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The are hardly what you describe as gourmets heaven but I really like the countless burger joints in the USA. You know what you gonna pay, you know what you get and most of the time it even tastes good.

There are better options than the big yellow M but their restaurants have a couple of advantages. 1. They are everywhere. It would be a challenge to travel in the US and not to come across a McDonalds restaurant. 2. They are clean. I haven’t seen a dirty one yet. Even the one at the Hollywood Boulevard looked somehow OK. 3. They have free Wifi. For todays traveller this means to be able to book the next hotel room or to communicate with friends and family at home.

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This one is located in Cortez, Colorado. We already booked a motel for the night and we are about to visit Mesa Verde NP with its famous Pueblo dwellings. Just a fast lunch including coffee and cookie before we move on. That’s another advantage if you don’t want to spend precious time to get a coffee that you can drink. Their coffee isn’t great but it is still by far better than the regular filter coffee you get in most places.

The restaurant is located next to a garage and tire shop. There was a cool, old Dodge truck in front next to another truck and two old Japanese cars. Combined with the flat building and the blue sky they made the perfect picture.

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Of course a big yellow M goes very well with a blue sky too.

For those images I decided to use my prime lenses instead of the kit zoom. In my opinion there is a huge difference in the result. The zoom isn’t wide enough to capture the shots like the 14mm lens does. There is no way to compensate by “zooming with your legs” (one of the big urban myths, there is no such thing!). And the 23mm is much faster than the zoom which helps to declutter busy backgrounds. In my experience it pays to shoot prime lenses.

If you like the colors: These are RAW shots processed in LR. I used VSCO’s Provia film preset and Fuji’s Classic Chrome on top of it. I don’t know about you but

I’m loving it.

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