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“Please… Have some dignity.”

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 320 1/25 f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

Affectionate best buddies, South Main Street pedestrian promenade, The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.

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“I’ve got your back.”

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 150mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

Two buddies keeping an eye on the passing scene on the South Main Street pedestrian promenade at The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.

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Seen It All

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 70mm ISO 1600 1/30 f/11 Lr4, SnapArt3; PsCS5

A mature couple taking in the scene of shoppers passing through, children frolicking in a water fountain and families enjoying a band concert at The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.  I’m not sure if this would not have been better rendered as a straight black and white image, but I thought the added paint like texture and brush strokes with this oil paint treatment better suited the subjects and the feeling of having withstood the tests of time this couple gave me.  What do you think?


Keeping The Lights On

Shop Windows

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 15mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

What could be better than sitting at home in front of the television than going out to experience life in the real world.  Anticipating that moment when the man in the candy store window loses his balance and comes crashing out on to the sidewalk.  It beats watching paint dry.


Tucking In To An Early Supper

Nikon D7000 1-24mm @ 24mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A spring evening just off of South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, California and four compatible souls tuck in to a quiet supper under a clear sky.  The interloping photographer unnoticed.

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Hanging Out With Dad

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 14mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS

The scene is the South Lake Avenue shopping district in Pasadena, California.  Life couldn’t be better for a young girl than a leisurely afternoon window shopping ride with the family dog and dad towing us in a red wagon.

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Hanging Out #76

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 75mm ISO 640 1/25 f/25 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS5

One more image from the plaza off the Laemmle Theater in Claremont, California.  Wednesday’s image and this one were captured in mid-October, bringing to mind one nice attribute about life in Southern California, you can dine or relax outside any time of the year as long as it is not raining, and if there are some conveniently located outdoor heaters for those cool winter nights.

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Hanging Out #54

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 640 1/20 f/25 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS6

Another image from the street in Claremont, California, this time in the plaza adjacent to the Laemmle Theater.  A nice little oasis hidden behind some commercial buildings, a hotel and the theater.  After capturing frames of people hanging out in the plaza, and some of the surrounding architectural elements, Judy and I and my sister had dinner outside in front of a Mexican restaurant that backs up to this plaza.  The food was nothing to write home about, but the ambiance was very relaxing.  We did get some good coffee later from the Coffee Bean & Tes Leaf that also backs up to this plaza.

I really enjoy our visits to the “center villages” of some of the towns in the Los Angeles basin, such as Claremont, Glendora, Monrovia, Orange, and look forward to visiting other locales that have also preserved or re-developed their original town centers.  Old Town in Pasadena is another great venue for capturing street life and period architecture, if not a bit more fast moving and urbane than these smaller towns.  It seems to me that life and fulfillment from your environment is a lot simpler and easier and more pleasant in the non-Disneyfied, non-freeway-accessible, non-malled (enclosed or strip), non-high-voltage entertainment and shopping venues that have proliferated in our urban areas.

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