Images & Observations

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Donut Construction Site

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Long before there were McMuffins there were donuts for “healthy” Americans to start their day.  Back in the day Winchell’s was a favorite stop for me when I was craving a crumb cake donut, and no construction barriers would have kept me from getting to a dozen donuts.  (I have been paying the price for that behavior ever since.)

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Taken To The Cleaners

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 48mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS6

Whether to get dirty cloths clean or to undergo a fleecing, we all know what “taken to the cleaners” means.  I am certain that in this case it has always meant getting your fashionable clothes cleaned in Pasadena, California.  I don’t know where the locals take their unfashionable clothes to be cleaned, though.

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The Dog House

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/8 Lr4, Tpz Sim; PsCS6

Hungry, but a hamburger from In-N-Out does not appeal to you, just head next door to Big Daddy’s Fire Grill Pasadena, California  in for wood fired burgers, dogs and sausages.  I recommend the chili dog, a quarter pound hot dog slathered with a full bodied, lightly spiced chile.

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Burger Queue

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 800 1/100 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The always present line up of cars waiting their turn at the In-N-Out drive thru in Pasadena, California.  I recommend the “Double Double”, hold the spread and add mustard and ketchup.

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Pie ‘N Burger

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP2, TpzSim; PsCS6

Pie ‘N Burger has been a locals institution seemingly forever in Pasadena, California.  It is practically next door to Caltec and likely a lot of science and engineering students and teachers  have had either pie or burgers or both there during its tenure.  I ate their once, years ago when Judy introduced it to me, my recollection, however, was one of feeling underwhelmed with both the pies and the burgers.  But it’s a cozy little embodiment of a certain genre.

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Mimi’s Cafe

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm iso 200 1/15 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Mimi’s Cafe, Chino Hills, California.  A chain, but even a chain has its virtues, good breakfasts, muffins and the clam chowder is very decent (when hot and fresh).

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Cafe Opera & Bakery

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 40mm ISO 200 1/125 F/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

On Myrtle Avenue in the pedestrian friendly Old Town, Monrovia, California.  There are quite a few restaurants and retauraunt/bars in this neighborhood.

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“I’ve got your back.”

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 150mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

Two buddies keeping an eye on the passing scene on the South Main Street pedestrian promenade at The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.

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Decorative Doors

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @18mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/10 Lr4,HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

Found at 140 East Lemon Avenue, Monrovia, California in an unmarked building.  Despite their embellishments it did not seem that the doors were welcoming any visitors, a little research indicated that behind the doors might be an industrial carpet cleaning company.  What ever the mystery behind the doors, I just liked the look of the doors.

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A Very, Mini, Mart

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3=bkts f/10 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

I found this “hole in the wall” newsstand sandwiched between more imposing storefronts on Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California.  I was attracted to the colors and lines, and am fascinated by tiny, almost, diminutive businesses.  I always wonder how many newspapers, packs of cigarettes or packs of gum do the operators of these business have to sell  over how many hours a day in order to sustain their fixed expenses, let alone make a living wage?

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Clifton Middle School

Nikon D7000 18-200mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4,TpzSim; PsCS6

When I was growing up we called them “junior high schools”, apparently the current term is “middle school”.  As far as learning, there is no middle to the process, in life we should always be learning something.

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Renwick House

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 200 3- bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP2, TpzSim; PsCS6

After ten years of marriage and the death of her husband, Helen Goodwin Renwick left Iowa and brought her son to Claremont, California.  Mrs. Renwick then built her house in 1900 where she raised her son and became a philanthropist to Pomona College.  Mrs. Renwick died at the age of 86 in July, 1930, bequeathing her home to Pomona College.  From the obituary published July 31, 1930 in the Claremont Courier  I found this charming line about Mrs. Renwick:

Following a romance of unusual charm she was married to William Renwick in 1879 and together they enjoyed their home and a companionship in Davenport, Iowa for 10 years.

The Renwick House now serve as the offices of the Pomona College Annual Giving department.

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A Quiet Campus Sidewalk

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 320 1/8 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

It is late afternoon on the sidewalk under the shade of mature trees lining Sixth Street on the campus of Pomona College, Claremont, California.  The building is Clark Hall V, a student residence, the tower in the background is Smith Tower which has both a clock and carillon.  By local tradition the carillon chimes at 47 minutes after every hour.

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Bridges Auditorium – West Facade

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

A head-on shot of Bridges Auditorium situated behind a plaza on the east end of Marston Quad at Pomona College, Claremont, California.  Bridges faces the Carnegie (Library) building which sits across College Avenue at the west end of Marston Quad.

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Smiley Hall

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 20mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/11 :Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Albert K. Smiley Hall (1908).  The first residence hall built on the campus of Pomona College, Claremont, California.  This is a great campus for walking around and enjoying and appreciating the lush landscaping that the college buildings are set in.  Clean and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the Southern California megalopolis.

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The Journey Begins Here

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 20mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/8 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

These gate posts are not only a starting point for young minds inquisitive and motivated to expand their “book learning” knowledge and exercise their intellect, but they also represent a departure point from the sheltered world of youth and academia to begin the exploration of life throughout the wider world.  Open without any obstacles they present  an opportunity to those who would boldly cross their threshold in search of awareness beyond their immediate radius.

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2:40 P.M. At Claremont Station

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/13 Lr4,HEP1,TpzSim; PsCS6

All is quiet at the station on a spring afternoon until…

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B-25 Mitchell

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/18 Lr4; PsCS6

This is another angle on “Mitch The Witch II” that was featured in an earlier post.  As described in the earlier post, “Mitch The Witch II” has had a colorful history and is still flying out of the Palm Springs Air Museum.  I’ve started playing with the HDR Pro filter in Photoshop CS6 and used it on this image, I am liking the results I am getting with this, but I have also recently upgraded to HDR Efex Pro 2 and am liking those results also.

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Daylilly #53

A Backyard Find

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 130mm ISO 400 3-bkts f/16, Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PSCS5

The Bird of Paradise plants and the Daylillies seem to have a symbiotic relationship along the back wall of the backyard.

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The Gauntlet

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 100 1/15 f/9/5 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

This was the gauntlet of palms that I passed through, avoiding the photography police, while trying to capture some images on my last visit to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.  The mall cops never caught me this time, but I kept moving, and did not use a tripod to avoid discovery.

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Convention Center From Embarcadero Marina

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 40mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The San Diego Convention Center as seen across Embarcadero Marina from Embarcadero Park North.  An exercise in a painterly style using Topaz Simplify.

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Still In Love After All These Years

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 28mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/16 Lr4; HEP1

A Stingray (C2) on display at the North San Diego County Corvette Club’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012, North Embarcadero Park.

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Peacock Syndrome

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4; HEP1

One of the many Corvettes on display at San Diego’s Embarcadero Park North at the North County Corvette Club of San Diego’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012.


Harbor Towers Standing Watch

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

The Hyatt Manchester, San Diego twin towers standing watch over Embarcadero Marina.  I applied my painterly style to this image and I think it works well, with richer color and density, expressing a feeling of calmness on a bright, Southern California day.  For comparison purposes here is the straight HDR that this was derived from: