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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Interpretive Digital Imaging
This is a re-interpretation of the image featured in my “Man Cannot Live By Eating Cake Alone…” blog post. When I first processed this image, rendering it as a straight forward HDR color image just did not speak to me, which is why I went with the sepia toned black & white. After I re-approached the color image this time around I followed my instinct to imbue it with painterly effects and I am very happy how this works for me. This is a far more expressive image than a straight color image, HDR or not, would be.
But without some cake once in a while, there is no icing in life. Chino, California locals can find their cake and icing at the Royalty Cakes at 7th & D Street at what remains of the original Chino downtown. This block of buildings, (apparently commonly known as the Thomlinson Buildings) fronted on D Street and extending from this corner west, past an alleyway to 6th Street are the last vestiges of original, period, business structures in “downtown” Chino. I am not certain how far back in time they go, I tried contacting the city Development Agency to get some history, but have so far not been successful. Any other commercial buildings, which I believe stood across D Street, were bulldozed and replaced by the Chino Civic Center in the latter part of the 20th century, and while it consists of modern buildings in a park like setting, the Civic Center buildings (City Hall, local courts, police department) just do not have the same charm or ambiance of life in an earlier time that the Thomlinson Buildings have.
You do not see a lot of brick used in construction in Southern California, particularly in contemporary architecture, so that is another reason why the Thomlinson Buildings are a treasure. The large building in the right background looming over the Thomlinson Buildings is the Robert Pile Chaffee College Chino Information Technology Center (a mouthful of a name if I ever heard one). Chaffee is a well established two year institution that has its home in Rancho Cucamonga, the IT center that was erected just a few years ago on land controlled by the Chino Development Agency, Chaffee also has a classroom facility in a former bank building about a block away on Central Avenue, and has begun building a satellite campus in south central Chino, and has completed three contemporary buildings there. What I like about the IT Center building is its extensive use of brick and classic architectural style, which I believe compliments and enhances the ambiance of the Thomlinson Buildings area.
As with all my images, I originally captured this image in color, and I like the way the color HDR image (HDR Efex Pro) emerged, but I felt I had to render this in black and white with sepia toning applied (Silver Efex Pro 2), to help convey that these buildings represent an earlier era, and to demonstrate my respect for our past. SEP was also used to create the vignetting and the burned edge border.