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Hanging Out #683

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 100mm ISO 1250 1/125 f/9.0 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS5

Captured on the street in Claremont, California last May.  The scene played out on a weekend afternoon in a small plaza in front of the local bank branch/Starbucks.  A quartet of street musicians were set-up and playing in the plaza.  Other locals were standing or sitting on lawn chairs.  The music was not memorable, nor were my shots of the musicians, but this trio did catch my eye.

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Indecision

Street Life

Nikon D7000 28-300mm @200mm ISO 640 1/640 f/5.6 Lr3; SEP2

This scene could be somewhere in the United States, or not.  When I was thinking about the image and what to title it, the image conjured up quite a few dramatic scenarios in my mind.   Are they looking for something or someplace?   Are they checking if they have been followed?  The woman is protective of the baby, the man seems nonchalant with his hands in his pockets.  What are they gazing at?   The mark on the woman’s left arm has me somewhat baffled, I did not put it there.  Is it some sort of tribal marking?

What potential story is triggered in your mind when you view this image?


Multi Tasking

Street Life

Nikon D7000 28-300 mm @ 210 mm ISO 640 1/1000 f/5.6 Lr3; SEP2

A man on a mission?  Or just taking a walk while on the phone?  I’m leaning towards the latter as a few moments after he went striding past me he returned, going in the direction that he originally came from, still using the phone.  Or maybe it was just a short mission or a guy who needed directions.


Each In Their Own World

Street Life

Nikon D7000 28-300mm @ 150mm ISO 640 1/100 f/5.6 Lr3; SEP2

At the same time that Judy and I were taking a break from a photo walk in Riverside, California I captured a series of images of this trio also taking a break in the shade.  The father had been trying to interact with his son, which I had captured in earlier frames, but the son seemed to have a very short attention span, and in this image the father has finally given up his efforts to engage his son, it would seem in frustration.  (Which is only my interpretation, yours may differ.)


A Lady Never Forgets Her Pearls

Street Life

Nikon D7000 28-300mm @ 135mm ISO 640 1/500 f/5.6 Lr3; SEP2

These ladies, which I am guessing may be mother and daughter were seen strolling down Main Street in Riverside, California the same afternoon that we encountered the “Bridal Shoot’, which proved to be a productive day in terms of capturing Street Life images.  More of which I will share in the coming days.


Bridal Shoot

Street Life

Nikon D7000 28-300mm @ 250mm ISO 640 1/800 f/5.6 Lr3; SEP2

It is actually too hot to be out on the streets in Southern California this week (expected to reach 108 in Chino as I write this) so I am sharing some Street Life images captured this past May, when it was cooler and photo walking was bearable.  We first encountered these three people about a hour and a half earlier that day in front of the First Congregational Church.  I am not sure if they were completing a class project, if the photographer was building his portfolio, or this was an actual commissioned shoot, but I am certain that by this time the “bride” may have been feeling a little hot and tired, traipsing all over downtown Riverside, California in her big, flouncy dress.  The fake flower bouquet getting damp and eventually dirty in her hands, her hair flying all over, standing in the warm sun.  I hope the resulting images were worth the effort.

I was stationed in my power chair in the shade of an adjacent storefront when I captured this scene on the pedestrian mall section of Main Street, just south of Mission Inn Avenue, which happens to be a good location to stake out for Street Photography.  Judy was even smarter than me, she was inside the store getting a cold smoothie.  This image received straight forward processing, with minor adjustments in Lightroom and B&W conversion performed by Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.


Last Call

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 50mm ISO 2500 1/13 f/4.8 Lr3; SEP2

The last customer of the evening at closing time at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Old Town, Pasadena, California.  I debated with myself about whether I would publish this or not.  This final image is about a 20% slice of a full DX frame from the camera, that I should have cropped in camera by using a longer focal length (and with the camera in a vertical orientation), so the detail quality of this rendering would have been up to my standards.  I liked the possible stories that this image conjures up so much that I decided to share it.  Next time I will be more deliberate, and think my shot through, before just clicking the shutter in reaction to the moment.

The shot was through a window and there is some reflection from some exterior lights that interferes with the image.  I did alter the tones in the man’s face because it was distorted by the reflected light (possibly some neon tubing across the street) but left a remnant of the neon tube in his hair (I did not want to manipulate this street life image more than necessary).  You can also discern some banding of the image from the reflected light. I have been thinking about distractive light reflections a lot recently while capturing more shop window images and I have come to the conclusion that while my primary interet is what is behind a shop window, that in real life as you look through a window unwanted reflections are usually present to one degree or another, so if I can’t cleanly eliminate them, I might as well accept them as part of the reality of the scene as we live it.


Chill’n At The Equator

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 26mm ISO 2500 1/6 f/3.8 Lr3; SEP2

The Equator was originally a stable in the 19th century, and since the revitalization of Old Town, Pasadena, California that began in the late 20th century the building has hosted various hospitality based businesses.  They bill themselves from what I can gather from their web site as a restaurant/club featuring Asian fusion food and of course a full bar.  Equator is located on Mills Place which is nearly just an alley in Old Town, adjacent to Mills Alley, which is a real alley.  This short street is much more typical of the North End in Boston, than of some Disneyfied  entertainment venue typical of the greater Los Angeles area.

No special post processing here, just some selective tone adjustments to bring out more clarity of all the human images, particularly of the fellow actually inside the building.  I was intrigued by the elaborate chandeliers that are visible through the windows and I like the image of the hairless guy leaning against the wall.