The San Diego Convention Center as seen across Embarcadero Marina from Embarcadero Park North. An exercise in a painterly style using Topaz Simplify.
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Nestled between twin non-matching concrete towers, this is the Front Desk and main lobby of the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego, California. I suppose that with a name like “Manchester” the hotel thought it would be a good idea to go with heavy dark wood paneling and 18th century English country scenes as their theme decore. Fortunately they did not continue this theme in the elevator lobbies or the hallways, but the non-descrip, institutional look of the elevator lobbies and hallways, devoid of furniture, wall art or decent lighting killed any effect the lobby might have on guests sensibilities. The rooms were clean, serviceable, had good ADA accommodations, but the single, hideous looking 18th century English country side print hanging on the wall looked like something from the bargain bin at the Five and Dime. We never did figure out how the blackout drapes worked in the room, but it was a bit of a shock, when in the middle of the night, while we were in bed, the drapes automatically opened.
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A Stingray (C2) on display at the North San Diego County Corvette Club’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012, North Embarcadero Park.
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One of the many Corvettes on display at San Diego’s Embarcadero Park North at the North County Corvette Club of San Diego’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012.
The Hyatt Manchester, San Diego twin towers standing watch over Embarcadero Marina. I applied my painterly style to this image and I think it works well, with richer color and density, expressing a feeling of calmness on a bright, Southern California day. For comparison purposes here is the straight HDR that this was derived from: