Images & Observations

The Hardware Store

Nikon D80 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/22 HDR Efex Pro SEP2

This is Patterson Hardware on Central Avenue in Fillmore, California.  If you are a member of the digital generation you may not know what an independent hardware store looked like, back in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  No big box warehouse like emporium, no big national chain operation, no Home Depot and Lowe’s duopoly with a large corporate advertising budget.  Just a guy in a store front, with a sign on the front,  the time to devote to his customers, and a lifetime of tools, widgets, and sundry objects packed on the shelves and cataloged in his mind.

As I was capturing brackets out on the sidewalk, Judy was inside engaging in some commerce.  She had remembered that she needed some little odd ball doodad that has something to do with a lampshade and headed inside to see the man.  He fixed her right up.  Better than a possibly unsuccessful special trip to the big box store.

After HDR processing I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to black and white, and give the image a vintage look.

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3 responses

  1. Ken Bello

    The HDR and B&W look great on this, Wayne. There are a few of those hardware stores around here and they usually have whatever I need. I try to patronize them whenever possible.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM

  2. Thanks, Ken. Independent hardware stores, barber shops, the corner drug store, the five and dime, et al, have all become somewhat anachronistic, haven’t they. It makes one nostalgic for a simpler time.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:07 AM

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