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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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A Man, His Best Friend & Favorite Toy

Nikon D7000 18-125mm @ 35mm ISO 320 1/20 f/5.6 Lr4; PsCS6

I met this gentleman and his companion at the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club car show, October 16, 2010.  This was the first car show I had ever attended.  This image was originally rendered as an HDR, however, now that the thrill of discovering the HDR process has run its initial course with me, I can look at the HDR image and admit that the process, and the state of my skill level at the time that I originally processed it, were both sub-par. In actuality this image did not need HDR processing and it was diminished by poorly applied HDR processing.

I’ve spent part of the past week going back in my catalog and re-processing images, losing the bad HDR and improving the final renderings.  I’ll talk more about this in Wednesday’s post.

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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?


Four Dandified Dummies & One Working Stiff

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 19mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

On South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California.  A real man doing an honest day’s work contrasted by a merchandiser’s ideal of a fashionably and expensively clad gentleman.


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.


“Don’t even think about touching the car.”

Nikon D7000 1-24mm @ 20mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3; HEP1

One last image from the Pasadena Police 2011 Classic Car show.  I said hello to this fellow, but he did not do so much as grunt at me.  I think he was concentrating on projecting a “Don’t fuck with me or my car” persona.  It is a beautiful restoration and a well maintained vehicle, and probably is a lot of fun to cruise in.  I like everything about the car, but somehow, the way the tear drop headlights seem out of place for the era the car is from.

HDR portraits are overkill many times, but the treatment in this image warranted it in my opinion.