After ten years of marriage and the death of her husband, Helen Goodwin Renwick left Iowa and brought her son to Claremont, California. Mrs. Renwick then built her house in 1900 where she raised her son and became a philanthropist to Pomona College. Mrs. Renwick died at the age of 86 in July, 1930, bequeathing her home to Pomona College. From the obituary published July 31, 1930 in the Claremont Courier I found this charming line about Mrs. Renwick:
Following a romance of unusual charm she was married to William Renwick in 1879 and together they enjoyed their home and a companionship in Davenport, Iowa for 10 years.
The Renwick House now serve as the offices of the Pomona College Annual Giving department.
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Images From My Yard
This bouganvilla is climbing the south wall in our backyard, getting plenty of sun all day long, it was totally decimated a few years ago when the block wall was built to replace the old wood fence and is making a good come-back. The same treatment was given on the opposite side of the yard this past year when the wood was replaced by a new block wall. I can’t wait until all the bouganvilla comes back and our backyard perimeter will be covered by green and shades of red.
Images From My Yard
In the late afternoon of a late spring day last year this daylilly stood tall, basking in the sun and enticing the honey bees with its multi-colored plumage.
Images From My Yard
Another image from my backyard exercise with an extreme painterly effect from the application of the Alien Skin Snap Art 3 filter set.
Images From My Yard
This image is the first in a series of 15 floral images that were captured when I assigned myself a project to find images only in the backyard of my home. I captured this image with a regular zoom lens, not a macro lens, hand held. I achieved the impressionistic feeling for the image using an Alien Skin Snap Art 3 filter which applied an impasto like brushstroke, then using layer masking in Photoshop I applied a gaussian blur to the background elements.
This image reminds me of something you would find as the “face” of a greeting card, with of course a suitably sappy message imprinted on the inside.
A typical winter day in Southern, California. Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, on old Route 66 in Glendora, CA; the San Gabriel mountains in the background.
When I first started post processing this I was thinking “Italian Flag”, and while it has all the right colors, they were not proportioned right. Then as I looked at the image, more and more, it hit me, “angry bird!”.
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If you know what the phrase “Duck and cover” means, and probably practiced it, you know what this object is. Living in the Los Angeles area during the Cold War era I also know what an air raid siren sounds like. The Civil Defense authorities would test all of the sirens at 10:00 A.M. on one Friday a month, and if we were in school we were taught to duck under our school desks, crouch down in and curl our bodies in on themselves, and cover our heads with our hands. We were curled in to almost a fetal position waiting for our doom from the blast and tremendous heat of an exploding atomic bomb over our heads.
We were fortunate that we never had a bomb explode over us, and are fortunate that humanity has moved past the immediate threat of atomic annihilation, but others have not been as fortunate as us, either those who lived through the German V-1 bombing in Great Britain before our generation, or those who have lived through the “Shock And Awe” bombing in contemporary Bagdad. The sound the sirens make is all too real for these people, as is the impact of the devastation created by warring nations.
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The blog has returned to Orange, California this week as I explore this painterly style. The assistance I speak of in the title of this post is the “paint job” I did on the building housing the Assistance League. The actual color was a dull white and I thought the walls needed a color to set off the green door and window trim. I find this coloration bright and hopeful which seems apropos for an organization called “Assistance” League.
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These trees occupy part of the park like space that is adjacent to the Mathis Brothers store in Ontario, California as described in last Monday’s post.
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This is the Mathis Brothers furniture store in Ontario, California as viewed from the greenbelt separating the warehouse from the adjacent business park. The greenbelt area is intriguing to me, it seems like a monument of some sort, but I could not find any information about it. It consists of a huge water feature surrounded by greenery that brings to mind a very well maintained, high end golf course. It is roughly 1,200 feet long, about 200 feet wide at its apex and about 700 feet wide at its base.
To see an overview of this monument search for “Mathis Brothers, Inland Empire Boulevard, Ontario, CA” on Google maps (satellite view).
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Found at a Lowe’s home improvement store garden department. I believe this may be part of the syngonium family, commonly referred to as Arrowhead Vine, bur being wrong is something that I am very familiar with, so don’t try to win any bar bets based upon my authority. I was heavy handed with the painterly effects and it was by design, abstracting the image out so you can view it as you would a Rorshach ink blot, and let your imagination fill in the blanks.
I think it is never too late to go back and revisit images that have been previously captured and processed and bring a new perspective to the images based upon the passage of time and my own growth as an artist. I was happy with my last rendering of the Hale House image last July because I had achieved a personal milestone in processing tools and techniques in the rendering of that HDR image as described in that blog posting. Since that time I have been exploring more and more with tools and techniques that result in my images rendering in a decided painterly style.
In the case of this image, I did turn down the Clarity slider in Lightroom and brought up the Vibrance slider, and after sharpening and noise reduction then moved the image in to Photoshop and used Topaz Simplify to remove detail and soften textures, and add some definition to edges; then copied that layer and applied Simplify again. I applied final touches back in Lightroom. My goal in applying the painterly effects and amping up the color saturation and brightness is to defeat any perception of this being a documentary photograph and to allow the viewer’s mind to fill in any blanks in terms of the story this image might tell or feelings it might evoke.
Car Show Fortnight
We begin the wrap up of Car Show Fortnight at the Old Pomona Classic Car & Hot Rod show, in Pomona, California July 2, 2011. I really dug the tuck and roll upholstery in this rod, but my crude tone mapping does not do it justice. The cloth top, steering wheel and upholstery all perfectly complimented each other and played well off the shade of green on the body.
A closer view and from a slightly different angle of the Green Hot Rod, emphasizing the power plant. I applied an oil paint effect using the Topaz Labs Simplify plug-in for Photoshop. This is part of my exploration of painterly effects used with photographic images. My aim here is not to document, but rather to convey the essence of the scene in a manner that evokes emotional thought.
This is hot rod week at the blog and I am featuring two rods captured on July 2 at the “Old Pomona Hot Rod and Custom Car Show” at Thomas Plaza just off of Second Street in Pomona, California. Initial processing from RAW was done in Lightroom which was also used for sharpening and noise reduction. Nik’s HDR Efex Pro merged and tone mapped the three captures and Photoshop was used to add brightness and saturation adjustment layer that was then masked out of the green hot rod.
For a change of pace this week I am experimenting with applying painterly effects to my images and the first of these images I am sharing originated in my backyard a couple of months ago. The original RAW image was slightly overexposed, so I adjusted exposure and contrast in Lightroom. I pulled the image in to Photoshop and used the Topaz Labs Simplify plug-in to create an oil paint effect and I used a Photoshop filter to create a background layer of artificial sandstone texture. During these processes I also reduced detail and darkened objects that were in the background. I really wanted to emphasize the vertical lines from the rigid green stems and contrast them with the flower petals which have an almost creamy soft look to them.
Prior to capturing the image of the “Heritage Boxcar” that I posted this past Monday, I captured a few sets of brackets of the Hale House at Heritage Square, Los Angeles. The Hale House was constructed in 1887 in the Queen Anne and Eastlake styles by George W. Morgan who was a land speculator and real estate developer. The house was moved from its original location to a second location and changed hands a number of times before being purchased by James Gl Hale. Hale lived in the house a few years until he separated from his wife Bessie. After the separation Bessie Hale retained title to the house and lived in it until her death in a rest home in 1967, and ran the house as a boarding home for much of that time. The house was donated to the Cultural Heritage Foundation by Bessie Hale’s heir in 1970 and it was moved to its current location.
I have to say I am fairly proud of this image, I think it demonstrates that I have made some more progress practicing my HDR techniques. I started by mounting the Nikon D7000 on a tripod with the 18-135mm lens and with my Promote Control interfaced to the camera. I had Judy hold up a gray card in front of the house for one shot. I fired off a few sets of seven brackets (-3 EV to +3 EV) with slightly varying perspectives on the house and converted the camera raw files to DNG in Lightroom. Initially in the Lightroom Develop module I used the automatic color correction tool to key on the gray card and set the proper color setting on all the files, and I also used the automatic lens correction tool to correct any distortion. I exported the selected seven brackets to Nik’s HDR Efex Pro and applied one of the Realistic pre-sets which I then tweaked, then I converted to TIFF and sent the image file back to Lightroom. I then opened the HDR TIFF file and the middle bracket (-0-) DNG file in Photoshop. I then used layer masking to overlay the top of the chimney and the sky from the middle bracket to correct the top of the chimney which was blown out in the HDR and to replace a halo-ed sky with a clean sky. I also used content aware fill in Photoshop to remove a water faucet, garden hose, and some scattered cinder blocks from the lawn in front of the house. Back in Lightroom I made a slight crop to remove some of the gravel foreground, sharpened and applied minimal noise filtering.
Some macro action to start off the weekend. Judy has planted a bunch of these in the backyard, but I don’t have a clue as to their name, so the title of this blog post comes from the image sequence number from this photo shoot. I’ve got plenty more of this flower variety in various stages of unfolding and may post more variations in the future, if someone would like to help me out with identifying this specimen I can be more specific in the future. As it stands today, here is a flower that caught my eye, I like the colors and am fairly happy with the detail, not satisfied mind you, just fairly happy.
This was at the end of a recent photo walk Judy and did through Old Town, Pasadena, California. The shop is Marylinn’s Bridal Collection and it occupies the northwest corner of the Castle Green complex in Old Town. The buildings that comprise the Castle Green complex were originally constructed during the last twenty years of the 19th century, when Pasadena become known as a major winter resort location for people seeking the health benefits of the Southern California climate.
Bird of Paradise, that is. This is a revisit to images I captured earlier in the year while exploring the possibilities in my backyard. I created a quasi-HDR out of two JPG’s that were shot with a macro lens, hand-held. I like the sort of tough, leathery look of the leave, and the contrast between the greens and yellows.