Month: October 2015

T.L. Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar

Installed in the early 1920’s this is the Historic Oak Bar

T.L. Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar is one of the finest restaurants in Bakersfield and is location in the oldest building in downtown transporting customers back in time to the magical atmosphere of the 1940s. It was built between 1895 and 1905. The restaurant has consistently attained the highest marks for service, food and atmosphere from local restaurant critic, Pete Tittl of the Bakersfield Californian news paper.

  • 1421 17th Place
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    Tue – Fri: 5:30 pm – 9 pm
    Sat: 5:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Phone: (661) 323-6889

_DSC2601Interior of main dinning room

_DSC2603Fabulous selection of fine wines

_DSC2635The classic Cesar Salad

_DSC2668Cajun Crab Cakes with Roulade sauce

_DSC2673Pork Tenderlion

_DSC2688Pork Tenderlion


Orange Roughy Caribbean with mango, cilantro, and Rum sauce

_DSC2758Chocolate Turtle Dessert

©2015 Eric James Swearingen

Bakersfield Magazine




There is nothing more satisfying than a juicy steak char broiled on an open fire. This image depicts a classic barbecued thick cut New York steak on the grill.

The initial idea for this shot derives from the other night, when I was sitting at a camp fire as the coals burned down to mere embers. I decided to try photographing them using a Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 prime lens and my Nikon D800 @ ISO 580 around a ¼ of a second exposure time.

The next day when review the results, I thought it would be great to have a steak cooking over that fire. After a brief search though the archives I was able to find a suitable image from a previous shoot at Krush Restaurant & Bar photographed using full production lighting system, so it looked really nice and well defined. Then, I add a photoshopped grill silhouette between the steak and embers. Last thing needed to sell the images was a bit of smoke again retrieved from archived pictures. Hopefully the composite looks natural enough to pass undetected by the casual viewer and is accepted as just another production image. I think it could work well with graphics for an Advertisement.

©2015 Eric James Swearingen
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