Almost Famous

The Duce Bus Downtown Phoenix

(Hat tip to the wife for picking the name for this one…she always comes through)

Another edition of Movie Title Wednesday finds us back in the 1970’s, riding along with Stillwater, the band that is the focus of the fantastic film, Almost Famous.

I remember loving this movie, and perhaps even getting choked up at the end. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, but it’s one of those films that comes along once in awhile that just hangs with you for years after seeing it. A young man tries to get an article written for Rolling Stones Magazine by joining the band Stillwater on their tour bus as they go around the country. Great cast…Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee.

One of the best moments of the film that still kind of resonates with me was when they all join in to sing Tiny Dancer while heading down the highway. Amazing scene.

If you haven’t seen it…check it out, definitely can’t go wrong if you love music, bands, a little comedy, a little drama and awesome writing.

The bus in the photo belongs to The Duce, an eclectic, unique place in downtown Phoenix. I shot this back in late December whilst on our first photowalk of the city. My buddy Ken and I both got shots of it, still haven’t seen what he did with it.

I processed this photo awhile ago…probably within a week of taking it, but was waiting to dump it on a Wednesday. This was one of the first times I used Focal Point from onOne Software and I absolutely loved how it isolated the front of the bus. I knew right away I’d make it black and white, because I find it really helps get rid of any distraction when it comes to background colors.

  • Heather

    I like Movie title Wednesday 🙂 I haven’t seen Almost Famous! I will have to see if it’s Netflix.Cool bus too!

  • Tobias George

    Love that movie. Title fits the shot perfectly.

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  • Jim Denham

    Hey, I just posted that YouTube video yesterday! Great minds think alike! Great image and connection! Well done!

  • Justin

    Perfect subject for the movie title. I can almost hear….’Tiny dancer…..’ coming from the back of the bus.

  • Heath O’Fee

    Oh man…awesome movie, and a great shot to go along with it. I love movie title Wednesdays!

  • Jesse

    Great shot Mike. Thought that was in camera blur before reading your narrative. Focal point is damn impressive

  • Tanya

    Great shot of this cool bus!!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Love the use of FP! What a great tool! This is a perfect fit for that movie… It’s been awhile since I have seen that one also… Sounds like your wife picks more titles for this series than you do 😉

  • Chris Kenison

    Very cool shot, Mike. Love it!

  • jina

    And I bow in acceptance of your appreciation of my efforts to this endeavor called Movie Title Wednesday. — “the wife”

  • Mark Blundell

    great image – really like the focus pulling the eye to the front of the bus whilst the lines lead the eye to the right. The mono works really well too.

  • Bob Lussier

    Boy, i forgot about that movie. That was a great one.
    This shot is a damned fine one too.

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  • Trudy

    Wow I love the idea of a film being the inspiration for a post. Very nice. Great photograph above…has real character.

  • Mike

    Thank you Trudy!

  • Robbin

    Mark above made a really good point. The focus is spot on. Very impressive how you took this photo. The focus is just right.