Images & Observations

Ready For Holiday Shoppers

 

Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 1250 3 Bkts f/6.7 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

Victoria’s Secret anchoring (or providing the foundation for) the stores at the corner of Main Street and City Center Drive at The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.  Killing some time while waiting, and then deciding not to take in a movie, we took a few shots of the stores, people and decorative lighting at The Shoppes at Chino Hills, which is the baby brother of Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.  There is more to see and photograph at Victoria Gardens, but neither of us was feeling like a 20 minute drive to get there.

A tripod was not used, instead all images were captured using my new monopod.  Tripod legs always interfere with the power chair, and if using a tripod I can’t get myself close enough to the camera mounted on the tripod to see through the view finder, the monopod fits between my knees, right in front of the chair.  Exposure times were 1/8, .7 and 3 seconds for this HDR image.  Look closely and you will see a hint of ghosting on the street right in front of Victoria’s Secret, a car was passing through the T-intersection.  I did try to out wait the motor vehicles passing by, and the pedestrians to avoid as much ghosting as possible.

As noted above, Nik HDR Efex Pro was used for the HDR processing and tone mapping, exposure and contrast adjustments were made using the Nik Control Point tool in selected areas of the image (sky, palm trees, Victoria store front, various other store facades).

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