Images & Observations

Posts tagged “man

“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.

To view in high resolution or to purchase this or similar images, please click: http://goo.gl/qou1r


“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.

To view in high resolution or to purchase this or similar images, please click: http://goo.gl/qou1r


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.

Prints are available at: http://goo.gl/TqV41 .


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.


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.


Street Side Contemplation

Street Life

Nikon D7000 28-300mm @ 300mm ISO 320 1/400 f/5.6 Lr3; SEP2

Judy and I spent another afternoon back in Riverside, California recently capturing some architectural images and street life.  This image presented itself to me while I was waiting for Judy who was fetching a yogurt smoothie from a sandwich shop near the intersection of Main Street  and Mission Inn Avenue.  This is a good area hang out and  find tourists, local shoppers, kids and business people passing by throughout the day on the two block section of Main Street that is closed to automotive traffic.

During post processing I used the global Brighten slider in Silver Efex Pro to  lighten the image overall, particularly the cars in the background and the street pavers in the foreground, and also applied the blue filter to lighten up the black car in the background.  I then used selective control points to move the Brightness slider in the opposite direction as the background slider movement to darken the man; brought up the contrast on the man.  I applied a cyan tone and a reverse vignetting effect on the corners to brighten them.


Man At Work

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 52mm ISO 320 1/100 f/11 Lr3, HEP1; FP2

A final image this week from my spot in front of the Pottery Barn on Colorado Boulevard in Old Town, Pasadena, California.  Like many other working stiffs, this is a man at work in his office.   It is quite likely that this gentleman commutes to his office every working day, but then his “office” becomes the commuting vehicle for his “business clients” all day long.   Better than a fixed office in some building, this office always has a changing panorama out side of its windows.  I wonder if the man ever gets the urge to deviate from his assigned route, after all the same view cycling out his windows, day after day after day must get old after a while.  Maybe this is the day that the display “780 TRANSIT HUB” above the driver’s windshield changes to “ THE UNKNOWN”?

I applied my usual processing to this image using Lightroom and Nik’s HDR Efex Pro then selectively blurred the areas around the bus using OneOne’s Focal Point 2.


Strolling The Avenue

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 31mm ISO 1250 1/30 f/8 Lr3; SEP2

The corner of Mercantile Place and Fairoaks Avenue in Old Town, Pasadena, California is a great place to hang out and wait for the people to pass by.  I just park myself and the wheelchair in the shade against an adjacent building, and Judy heads in to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shop that is right there and fetches a very nice cold or hot mocha latte for me.  I could not resist getting some shots of this gentleman and his dog out for a Saturday afternoon stroll.  He was waiting for his coffee order to be filled, so he and his little companion were checking out the scene.  I love the casual pose, the rumpled suit and the loafers without socks look.  (I am partial to deck shoes without socks myself.)

Black and white conversion, cyan toning and black borders in Silver Efex Pro 2, everything else in Lightroom 3, which included a lot of work with the adjustment brush to adjust tones in the people (both on the street, and behind the window) and the guy’s suit.


Father & Son

Nikon D80 18-135mm 70mm ISO 320 1/125 f/5.3 Lr3

Just for a change of pace, my nephew Anthony and his son Nathan.  Taken in open shade, I used Viveza to fine tune the exposure, including lightening up the eyes, and to blow out and de-saturate the background, a little spot removal and adjustment brush with Lightroom.  Noise reduction and sharpening with Dfine and Sharpener Pro.