Images & Observations

Eyes For You

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 48mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/8 Lr3, HDR Efex Pro; SEP2

Southern California is diametrically opposite of Manhattan, in New York City.  Southern Californians live in their cars, New Yorkers live on their streets.  The real estate is more spread out in Southern California compared to Manhattan and in terms of street photography, New York photographers live right in the Mother Lode.  Compelling street images are an order of magnitude harder to come by in the L.A. area, then the streets of New York, but I believe it is still worth the effort, so with some inspiration from Mark Garbowski, I have become a little more aggressive with my street photography.

The scene above is the east end of Mercantile Place in Old Town, Pasadena, California.  Mercantile Place or more like a wide alley way that extends one block from Raymond Avenue (seen in the background) west to Fair Oaks Avenue.  Old Town is the revitalized old commercial district in Pasadena, and is now home to various boutique type retailers, restaurants, bars and a multi-screened cinema.   When we visit the area we like to use a parking structure that is adjacent to Mercantile Place (you can see it as the monolithic wall in the background of this image), so Mercantile Place is always on our route to or from the car.  I like the way the canopy of trees frame this shot, the structure on the immediate left in this image is the patio for Lucky Baldwin’s pub, the structure on the right is a side entrance, trying to entice gullible passers by in to the local Scientology center (note the “open house” sign).  I think we can surmise from the image that this couple has neither booze nor crackpot cultism on their minds.

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6 responses

  1. Hi Wayne. Thanks for the nod. I’m glad my work offered you some encouragement. The best way to feel more comfortable is to just keep doing it.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:42 AM

  2. Nice shot Wayne.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:55 AM

  3. ken bello

    Another interesting cyanotype.

    Any town can yield great photos if you approach it with the right attitude. The world if full of interesting places.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    • I agree, Ken. I just think we have to give some forethought to our locations, I’d rather be shooting in a “target rich” environment when it comes to street life rather than being on “stake out” for hours at a time, waiting for the subjects to come in to play. But we should always be ready to capture the image when we do come upon a scene that captures our eye, and that can happen anywhere at anytime.

      April 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

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