Here is another outpost of The Hat (my last Hat post), this one is located on old Route 66 in Glendora, California. I was out in the parking lot and on the sidewalk capturing images while Judy was inside, getting us a grilled cheese sandwich. The folks inside were apparently mystified why some guy would be outside taking photos of their restaurant. Easy answer: The Hat is an iconic roadside eatery with great graphics, and we dig their menu of foods that our medical practioners would tell us to avoid.
As the sun was getting low over Fillmore City Hall the shadows grew longer and the moon began rising in the eastern sky when I captured the brackets for this image.. The scene might suggest that the seat of government in Fillmore has stood the test of time, that would, however, be an incorrect conclusion. Fillmore was first settled around the time that the city’s grid was first laid out in 1887, incorporation occurred in 1914. While the appearance of this photograph would suggest that the Fillmore City Hall may have been erected at about the time of incorporation, in reality, this is the sixth incarnation of the Fillmore City Hall and it was built in 1997.
To arrive at this final image I combined and tone mapped three bracketed exposures using HDR Efex Pro. I used a combination of Viveza and Photoshop to adjust exposure and tone, and an adjustment layer in Photoshop to replace the halo’ed sky that resulted after the HDR process. The original color tones were too garish to my taste and inaccurate to boot, I used the Color Efex Pro Duplex filter to alter the color tones and the Color Efex Pro Vignette Blur filter to soften the focus on the edges of the image. Lightroom was used for final sharpening.
This was another image that I had worked over quite a bit, and only over time was I able to control my urges to produce a “punchy” image, and arrive at a more subtle interpretation and final vision. I really think that it does help to put aside my images after first processing them, and resist the urge to publish them immediately, so that over time I will find my way back to the images, and a different, and hopefully, better perspective. Deliberation is the key to producing memorable images.
Judy and I were out scouting possible photo locations at dusk yesterday and came across the Euclid Stockyard in Chino, California, the parking lot empty except for the eighteen wheeler parked in front of the auction shed, its engine idling. Despite the seeming wall to wall housing tracts, shopping centers and warehouse/distribution centers proliferating in the local area, there is still enough of a dairy industry and horse farms to sustain the stockyard. But for how much longer is debatable, and the scene last evening probably portends the sunset of this type of life in our local area as occurring sooner, rather than later.