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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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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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Rear View

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 16mm ISO 200 1/50 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

This ismage validates the photographer’s mantra “Always look behind.”  This image was captured from approximately the same postion as the image published last week, titled “Back Door of Commerce”, just with the camera’s stationary postion rotated 180 degrees.  When you are out and about looking for scenes to photograph, always, always remember to check out everything  around you, sometimes the changes in perspective can be astounding.

The building houses the Robert Pile Chaffey College Information Center on Seventh Street, which was redeveloped in the former downtown Chino commercial center by the city, Chaffey College and technology industry sponsors for teaching information technology programs.  I really like the work that the landscape architect did in the plaza which is behind the adjacent school building, and the commercial buildings on “D” street, the stand of fir trees give me good environmental vibes.

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Back Door of Commerce

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 12mm ISO 200 1/50 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

This is a section of commercial building wall that originally faced an alley behind “D” Street in Chino, California.  This was the home of a hardware store at one time.  I was attracted by the textures, colors and remnants of commerce painted on the wall.

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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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Memorial To An Education Uncompleted & A Life Cut Short

Nikon D7000 1-200mm @ 18mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/13 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

I love these doors, I love the drama of the entire threshold.  This is the Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges), Pomona College, Claremont, California.  The Mission style building was designed by Myron Hunt and built in 1915.  It had it latest renovation in 2001.  The building was a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Appleton Shaw Bridges in honor of their daughter Mabel Shaw Bridges ’08, who died after an illness in 1907.


The Carnegie Legacy

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 20mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The Carnegie Library on the campus of Pomona College was opened in 1908 after receiving a grant from the Carnegie Foundation and is one of two academic libraries built by the Carnegie Foundation in California.  The building on the campus in Claremont, California was repurposed after the present campus library was completed in 1953 and now is known as the Carnegie Building and houses Social Sciences offices and classrooms.  The Library was designed by Franklin P. Burnham using reinforced concrete in the Classical Revival style.

Andrew Carnegie  one of the wealthiest men that the United States had produced was a Scottish immigrant who began as a worker in a bobbin factory and eventually rose through the railroading and steel industries to become one of the largest philanthropists in American history after he sold Carnegie Steel to J.P. Morgan (who through merger turned it in to United States Steel)  and netted the equivalent in 2012 dollars of  $6,303,451,104.


Urban Study #73

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 200 1/2000, 1/500, 1/125 f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

Still in Monrovia, California, this is the northwest corner of Foothill and Myrtle, just across Myrtle from the First Presbyterian Church.  I really enjoy capturing urban scenes that are reminiscent of life during the first half of the twentieth century, I think they remind me of my own childhood and the innocence of childhood.  This scene is much more interesting produces a feeling of warmth that is not present in contemporary commercial structures in my opinion.  The white lines breaking up the brickwork and the repetition of the green awnings give me a good feeling in this scene.

The D7000 and the 18-200mm Nikkor lens did a very nice job in capturing a high resolution image in these brackets.  You can actually make out some of the broadcast towers on top of Mt. Wilson in the background, which are approximately 12 miles distant.


Urban Study #44; Verticality

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 20mm ISO 1600 1/500, 1/125, 1/30 f/16 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A big box store at the Chino Spectrum & Marketplace in Chino, California.  I like the vertical lines and the warm color tones that play against the cool evening sky.


Corner Church #202

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Glendora United Methodist Church, Glendora, California.  What caught me eye when I came upon this scene was the placement of the church entrance right on the apex of the corner, I found it quite welcoming, and I also like the proportions of the entire building, how it seems to fit perfectly on the lot and is framed by the mature trees.


Monument To A Deity

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 800 1/250 f/16 +2EV -2EV Lr4 HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Returning to where this blog left at the beginning of last week, we are back in the city of Glendora, California where we captured another monumental structure, the First Christian Church.  As the title of this post implies, on the surface the church building is a monument to the Christian Deity, however, I submit that it is really a monument to the people who founded this church.  Those who organized and brought the first congregants together, who raised the funding and navigated through the process of building and furnishing the structure.  Given that Christian religions see God as a manifestation of Man, I have to draw the conclusion that while church building’s may serve to celebrate, revere and worship their related Deities, the buildings themselves really serve as a monument to those persons who have successfully promoted the philosophical values embraced by their peer leaders.  The people founded, nurtured and sustained the church, not some mystic Deity.

I am intrigued by the dark tones of  the windows and other structural elements against the stark whiteness of the concrete structure, it really leaves me with a feeling of severity.  Kind of like the severity of a religious zealot obsessed with punishing those who might transgress the moral standards of the zealot.

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Monumental Structures

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

One can make the argument that any given city hall building is a monument to self (those that founded and developed the city).  Here is a monument in front of a monument.  The Glendora, California City Hall, “guarded” by a monument in the form of an obelisk that was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution on the city’s centennial, although it would appear from the inscription that the obelisk is another monument to self:

IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE CITY OF GLENDORA
AND
THE SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE INCORPORATION OF THE CITY OF GLENDORA
AND
THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE PRESENTATION OF
THE CENTURLON VAULT AND OBELISK

THIS MARKER IS PLACED AND DEDICATED OCTOBER 1985
BY
SERRANO CHAPTER
NATIONAL SOCIETY
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
MRS. ROYAL WHATLEY – REGENT
MRS. BARBARA ALBRECHT – HISTORIAN
MRS. RALPH FISHER – ADVISOR


Urban Study #152

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 58mm ISO 200 1/60 f/18 +2EV -2EV Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The viewpoint for this image is looking across the intersection and across Garey Avene, from the northwest corner of Garey and Second Street, Pomona, California.

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Flag Bearer

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 36mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

This is another campus of Le Cordon Bleu on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California.  Some observers report seeing students lined up on the roof removing their toques, holding them in front of their hearts and pledging allegiance to the flag as it is raised in the morning, and then doing calisthenics including jumping jacks with pots and pans clattering in their hands.  Rumor has it that at the end of the school year the students are lined up on the ledge on the periphery of the building, and those that passed are allowed to step down as they are presented with their diplomas.  Those that failed are pushed over the ledge.  There is some evidence to substantiate this fictive claim by alcohol addled sous chefs as there are blue and pink lines drawn on Colorado Boulevard in front of the building to indicate the landing zone.  However, there have been reports of occasional sightings of failed culinary students maning the grill in Arby’s restaurants.

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Side Entrance

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

This is another angle on Le Cordon Bleu at the corner of Green and Oakland in Pasadena, California.  This is a side entrance on the Oakland side of the building.  I like the framing elements around the doorway and the windows and the reflection of the church in the window.  While we were capturing these images culinary students were scuttling between this building and an adjacent campus half a block away, up on Colorado Boulevard.

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Hobbs Battery

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 48mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

It has probably been a long time since this building on Glassell Street in Orange, California had an inventory of batteries for sale, but I am glad the advertising sign on the side of the building has survived.  I love the look of mature buildings with period decoration or art work on them, even commercial art work.

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Coffee Repository

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Another view from Plaza Square in the city of Orange, California.  After capturing this image we made a couple of withdrawals from the “repository” and I enjoyed a Mocha Frappuccino.  I am not sure what the deal is with Starbucks cropping up inside of other businesses but I am guessing that there may be more coffee transactions than pure financial transactions occurring in this building on a daily basis.  One Starbucks in Pasadena, California seems to have totally subsumed the bank branch it was planted inside of.

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Giving A Little Assistance To The Assistance League

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 800 1/640 f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The blog has returned to Orange, California this week as I explore this painterly style.  The assistance I speak of in the title of this post is the “paint job” I did on the building housing the Assistance League.  The actual color was a dull white and I thought the walls needed a color to set off the green door and window trim.  I find this coloration bright and hopeful which seems apropos for an organization called “Assistance” League.

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Glassell Street Slalom Course

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 38mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 (4 panels) Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A downhill ski slalom course is what the positioning of the light standards and green refuse containers along the sidewalk remind me of, or maybe a slalom course for roller bladers.  This final image is actually a composite of four HDR images that I lined up together, after flipping two of the images horizontally to create the symmetry.  Edward Hopper is one of my influences and his “Early Sunday” image was in the back of my mind when I conceived of this layout.

The stylistic direction that I have been going in is a direct influence of work by the painter Edward Hopper during the first half of the 20th century and also by the illustrator, Bruce McCall in contemporary times.  I like their choice of subjects, their techniques influence my use of saturated colors, simplified shapes and lines and the seeming flatness or lack of texture that I create in what would usually be considered textured or sculpted (multi-dimensional) objects.

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The Corner Pizzeria

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 31mm ISO 400 1/400 f/11 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS5

Located at corner of Yale Avenue and 2nd Street in Claremont Village (Claremont, California) is a staple of any college town, the pizzeria.  Where it is likely local merchants and farmers were once conducting monetary transactions with their banker in another time, dough of another kind is being tossed and baked.


Indecision, Redux

Another Exercise With Painterly Effects and Play Upon Imagination

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 20 ISO 640 3-bkts f/11 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Wherein the “Clark Kent” look-alike guy from  this past September is still uncertain.  Will he ever figure it out?  Will he be given a sign by a superior being, such as a demonstration of spontaneous combustion, the sound of trumpets blaring, or in the guise of a passing stranger?  Did he already receive a sign and fail to recognize it?  Is he forever doomed by his conundrum or has he chosen a course and is about to charge off in another direction?


Waiting For The Light

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/25 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

It was an early summer evening in Glendora, California when we came upon this scene.  The light changed to green and the woman went on here way, and we proceeded across and up the street to capture shop windows in the fading light.


Sixth Floor Northwest

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 50mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/22 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

This is the same building as last Tuesday’s image.  I simply wanted to showcase the stone work and the detail in the pediment, and I love all of the geometric shapes.  Did some simplification of all of the large objects and masked back detail in the pediment and the bas relief in the sixth floor left corner.


Del Mar Building Trio

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 35mm ISO 2000 3-bkts f/13 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS5

These buildings stand on the north side of Del Mar Boulevard between South Raymond Avenue in the foreground and South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, California.   Coming up Raymond from where we parked I was attracted by the bold colors of the buildings which reflect the re-urbanization of Pasadena, they were constructed after the beginning of the new millenium and are primarily housing units with maybe some business activity on portions of the first floors; there is an interurban rail line that passes through the red building in the center.  This block of buildings is situated on the southern edge of Old Town Pasadena, adjacent to many Pasadena historic structures.

I started with an HDR processed image, used Lightroom to flatten some of the detail, then went further with Topaz Simplify.  Then masked back in some of the detail at varying opacity; then hand painted in all of the white building in order to get the color  and texture where I wanted it.