Images & Observations

Local Icons: Riverside

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HDR Efex Pro; PsCS5

Sharing the corner of Sixth and Main (foreground) Streets in Riverside, California are two icons of Riverside history, the Mission Inn and a navel orange tree with a bountiful crop of fruit.  The Mission Inn’s origin was an adobe boarding house built by Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876, in 1903 his son, Frank Miller took control of the property and began a decades long building spree that eventually eliminated the original structure and replaced it, piece-meal with a much more ambitious structure that is commonly known as the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States.

This image only hints at the panoply of architectural components that comprise the entire site, with various components designed by architects Arthur B. Benton, Myron Hunt and G. Stanley Wilson and which reflect Spanish Gothic, Moorish Revival, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Colonial Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Mediterranean Revival Style architecture.

The orange tree is very significant to Riverside residents as the national commercial production and marketing of the navel orange began with the first two trees trees planted by Eliza Tibbets (from specimens collected in Brazil by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) in 1873.  In the early 20th century Southern California became the center of the citrus fruit industry in the United States.

Using layers and masking in Photoshop I desaturated most of the image, and then brought out the color saturation in the tree.  I also removed some distracting elements. I am still having focus issues and am not satisfied with the sharpness of this image.

Author’s note: Can you find my cloning error in the original image rendition?

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7 responses

  1. Super composition, Wayne. Terrific processing,

    March 28, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    • Thanks, John. A lot of interesting angles within the actual grounds of the Mission Inn too.

      March 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM

  2. ken bello

    The Mission Inn is a beautiful building. We don’t have many orange trees in New York, so it’s alway nice to see one with fruit. I like the tonality of this, Wayne. Very nice.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    • Thanks, Ken, just wish I could have got the tree in sharper focus.

      March 31, 2011 at 9:07 AM

  3. I can’t find the cloning issue – it probably seems much bigger to you than it is. Soft focus can work, but I share your frustration as I experience it intermittently myself.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM

  4. Thanks, Mark. Despite the favorable comments I’ve received on this, I am probably going to re-do the cloning in the near future, every time I look at this rendition I flinch.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:14 AM

  5. Pingback: Southwest Wing Mission Inn « Wayne Frost's Photo Blog

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