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The Dowager Puts On Her Best Face

Nikon D7000 10.5mm 3-bkts f/4.5 Lr4; HEP1

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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Harbor Towers Standing Watch

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

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:

Southwest Wing Mission Inn

Nikon D7000 28-300 mm @ 48 mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/11 Lr3, HEP1, PsCS5; ASAA3

This is a wider view from the position where I was when I captured most of the Street Life images that I am displaying this week and next.  The view is looking across part of the open air pedestrian mall that the city of Riverside, California created out of three blocks of Main Street.  This scene is actually bisected by Mission Inn Avenue, where you can see the columnar traffic barriers  in the lower left corner of this image.  In the same area as the traffic barriers is the “bridal party” that I captured and displayed earlier this week in my current Street Life series.  This is a great area to stake out or roam around, capturing the people passing through or hanging out and capturing some of the interesting period architecture.

In terms of capturing people, whether people connected to local business activity, tourists, young people before or after school, people attending local events, inter-generational groups, just every day street life, if you are patient and persistent, you will find it all here.  The Mission Inn is the defining structure in this area with its mixture of architectural styles (as I previously noted here) and in this image I wanted to capture some of the sense of time and place that the structure expresses.  Another aspect of this image that resonates with me is the shape of many of the inn’s windows, with the curve on their tops and the bell curve on top of the pediments, which is replicated in the bell shaped light standards and the bell street ornament in the right middle ground. This structure in Riverside, California stands in a semi-arid area of California that is very near to the low Sonoran desert and I tried to convey that feeling by de-saturating most of the colors in the image and using a tool to suggest a water color rendition.  I finished it off with the addition of dried parchment like texture, but I am a little ambivalent about that, I worry that it is too pronounced.

I welcome any constructive critiques.

Marylinn’s Bridal Collection

Shop Windows

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 21mm ISO 2500 3-Bkts f/4.5 Lr3, HEP1; SEP2

This was at the end of a recent photo walk Judy and did through Old Town, Pasadena, California.  The shop is Marylinn’s Bridal Collection and it occupies the northwest corner of the Castle Green complex in Old Town.   The buildings that comprise the Castle Green complex were originally constructed during the last twenty years of the 19th century, when Pasadena become known as a major winter resort location for people seeking the health benefits of the Southern California climate.

Portal To Rejuvenation & Rejuvenation Of My Image Storage Solution


Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 f/11 3-bkts Lr3; HDR Efex Pro

“Portal To Rejuvenation” is a side entrance/passageway at about the mid-point of the west side of the Mission Inn.  The hotel spans a full city block on all sides,  I did pump up the hue and saturation on this image, I wanted to amplify the feeling of going from a cold, dour environment in to the warmth and welcoming environment inside.

I just installed my Drobo FS  last week.  Very simple installation and a big sense of relief offloading all my photos from the laptop.

I already back up my laptop to my Apple Time Capsule, which is a combination Air Port wireless router and 1TB disk drive via Apples fully automated Time Machine application, but I ran out of space on the Macbook Pro drive (250GB).  So I had to find a data storage solution quick.

The reasons I decided on the Drobo:

• Drobo automatically configures itself for data protection so you don’t have to.

• When a drive fails, your data is still safe (and all drives do eventually fail).

• Drobo senses any corrupted data and ensures that you only access non-corrupt data.

• No downtime to add capacity. Just add a drive to an empty Data Bay, or replace a smaller drive with a larger one regardless of capacity, speed, or manufacturer.

• After a drive is installed into an empty bay, the new drive capacity is immediately available and protected.

• Drobo can act as one large drive, making it easier to find whatyou’ve stored on it.

• Upgrading capacity is as simple as adding ink to a printer.

• Mix ’n match any 3.5” (SATA) hard drives; no worrying about

matching make, model or capacity of Drobo’s existing drives.

• Upgrade forever—just replace Drobo’s smallest drive with a

larger capacity drive. No data migration or reconfiguration is


Physical installation steps:

1.  Install the software on a computer on your network.

2.  Slide one or more drives in to a slot in the Drobo cabinet.

3.  Connect the Drobo to a port on your router with the supplied Ethernet cable.

4.  Connect the power cord to the back of the Drobo and to an electrical receptacle.

5.  Push the “On” button on the back of the Drobo.

The Drobo box will boot up, the software will find it and prompt you through a couple of configuration steps, including setting an Administrator account up.  This all took under 20 minutes.

It then took about four hours to copy over about 200GB of data from the laptop to the Drobo, which was expected.  Under normal operating conditions the Drobo is very fast to serve up individual files.

Currently I have three Hitachi 2TB drives mounted in the Drobo cabinet, am using 231.94GB of that storage and have 1.56TB available.  I don’t get to use the full 6TB because of the way I have the Drobo configured to run dual redundant drives, (i.e the three physical drives are configured as four virtual drives.)  I’ve got two more Hitachi drives on the shelf, either as replacements if any given drive fails, or as expansion.

If you are concerned about securely storing you photographic files, you should seriously consider a Drobo.

Local Icons: Riverside

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HDR Efex Pro; PsCS5

Sharing the corner of Sixth and Main (foreground) Streets in Riverside, California are two icons of Riverside history, the Mission Inn and a navel orange tree with a bountiful crop of fruit.  The Mission Inn’s origin was an adobe boarding house built by Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876, in 1903 his son, Frank Miller took control of the property and began a decades long building spree that eventually eliminated the original structure and replaced it, piece-meal with a much more ambitious structure that is commonly known as the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States.

This image only hints at the panoply of architectural components that comprise the entire site, with various components designed by architects Arthur B. Benton, Myron Hunt and G. Stanley Wilson and which reflect Spanish Gothic, Moorish Revival, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Colonial Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Mediterranean Revival Style architecture.

The orange tree is very significant to Riverside residents as the national commercial production and marketing of the navel orange began with the first two trees trees planted by Eliza Tibbets (from specimens collected in Brazil by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) in 1873.  In the early 20th century Southern California became the center of the citrus fruit industry in the United States.

Using layers and masking in Photoshop I desaturated most of the image, and then brought out the color saturation in the tree.  I also removed some distracting elements. I am still having focus issues and am not satisfied with the sharpness of this image.

Author’s note: Can you find my cloning error in the original image rendition?

Tourist Attraction

Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 38mm 1/8 f/8 (-2.0 0.0 +2.0) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

This was apparently someone’s “Kodak Moment” when her companions were studying the vending machine.  The scene was in the dark cavernous space that is the Studio Walk at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and is about as exciting as shopping at the MGM Grand gets.  This is the kind of human tableau that attracts my eye, a candid glimpse of some people interacting with each other and their environment.  I like how the blown out lighting of the inside of the vending machine helps define the human figures in front of it, especially how you can see some of the light reflected off of the fellow on the left.

With the high ISO the original HDR image had a lot of grainy noise in the blacks, I was able to minimize that with a combination of using a Control Point with Nik Viveza to darken the three individual figures in the center, combined with tweaking the Lightroom noise filter settings.  The overall processing also softened all of the edges.

Some Housekeeping Notes: You will find some new tabs at the top of this page.  One of them links to the new Wayne Frost Photography Facebook site that I launched this week, if you are a Facebooker I’d love to have you stop bye.   You will find a link to my portfolio there, and you can also share your own images on the page or start or join a discussion.  I have also reconfigured the web site which is hosted by SmugMug and you can always go there for direct access to my portfolio.

The Hallway To Infinity

Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 1250 1/8 f/11 (-2.0 0.0 +2.0) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

At least it felt like trudging off to infinity to Judy as she had to walk the entire length of the hallway to get to our hotel room at the end of the north wing of the MGM Grand Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Did I mention that this is the second largest hotel in the world with 6,852 rooms?