sang the blues
    With them windshield wiper slappin’ time and Bobby clappin’ hands,
    We finally sang up every song that driver knew

    Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
    ‘n nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free
    Feelin’ good was easy, Lord when Bobby sang the blues
    Feelin’ good was good enough for me, good enough for me and Bobby McGee

    Apologies to Kris Kristofeson.

    The photo say that to me!

  9. I’m with Lois and her comment, really tells a story.

  10. The expression on the girl’s face with her buddy resting his thumb on her leg tells a story of a hard road to travel.

  11. great shot. I like the shape of the mountains too. I’m glad you kept them in. They look exhuasted.

  12. Only you can make a piece of art out of hitchhikers….LOVE this!

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