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Bridges Auditorium Late Aftenoon

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 15mm ISO 320 1/250 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The Maybel Shaw Bridges Music Auditorium was designed by architect William Templeton and constructed in 1931 at a cost of $600,000; it seats 2,500.  This view s of the north and west facades of the auditorium which sits on the eastern edge of Marston Quad, at Pomona College, Claremont, California.

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Halls Of Academia

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The view looking south through Lebus Court at Pomona, College, Claremont, California.  Lebus Court was designed by Myron Hunt and erected in 1915 at the rear of Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music (“Little Bridges”).  Lebus Court, along with Rembrandt Hall houses the  Department of Art & Art History at the college.  The  building directly south is Harwood Hall, the first residential hall constructed on the campus in 1921.

In relative terms, the buildings and campus of Pomona College offer some of the most mature architecture and landscaping to be found in the Southern California area since they have been standing roughly 100 years.  This test of time is quite an achievement in a locale that has historically been ever evolving, ever changing during the past century and a half.  I really like the feeling I get from the stonework and the building structure and texture in this image, from the lush, fully mature greenery.  Pomona is a great campus for walking and enjoying green things, with many mature and majestic trees.  I have never been comfortable or inspired in schools and classrooms, never fully engaged in classroom learning, but being on the campus of Pomona College I get a great feeling of contentment and permanence.  This rendering makes me feel good.


Floral Impression #4

Images From My Yard

Nikon D7000 17-135mm @ 135mm ISO 1600 1/640 f/16 Lr3, SnapArt3; PsCS5

This image is the first in a series of 15 floral images that were captured when I assigned myself a project to find images only in the backyard of my home.  I captured this image with a regular zoom lens, not a macro lens, hand held.  I achieved the impressionistic feeling for the image using an Alien Skin Snap Art 3 filter which applied an impasto like brushstroke, then using layer masking in Photoshop I applied a gaussian blur to the background elements.

This image reminds me of something you would find as the “face” of a greeting card, with of course a suitably sappy message imprinted on the inside.


Roofline With Bird

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 135mm ISO 1250 1/2500 f/16 Lr4

One of the photographic exercises I task myself with from time to time is to find objects in my own backyard to make images from.  This is the roofline of my next door neighbor’s house, as seen from my backyard.  I like the diagonal lines created by the vents, the wood trim and the roof tiles, as well as the recurring pattern of the tiles, and how it all plays against the deep, blue sky.


Portal To Three Worlds

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/16 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PSCS5

A doorway leading to 165, 167 and 169 North Glendora Avenue, Glendora, California.  What worlds lie behind this doorway?  You will have to pass through the portal to find out.


Tucking In To An Early Supper

Nikon D7000 1-24mm @ 24mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A spring evening just off of South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, California and four compatible souls tuck in to a quiet supper under a clear sky.  The interloping photographer unnoticed.

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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.


No Fear

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 44mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/18 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The view towards the west from the Metrolink commuter rail platform at the downtown, Pomona, California station at 3:33:44 P.M., December 6, 2011, as reconstructed in my mind.  As I think about man’s capacity to achieve great and significant works through his intellect and industry, and  his capacity to still manage to reek destruction upon himself and the Earth.  And as I think about the fearlessness of the ignorant and innocent.

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