A Blog Along The Lincoln Highway

All of this is about a public TV project about one of America’s great roads, and we’re hoping you might enjoy reading about some of our behind-the-scenes work. I’m Rick Sebak, and I write most of the tales. Bob Lubomski is our cameraman. And Glenn Syska has been traveling with us recently. He made the video blog entries in 2008. Back in 2007, Jarrett Buba did all that. A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY first aired on PBS on October 29, 2008 at 8 PM. Check with your local PBS station to find out about repeat broadcasts. Or go for the DVD at www.shopwqed.org.

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Taking advantage of the evening light.

June 14th, 2008 ·

After dinner, the light gets beautiful as sunset approaches. This is the hour when all camera people get itchy. They want to shoot. It’s understandable.dsc00023.jpg

We’re zipping along the Lincoln Highway, taking advantage of the lack of traffic (all the rubes are out on the interstate which is not a problem), and just east of Overton, Nebraska, I see the old Lincoln Highway bridge that Brian Butko has a picture of on page 157 of his Greetings From The Lincoln Highway book, but now it’s all white. I suggest we stop to grab a shot. Bob is OK with that. “The light is perfect.”

If we’re to believe the writing on the bridge, local boy scouts painted it white in 2005 as part of a community project.dsc00036.jpg I’m sure it’s easier to spot now. It shows how close the old path of the highway was to the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

We don’t go far before Bob says he wants a nice foreground object to silhouette against the sunset. A grain silo maybe, anything tall enough to just into the sky. I see one of those classic weather vanes on a tower, and I pull beside the road. Bob and Glenn run into a nearby field and get the shot Bob wants, but the sky is just getting great, so we hang out there for a few more minutes, getting clouds and trains and highways. Beauty shots.dsc00037.jpg

After the sun sets, the beautiful light lingers, and we go on to fulfill our reservations at the Holiday Inn Express beside I-80 in North Platte.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Brian Butko // Jun 16, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful land, isn’t it?! Great photos!!

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