Images & Observations

Del Mar Building Trio

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 35mm ISO 2000 3-bkts f/13 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS5

These buildings stand on the north side of Del Mar Boulevard between South Raymond Avenue in the foreground and South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, California.   Coming up Raymond from where we parked I was attracted by the bold colors of the buildings which reflect the re-urbanization of Pasadena, they were constructed after the beginning of the new millenium and are primarily housing units with maybe some business activity on portions of the first floors; there is an interurban rail line that passes through the red building in the center.  This block of buildings is situated on the southern edge of Old Town Pasadena, adjacent to many Pasadena historic structures.

I started with an HDR processed image, used Lightroom to flatten some of the detail, then went further with Topaz Simplify.  Then masked back in some of the detail at varying opacity; then hand painted in all of the white building in order to get the color  and texture where I wanted it.

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4 responses

  1. great blocks of color!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    • Thanks, Sheila, I guess we have some real estate developer to thank for the color scheme.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM

  2. Liking the way your last few images look. Like painted vectors. Cool.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    • Thanks, Aaron. I really am liking the process of simplifying the objects in the images to their essentials.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:32 PM

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