Images & Observations

Valet Ballet

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 120mm ISO 200 1/160 f/8 Lr3; SEP2

Parking valets and their clients after lunch on Colorado Boulevard, Old Town, Pasadena, California.  I captured this image looking east from in front of the Pottery Barn at Fair Oaks and Colorado, which is a good location to capture the passing parade of daily life.  Particularly on a hot day, when you park yourself in front of the open door way of the Pottery Barn and they are blowing all that cool air out the open doors.

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2 responses

  1. Great street photography. Funny hair on the lady in stripes.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:13 AM

  2. Thanks, Jan. I had a bit of a challenge between the original intense black of her hair which had little discernible detail so I ended up dodging it, but it seems the harsh direct sun on it makes it look more like string than hair. (Makes me think of hair extensions, which might be the reality). I also ended up burning in and darkening her pants, they were so blown out in the original image that you could not see the creases in them. I think all of this just proves that no one is in perfect, pristine condition, no matter what glamourous advertisements might suggest.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:19 PM

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