Images & Observations

Night Scene

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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A Better Burger Joint

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 1600 1/40 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

In-N-Out, which is a small chain with its origins in Southern California and has near cult status when it comes to fast food burgers.  People either seem to love them or hate them.  They produce a a very distinctive fast food burger that comes off of a flat top (griddle), instead of the usual shredded lettuce and chopped onions the burgers are garnished with fresh whole lettuce leaves, fresh sliced tomato and a fresh sliced disc of onion.   They should not be  compared to char-broiled (grilled) burgers, totally different animal.  I like their Double-Double, double meat and double American cheese; while I take mine with usual onion, tomato and lettuce, I have them hold the “spread” and hold the cheese, to lower the fat, and add mustard and ketchup.  Now that is a very satisfying burger when you have a hankering for that genre of burger.

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The Hat At Dusk

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 1250 1/100 f/16 Lr4

Here is another outpost of The Hat (my last Hat post), this one is located on old Route 66 in Glendora, California.  I was out in the parking lot and on the sidewalk capturing images while Judy was inside, getting us a grilled cheese sandwich.  The folks inside were apparently mystified why some guy would be outside taking photos of their restaurant.  Easy answer: The Hat is an iconic roadside eatery with great graphics, and we dig their menu of foods that our medical practioners would tell us to avoid.

 


Temple of the Underclothes Sect

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 1600 3-bkts f/22 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

There it looms, radiating mystical colors in the dark night, the temple of the underclothes sect.  Legend has it that when the moon is overhead, scantily clad maidens with wings of angeles will appear on the second level of the temple, beckoning men with fat wallets and wakened libidos and matrons with aspirations of pulchritudinous physiques and unfulfilled dreams of romance in to the inner chamber of the temple.  Once inside, and under the spell of the priestess of the temple, the men and women will make offerings of their treasures and be rewarded with the sacred garments.  The men and women will leave the temple with their sacred garments and dreams of rapturous moments to come, but no certainty of fulfillment.  And the angels  will deliver the collected treasure to the coffers of the deities in the great temple known as New York Stock Exchange, and then return to the Third World where they will trade acorns for more sacred garments before the next new moon.

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Dark Alley, Bright Light

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 2500 1/20 f/3.5 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS5

The light might bring brightness and a sense of warmth to an alley on the back side of a block of buildings, but the light only radiates so far, and as you walk beyond the light, your eyes do not adapt immediately, and you enter the surrounding shadows with an enhanced sense of foreboding, not sure what demons lurk in the darkness beyond, and then you begin to approach the next pool of light.


The Fountain At Library Park

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/14 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

Continuing our visit to Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California on a recent evening I discovered a gem of a park that I had really never noticed in all the years when I used to drive and would drive by without really noticing it.  You see and appreciate so much more when you are on foot, or in a power chair that won’t get up to more than five miles an hour.

This was shot hand-held, the three brackets at 1/50, 1/10 and 1/3.  Very minimal tweaking in Lightrooom and Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.

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Last Call

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 50mm ISO 2500 1/13 f/4.8 Lr3; SEP2

The last customer of the evening at closing time at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Old Town, Pasadena, California.  I debated with myself about whether I would publish this or not.  This final image is about a 20% slice of a full DX frame from the camera, that I should have cropped in camera by using a longer focal length (and with the camera in a vertical orientation), so the detail quality of this rendering would have been up to my standards.  I liked the possible stories that this image conjures up so much that I decided to share it.  Next time I will be more deliberate, and think my shot through, before just clicking the shutter in reaction to the moment.

The shot was through a window and there is some reflection from some exterior lights that interferes with the image.  I did alter the tones in the man’s face because it was distorted by the reflected light (possibly some neon tubing across the street) but left a remnant of the neon tube in his hair (I did not want to manipulate this street life image more than necessary).  You can also discern some banding of the image from the reflected light. I have been thinking about distractive light reflections a lot recently while capturing more shop window images and I have come to the conclusion that while my primary interet is what is behind a shop window, that in real life as you look through a window unwanted reflections are usually present to one degree or another, so if I can’t cleanly eliminate them, I might as well accept them as part of the reality of the scene as we live it.