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Posts tagged “parking

Valet Ballet

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 120mm ISO 200 1/160 f/8 Lr3; SEP2

Parking valets and their clients after lunch on Colorado Boulevard, Old Town, Pasadena, California.  I captured this image looking east from in front of the Pottery Barn at Fair Oaks and Colorado, which is a good location to capture the passing parade of daily life.  Particularly on a hot day, when you park yourself in front of the open door way of the Pottery Barn and they are blowing all that cool air out the open doors.

Urban Parking


Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 320 1/25 f/10 Lr3; SEP2

We are back at the Loring Building one more time this week.  Gasoline is currently going for just over $5.00 a gallon in Southern California, so this mode of personal transportation and parking is relatively thrifty.   I am not sure how well this fellow will do on a day when the temperature reachers triple digits, it was in the 60-70 range the day this image was captured.

I used the Wet Rocks Silver Efex Pro filter on this and added a cyanotype tone and the black border.  Did a little burning in on the stone column on the right with the adjustment brush, then sharpened and noise reduction  in Lightroom,



Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 135mm ISO 160 3-bkts f/11 Lr3, HDR Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro2; PsCs5

In the car culture of Southern California some car owners will go to any length to keep their pride and joy from acquiring any scratches or dings.

The f/11 setting helped keep the car and the signs in focus, I then added a layer in Photoshop with a Gaussian blur, then masked out the car and the signs to create a bokeh effect after the fact.  Silver Efex Pro 2 was used to convert to black and white, and then to selectively reveal the color in the signs.

Outdoorsmens’ Paradise


Nikon D80 28-300mm @ 28mm ISO 200 f/11 3-brackets Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

Nestled amid the greenery of Mother Nature, a rustic emporium filled with outdoors toys, and plenty of free parking, an outdoorsmens’ paradise.  You can’t miss this place adjacent to the I-215 in Rancho Cucamonga, California, whether you are a local commuter, or a gambler on the way to or from Las Vegas, the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will call you, its siren song penetrating the windows of your hermitically sealed vehicle, whether traveling in gridlock or at 80 mph.