Rock Hill Chop Suey

Holy moly… I’ve been gifted a smart-ish phone! Pretty much all I did to the above in Photoshop was to airbrush a few things out… the rest was all done in-phone. Wild. If only I could figure out how to make a phone call.

Steve Zissou: “I’m on the echo box. Push the red button to answer.”

– Bill Murray – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

(I’ll label any photos taken and/or edited via phone in the ‘About this image’ info at the end of my posts… just in case anyone is curious.)

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally re-touched in Photoshop)


77 thoughts on “Rock Hill Chop Suey

  1. This photo is great for so many reasons! The street photography aspect of it is fun (with your stealthy new phone camera)! The colors really capture the mood and give it a grungy feel. I’ve always loved that sign. Talk about retro! I don’t know if I’ll ever be brave enough to eat here, but I’ve always enjoyed driving by… and I love your image!

    • I know, right?! So cool what these things will do! I did add a faint bit of yellow in PS, but 95% of the processing was filtered in with a handful of clicks… I didn’t know weather to laugh or cry, really.

    • Thanks so much! I was hoping it would feel that way… I removed a few more modern elements in the hopes it would seem like it could be an older image, so it’s very nice to hear you say that!

  2. Very cool that your phone can just do that out of the box. Mine is old and stupid. I guess I tend to invest my money in camera equipment instead of phones 🙂

    About the red button: One of my friends once wrote a fantastic article about his temptation to push the big red “ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES” button in a recording studio. He’s a musician, so he gets that temptation a lot. Oh, on that subject:
    Maybe you know it already 😉

    • To tell you the truth I’ve never had a phone like this (and – long story – it was ‘free’ with a contract that needed to be renewed, etc. and gifted to me… one of those things that’s really nice to have but that I never would have bought on my own). So, I definitely understand (and agree) with what you’re saying. Still an awful lot of fun, though… I’m sure not going to complain about it!
      I do indeed remember that image, Ms. F! I love it! Except it always messes up my computer screen… not that it would tempt me into pushing on my monitor, or anything silly like that… really. Honest. 😉

    • Thanks so much, sir!
      I think it is, indeed Chinese. I’ve never eaten at this particular restaurant (and I’m not even sure if it’s still in business – it seems empty every time I’ve been by there), but I always thought it would make an interesting photograph. And I finally had a camera with me to try that out!

  3. No stopping you now! You will know you’re in trouble when you are using the camera, the phone rings and you ignore the call . . . Such a neat Chop Suey shot SiG!

    • Hahaha… I can see that happening to me, Ms. K! I’ve got a good excuse planned, though… since it will probably take another 6 months or so to learn how to actually answer my phone!

  4. “If only I could figure out how to make a phone call.”
    Hahahahaha! You slay me, SIG.
    So, you snapped this shot with your smart-ish phone? Nicely done, Mr. SIG. Nicely done.

    • Hahaha… it would be even funnier if there wasn’t so much truth in it, Ms. D!
      Indeed! It’s one of those things I’m simultaneously thrilled about and a bit dismayed by at the very same time.

  5. Excellent work, as always Bob! 🙂 Love the sign, but I don’t think I’d trust the food…just a feeling though. 😉
    Hugs xx

  6. I must admit I have mixed feelings. One, I do like the photo. Two, however, I am dismayed that once can achieve that with a SmartPhone. What is to become of us SLR photogs?? Sigh. The end of the world as I know it….

    • I feel the same way, M.P.
      On the one hand a tool is a tool is a tool (I’m sure the initial advent of photography made quite a few painters feel the same way). I am happy that it’s become easier for people to express themselves… a very good thing, I think. AND I know some very talented folks who I would classify as photographers first who choose to work with a phone camera (as opposed to folks who use a phone camera just because they happen to have a phone camera).
      On the other hand… it’s a bit disheartening you can virtually hold your phone behind you, take a photo (without even looking what you’re shooting), and then (in a matter of seconds) throw a few filters at an image and, really, be guaranteed something decent.
      I’d say that trend extends beyond photography, too, really. In the digital age there seems to be two camps… those who appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into creating and those who literally aren’t impressed by anything (since ‘all I have to do is Google a subject and I’m flooded with instant ‘results’ – right)?!
      I don’t know… it’s a dilemma.

    • Good thing you asked, Peg…
      I’d eaten all but one of them (I’ll do my best to save it for you… although it’s starting to look better and better by the minute)!

      • I’m serious, SIG. I’m eating a Lean Gourmet frozen chow mein dinner at my desk right now (that’s the $1 version that makes Lean Cuisine look like haute cuisine) and I’d probably KILL for some real food.

  7. Hey you should show both sometimes,
    a sort of before and after sort of thing 🙂
    I like this one though… Now where are
    our chicken and pineapple surprises? 🙂

    Have a great evening SIG 🙂


    • A very good idea!
      That would be kind of fun… especially with some of the ones I completely make-over (except it might also be a bit embarrassing for everyone to see some of the stuff ‘as-shot’… it’s not always very pretty)!
      Hahaha… they never tell me these things, A.G… I’m just the dishwasher, you know.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Andro!

    • It’s wild what those things can do, isn’t it?!
      Hahaha… True! Although I think I had a telegraph that… no, wait… I’m just having one of my old guy ‘spells’ again…

  8. I got a smart phone just a few months ago. My old phone was like a Camry and the new one is like a Ferrari!
    Can’t wait to see all the photos you’ll take with your new phone. Enjoy!

    • Thank you very much, S.E! I had been by this place a few times (and the signage always caught my eye), but it was one of those things where I just never seemed to have my camera with me… so I was very happy to finally get a shot!
      Looking forward to it, S.E.! Thanks so much for the heads-up (I feel a bit better now, too – when someone who sticks as closely to a regular posting schedule disappears I get kinda bummed out – and nervous)!

  9. Just calling in for another look at this one SIG 🙂
    Hope your weekend is rocking along very nicely 🙂


    • Thanks much, Nigel!
      It’s pretty crazy the kind of results you can get from a point-and-shoot camera / processor these days…
      I love it and fear it at the same time!

  10. Love this one. There is a Rock Hill (not chop suey) not all that far from here. The sign is seriously cool, but I think I am with you and Annabelle. Not much chance I would venture fighting the residents for a bite.

  11. Shouldn’t that be Shop Suey??? A bloke at work was showing me all the great features of his new android mart phone. Pretty impressive. Then I asked him “So does it make phone calls?” It took him a while to work out where to find the number dialler as he hadn’t made a phone call since he’d got it a few days before.

    • Thanks so much!!!
      I probably should be reading it on my phone… but I’m still working on the first few buttons! Maybe this one… no… no… wait… this one… no…

  12. Well done ! If you have trouble phoning there is an app for that.

    Historian: “Now this is an old dial phone. The hand receiver is attached to the cord and the phone is mounted to the wall line. There is no speaker, mute. screen, texting, camera or video, games etc..
    Student: “What makes it a phone ?”
    -CBC Radio Comedy Sketch

    • HA! I might have to ‘phone a friend’ for instructions on how to use that app… or… you know… send an e-mail.
      Hilarious! I’m pretty sure the phones I grew up with would be considered a few steps closer to telegraphs at this point!

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