The Golden Arch

By: pbcmedia

Jan 05 2009

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Category: BEHIND THE WHEEL SERIES, CAR WASH, Cars, Creativity, Life, Personal, Photography


Focal Length:30mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D

At this time of year in New England, I could live in a car wash.  The salt, the dirty snow, the spray of passing vehicles can turn a just washed vehicle into a candidate for the Ultra Wash in a matter of minutes.

Of course, we know I need no encouragement or practical reason to go since photography in a car wash is second only to the Grand Tetons as far as I’m concerned.  View Here and Here.

But, this week?  Oh, I really, really needed the suds as well as the images.

©Pat Coakley 2008


7 comments on “The Golden Arch”

  1. It looks like your car got slimed by something from the movie Ghostbusters.

    I’d be careful about going through the car wash too often because I think they recycle the water and during winter there’s a lot of salt on the roads and you’re basically washing your car in concentrated salt water. At least that’s how it was in Canada when I lived there. The common wisdom up in Canada is that one doesn’t wash their car in the winter, so as to cut down on the accelerated corrosion caused by salt. Then again I could be wrong and your mileage may vary.

  2. Recycled water? In America?! Foreigners . . . . sheesh!

  3. I think if it was recycled salt water, Razz, it would leave a film that would be noticeable. If I wash something with ocean water, like a plate or something (not that I do that frequently!), you can feel a film on it when it dries and see it. Whatever the case, there is no way I could make it through the winter without a car wash so if I’m accelerating corrosion,so be it. The car is a 2000 and I don’t see any holes in the exterior yet!

    Tysdaddy, I know, it’s something, isn’t it? People think they know more than US? Speaking of which, in the exhibit I went to from the British Museum recently, artifacts of the Assyrian Empire, they said the Iraq war has been a catastrophe for the antiquities, from the looting of the Baghdad Museum to archeological sites plundered and ruined.

  4. What makes this carwash photo exceptionally neat is that you cannot really see the car wash parts so it looks like a regular tunnel through a mountain or into the city & usually tunnels don’t have rain.
    PS I never mentioned this but i love the layout of your blog.

  5. your carwash photos are classics, this one does kind of have the grand tetons sort of gold ochre and ice colorings. (it might be my color settings but it has an almost thin feel of moss green in there too) luscious in a way, that feeling of being in a cocoon as water cascades over you, its beautiful! thankyou

  6. Conni, thanks. This blog template is made for photobloggers but it has limitations, ie. you can’t post more than one photo and no blog roll, that make it a trade off. But, I do like the presentation, too!

    Tipota, I love the gold ochre, as you say, and ice colorings, too. And, yes, there is a thin feel of moss green. I always love how you describe things!

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