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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic in Missouri

It was a bit of a lucky coincidence that the theme for this week’s WordPress photography challenge is nostalgic and I just happened to be in St. Charles, Missouri.  Main Street in St. Charles is a fun place to poke around and have a bit of a look at the past.  Most of the buildings have plaques complete with photos of how the building use to look.  The  brick-lined streets just add to the mood of the place:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/250

I took this shot at about 8 in the morning before any of the shops were really open.  I chose this one for the post because despite the early hour, it was hard to get a shot that didn’t include a very modern looking car.

Just for fun I made a sepia version as well:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/250

What do you think?  Does the sepia feel more nostalgic to you or are you fine in color?

The shop in the photo is Olde Town Spice Shoppe. One thing we Americans like to do when something is suppose to have an old-time feel to it is add the letter “e” where we don’t usually. Having said that, if you happen to be in the area, this shop is well worth a visit if you like food.  They carry an impressive range of spices and other delicious things.



40 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic in Missouri

  1. Forest So Green says:

    I like the color version because I like the color of the bricks. I would really enjoy the historic plaques. Annie


  2. Your photo in color is wonderful. It takes me back to the small town I lived in before we moved to the country.

    Film director Alfred Hitchcock used black and white photography to create a mood. I understand that and appreciate the black-and-white photography of Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher. Still, I prefer color. I’d rather see that moment captured as it was … unless dusk or nighttime robs the moment of its natural beauty.


  3. I think the sepia is more antique feeling, but the color photo really shows off the beautiful brick work. Is that the original bricks or have those stores been rebuilt with a older style? Downtown Richmond has a lot of old building and they look old too! They’re in good shape, but definitely not modern materials.



    • That is an excellent question, but I suspect they used new materials on at least some of the buildings. Part of the reason that I say that is that there are some buildings that went through several versions of themselves with different types of materials used over the years. When you look through the plaques, you see that some of these buildings really changed over the years.


  4. Sonel says:

    I have no idea what’s going on PJB. I keep reloading your page but then only the top photo shows up. I thought it might be my browser and went to another blog but the photo’s there load fine, so problem now is that I can’t see your photo’s. 😦


  5. Sonel says:

    Now I can see the second shot that you’ve converted to Sepia and I must agree, the Sepia does give it a more nostalgic feel indeed. Great shots PJB and lovely post. 😀 *hugs*


  6. I’m all for sepia for nostalgia as you can see in my post on the subject :-). I did a shot some time ago in sepia vs color and got a very large response about evenly divided. All agreed it created a very different mood tho. Good post!


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