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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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Tree Study #118

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 22mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

These trees occupy part of the park like space that is adjacent to the Mathis Brothers store in Ontario, California as described in last Monday’s post.

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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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Black Friday Sale

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View From Plaza Square Park

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/22 Lr3, HEP1,TpzSim; PsCS5

Another image from the city of Orange, California, this is the view from Plaza Square Park looking toward the south east corner of the plaza.

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The Shop At The Corner Of The Plaza

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

This is the north east corner of the plaza formed around the park at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street in Orange, California (if you ask Google Maps to find “Orange, CA” it will put a map pin right in the middle of this park).  I am fascinated by the lines and geometric shapes in building elements, those and the perception of depth that I get from the shadow areas always makes me feel like my eyes are on an adventure.  Maybe it is something primeval in my soul, but certain shapes, lines, highlights, shadows and colors combined in the right circumstance, and I get  sense of well being and joy.

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Turning Point

An exercise in painterly effects and a play on imagination.

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 32mm ISO 400 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

What is behind the windows?  The doctor?  The immigration lawyer?  The adoption agency?  The travel agency?  The marriage counselor?  The criminal attorney?  The social services agency?  The probate court?  The detective office?  The divorce attorney?  The employment agency?  The foreign counsel?  So many possible scenarios.


Hard Charger

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 15mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1,ASSA3; PsCS5

Whether the car or its owner, you get the idea that once they start driving forward, they will not be  slowing or stopping until they have reached their objective.  A Dodge Charger (circa 1968) on display at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, June 19, 2011, Pasadena, California.


Day’s End At The Undertaker’s

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 35mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/22 Lr3, HEP1, CEP3, TpzSim; PsCS5

We came upon this building at the end of a photo walk in Whittier, California.  The sun was actually higher in the sky than this image implies, I split toned it with Color Efex Pro, used Topaz Simplify to reduce detail and Photoshop to remove extraneous objects and paint in some details.  I do believe that the final effect works to illustrate the concept of this being a way station on the final journey.


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.


Running Gear

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, CEP3, TpzSim; PsCS5

This is the forward truck assembly on one of Metrolink’s EMD F59PH locomotives.  There is a wheel here and what I believe is brake equipment.  I really enjoy capturing images of mechanical devices, I believe they are great examples of sculptural art.  As with the other images I am sharing this week I practiced rendering the final image in a painterly style.  I played with overall contrast, adjusted highlights and shadows, modified color tones and reduced details.

I’d appreciate feedback from viewers of these images, what do you think of the painterly effects I am using, and would you like to see more images of mechanical or industrial equipment handled this way.


Signal Tower & Bridge Superstructure

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 1600 1/640 f/13 Lr3, ASSA3; PsCS5

This is the signal tower and west end of the pedestrian bridge at the Riverside, California Metrolink Station.  In addition to the stairways, patrons are served by an elevator in the west brick tower and one in the east brick tower, which was the only way I was able to get up on the bridge for yesterday’s image of the freight passing through.

This image is another example of my practicing simplifying images from the initial photo realism in order to convey more of a general feeling of the subjects (instead of a literal representation) so that the viewers’ minds can fill in any details they may imagine.  There is just the hint of the train in the background of this image, but I believe it is enough to enable the viewer to understand there was a train there.

There was much more detail of individual bricks in the elevator tower in my original capture and I purposely softened the detail and over saturated the coloring of the bricks.  I also liked the two converging lines from the crosswalk and upped the saturation and brightness of those as they converged on the tower and bridge.  And of course the processes I applied, including the introduction of a canvas texture resulted in a very painterly rendering.  (This and all of my images are in my gallery and the tools in the gallery will allow you to see the images in full size or near full size, then the texture will become quite apparent.)


Sunday Freight

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO1600 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

My photography has been evolving during the past year and I have been experimenting more and more with tools at my disposal to create unique or more painterly like renditions of my images.  (Please see my recent automotive images, in which I modify the context that the main subjects, the cars, are displayed in.)  The exercises that I am engaging in are leading me to seeing my subjects expressed with less documentary objectivity but  instead, expressed with more of my own sensual, and emotional narrative line of thought.   I find myself morphing the images I capture away from photo realism, eliminating or un-focussing details that do not seem necessary to tell the story, or which might distract the viewer, reducing the images to just the essential shapes, colors, lines and tones that expresses what I see but which also might enable another viewer to interpret the scene in a way that completes a story, or creates a feeling in his or her own mind.

This week’s images are another step along the path of painterly renditions for me and I was thinking “what can I classify these images as?”  What genre or style are my images  becoming.  For lack of a better categorization I am going to use the term Interpretive Digital Imaging for the time being.  And I will see where this will go.

It is late Sunday afternoon and while the commuter trains remain idle a BNSF freight train makes its way past the Riverside, California Metrolink commuter rail station.  This image was captured about 30 minutes after the last Metrolink train arrived with Sunday beach goers returning home.  The camera viewpoint is from the top of the pedestrian bridge stairs which lead to the east platform, in the far distance are the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains to the north, poking above the haze and smog layer that extends east from Los Angeles County.