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Cafe Opera & Bakery

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 40mm ISO 200 1/125 F/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

On Myrtle Avenue in the pedestrian friendly Old Town, Monrovia, California.  There are quite a few restaurants and retauraunt/bars in this neighborhood.

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Clifton Middle School

Nikon D7000 18-200mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4,TpzSim; PsCS6

When I was growing up we called them “junior high schools”, apparently the current term is “middle school”.  As far as learning, there is no middle to the process, in life we should always be learning something.

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Leven Oaks Endures

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Located three doors south of Foothill Boulevard on Myrtle Avenue in the heart of the Monrovia, California “old town” commercial district is The Leven Oaks.  Built in 1911 by L.B. Vollmer The Leven Oaks was envisioned as becoming the best hotel west of the Rockies.  The fact that Monrovia was founded by Prohibitionists and was a dry town may or may not have been considered by Vollmer when he opened his hotel.  In 2000 the hotel was transformed in to an assisted living facility.


Urban Study #73

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 200 1/2000, 1/500, 1/125 f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

Still in Monrovia, California, this is the northwest corner of Foothill and Myrtle, just across Myrtle from the First Presbyterian Church.  I really enjoy capturing urban scenes that are reminiscent of life during the first half of the twentieth century, I think they remind me of my own childhood and the innocence of childhood.  This scene is much more interesting produces a feeling of warmth that is not present in contemporary commercial structures in my opinion.  The white lines breaking up the brickwork and the repetition of the green awnings give me a good feeling in this scene.

The D7000 and the 18-200mm Nikkor lens did a very nice job in capturing a high resolution image in these brackets.  You can actually make out some of the broadcast towers on top of Mt. Wilson in the background, which are approximately 12 miles distant.


Corner Church #52

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Straddling the northeast corner of Foothill and Myrtle, the First Presbyterian Church in Monrovia, California projects an image of  strength and durability.  If I squint my eyes just right, I see archers on the top of the tower aiming their arrows at me.  Then in a flash during this Tecnicolor dream, my crimson blood pools on the pavement in the foreground.


Always Prepared

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 48mm ISO 200 (-2EV, 0, +2EV) f/10 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

Captured during one of our recent photo walks in Monrovia, California, the local fire house.


Sunday At The Movies

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

Although the primary mission on the recent evening when we visited Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California was to capture images of shop windows by positioning myself directly in front of the windows, I did keep my eye open for other opportunities and when I looked across the street I saw this scene.  The Krikorian is a multi-screen cinema and it opened here sometime during the past decade.  I think that architecturally the owners did a great job of creating a new building that fits in perfectly with the neighborhood ambience created by all of the previous, well established businesses on the street.

A hat tip goes out to Aaron Barlow author of the Delineations of Eye blog who has graciously shared the texture that I layered in on this image (ever so slightly).


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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