Images & Observations

Shop Windows

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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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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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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Shop Window #295

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 1600 3-Bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A little bit of serenity in the commercial district on Glendora Avenue in Glendora, California.  Shop windows are a great subject for practicing your image capture skills.  Many windows are dull, or “junked up” or just sort of “thrown together”, but then you come upon the occasional interesting or artistically arranged window, and if the lighting is not working against you (reflections on window glass, opposing color temperatures between incandescent lighting and full daylight, clean glass) and you might capture something interesting.

Keeping The Lights On

Shop Windows

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 15mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

What could be better than sitting at home in front of the television than going out to experience life in the real world.  Anticipating that moment when the man in the candy store window loses his balance and comes crashing out on to the sidewalk.  It beats watching paint dry.

Four Dandified Dummies & One Working Stiff

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 19mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

On South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California.  A real man doing an honest day’s work contrasted by a merchandiser’s ideal of a fashionably and expensively clad gentleman.

Hanging Out With Dad

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 14mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS

The scene is the South Lake Avenue shopping district in Pasadena, California.  Life couldn’t be better for a young girl than a leisurely afternoon window shopping ride with the family dog and dad towing us in a red wagon.

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Angry Bird

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 2500 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

When I first started post processing this I was thinking “Italian Flag”, and while it has all the right colors, they were not proportioned right.  Then as I looked at the image, more and more, it hit me, “angry bird!”.

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