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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.


1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster

Spring Car Show Season

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 200 1/1000, 1/250, 1/60 f/16 Lr4 HEP1; PsCS5

I captured this classic American automobile at the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show April 1 of this year in a parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Rather than characterizing this vehicle among adjacent contemporary vehicles and structure I elected to composite it in to a scene I had previously captured at The Huntington (Library, Galleries & Gardens) in San Marino, California more than a year earlier.  I put a lot of hand work in to this final image adjusting the edges and painting out the reflections on the body paint, but I still have a ways to go in terms of getting good edges and matching brightness, saturation and clarity in my composite work.  I do feel that the scene that I put the car in to is a great improvement to the parking lot behind a commercial building.


The Fountain At Library Park

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/14 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

Continuing our visit to Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California on a recent evening I discovered a gem of a park that I had really never noticed in all the years when I used to drive and would drive by without really noticing it.  You see and appreciate so much more when you are on foot, or in a power chair that won’t get up to more than five miles an hour.

This was shot hand-held, the three brackets at 1/50, 1/10 and 1/3.  Very minimal tweaking in Lightrooom and Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.

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Munger Research Center & A Birthday Present

Nikon D80 20mm ISO 100 1/45 f/9.5 3 brackets (-2) (0) (+2) LR3 PMXPro 3

The Munger Research Center doubled the amount of space available to the Huntington Library. Over six million rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, and other materials in the fields of British and American history and literature are archived at the Huntington Library.  This includes an extensive collection of American Photographic images captured during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

It was my birthday recently and I gave myself a present of a bundle of software, Photoshop Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.  As an already registered Photoshop Elements user, Adobe offered the new bundle at half off, that was a deal I could not ignore.  For the past week or so I have been viewing Lightroom tutorials and learning how to use this new tool.  The image above was originally processed in Elements and Photomatix and it was not appealing to me.  I reprocessed the Photomatix result in Lightroom and applied one of its preset color and tone enhancements, and then fine tuned from there.  I removed some spots caused by debris on the lens, reduced the noise in the sky and just slightly adjusted saturation and luminance.   I particularly like the reflection of trees and sky from the windows on the building’s facade.

While the video tutorials (by Chris Orwig via lynda.com) help quite a bit, I am finding that mastering evertyhing that Lightroom has to offer will require a lot of trial and error on my part.


Huntington Library, Art Galleries & Gardens

Nikon D80 44mm ISO 100 1/6 f/22 +2EV -2EV PSE9 PMXPro

We spent a few hours, yesterday, at The Huntington, in Pasadena, California.  This property was originally developed in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, a railroad magnate.  The house in this image is Mr. Huntington’s original home on the property, and it currently sits in the middle of 120 landscaped acres (out of a total 207) which consist of the Library, (a world class research library holding many original first editions), art galleries and botanical gardens.

During post processing of the image above I lightened the leaves of the foreground tree, and lightened the tree trunk in order to bring out some detail.  The lawn and the driveway directly adjacent to the tree trunk were “burned out” and I, rather crudely, painted in the lawn.  I have not yet mastered the ability to correct the sky tones, as seen in the image above, and as seen in the “glow” between sky and tree tops in the image below.

Nikon D80 24mm ISO 100 1/8 f/22 +2EV -2EV PSE8 PMXPro

As with any proper manor house, the house is surrounded by a huge expanse of lawns, with a large slope on the south side of the house, and a long tree and sculpture line “alley” on the north side of the house. We elected to not get any shots of the alley, as impressive as it is, because it was too hazy a day and we would not have been able to discern the San Gabriel Mountains in the background. The various gardens are spectacular and require 40 full time gardeners and 100 volunteers to maintain.