When my older daughter was about 2-3 years old, I sometimes played a restaurant game with her. She had her toy dishes and kitchen utensils, would ask me what I wanted to eat and she would prepare it by slaping a spatula on a plate. Then I would eat it and express my amazement at the quality. One day while playing I asked her what the name of her restaurant was. She thought for a moment, then answered “The Good Food Restaurant.” I am always reminded of that whenever I look at Heid’s of Liverpool and its slogan “Food You’ll Like.” It’s refreshingly simple and direct. Heid’s is a Central New York landmark closing in on it’s 100th anniversary in 2017. Franks and coneys are its staples.
I am not particularly given to use of the Topaz Plugins Clean or Simplify, but I do rely on them occasionally. They both have the capability of making an image look quite painted, sometimes by softening all details and colors, or by going in the other direction and adding detail that mimics a water color or brush strokes. Wayne Frost is one photographer who has taken to this look and you can get a sense of how he works with it here and here. I used the BuzSim preset in the Simplify plugin for this image. The building’s clean lines and circles seems to complement the flat look. Meanwhile, the plugin seemed to tame the large number of wires, poles, and the metal canopy structure on the right. I selectively brushed back some of the building detail and played with the color tones using other tools.
By the way, this is another shot taken while my wife drove on Thanksgiving Day. This is in Liverpool, a Syracuse suburb, just off Onondaga Lake. I need to get back and shoot the place at night with the lights on, preferably in warmer weather when the canopy is covered with a nice red and white fabric that plays nicely off the building colors.