This is one of the passageways to the park in the center of our housing development.
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A Stingray (C2) on display at the North San Diego County Corvette Club’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012, North Embarcadero Park.
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One of the many Corvettes on display at San Diego’s Embarcadero Park North at the North County Corvette Club of San Diego’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012.
These trees occupy part of the park like space that is adjacent to the Mathis Brothers store in Ontario, California as described in last Monday’s post.
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This is the Mathis Brothers furniture store in Ontario, California as viewed from the greenbelt separating the warehouse from the adjacent business park. The greenbelt area is intriguing to me, it seems like a monument of some sort, but I could not find any information about it. It consists of a huge water feature surrounded by greenery that brings to mind a very well maintained, high end golf course. It is roughly 1,200 feet long, about 200 feet wide at its apex and about 700 feet wide at its base.
To see an overview of this monument search for “Mathis Brothers, Inland Empire Boulevard, Ontario, CA” on Google maps (satellite view).
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Another image from the city of Orange, California, this is the view from Plaza Square Park looking toward the south east corner of the plaza.
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Exploring Painterly Effects
Just after capturing the old UP locomotive at the park entrance we meandered over to the (Evans Lake) lakeside where I captured images of some ducks near and on shore, and an image of the Stewarts Boat House, at Fairmount Park, Riverside, California. Paddle boats are available for rent and the boat house, which incudes a kitchen can also be rented out for private functions. Fairmount Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, one of the primary landscape architects of Central Park in New York City.
The final image was produced from three hand-held exposures processed in Lightroom and HDR Efex Pro and finished in Photoshop CS5 with Alien Skin Snap Art 3 to achieve an oil on canvas effect.
Today’s image was captured at the intersection of Fairmount Boulevard and Locust Street, at one of the entrances to Fairmount Park, in Riverside, California. UP 6051 was manufactured by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, in Pennsylvania in 1907. Locomotive 6051 has a Whyte designation of 2-10-0, thus it has two wheels on the leading axel, ten wheels on the five drive axels and no trailing axel. The engine weighs 220,500 pounds and was oil fueled. The locomotive was built for the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad as number 642. It was renumber 6051 in 1921 and in 1936 it was leased to the Union Pacific Railroad. 6051 was donated to the city of Riverside in 1943. It appears that sometime after retirement someone made off with 6051’s bell which would have been mounted on the U-shaped bracket topside.
While Monday’s image of the street tree had characteristics of an impasto painting style, for today’s image I used a colored chalk filter from the Alien Skin Snap Art 3 palette. I believe this rendition works well displaying the details of the locomotive and also imparting a sense of time past.
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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The tree with its branches bare of leaves during its season of dormancy presides over Waring Park in Piru, California, hard by the usually dry Santa Clara River bed. I am surmising that the dark clumps of vegetation among the branches are nests for some of the local critters, but we did not see any while on the scene. Whether avians or small mammals or marsupials, the creatures that made their homes up in the branches did so to stay safe from predators who might be roaming the neighborhood.
We were in the area to photograph an old railroad trestle, and I did capture those brackets before I set my sights on this tree. I actually think the tree was the better overall image. After the initial HDR processing and merging of the brackets with Nik HDR Efex Pro I processed the final image with Nik Silver Efex Pro, and did a little dodging with the adjustment brush in Lightroom. I have pre-ordered a copy of Silver Efex Pro 2 and am waiting to get my hands on that, which appears to be even more robust than Silver Exfex Pro 1.