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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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.
What could be better than sitting at home in front of the television than going out to experience life in the real world. Anticipating that moment when the man in the candy store window loses his balance and comes crashing out on to the sidewalk. It beats watching paint dry.
When I first started post processing this I was thinking “Italian Flag”, and while it has all the right colors, they were not proportioned right. Then as I looked at the image, more and more, it hit me, “angry bird!”.
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This scene is looking east on Colorado Boulevard, from the corner of Columbia in Pasadena, California. It is just across the street from Le Cordon Bleu (pictured in Wednesday’s post) and just a block north of Le Cordon Bleu on Green Street (featured in last Monday’s and last Friday’s posts).
The first image (above) is another exercise in my emerging painterly/illustrative style. With the the style I am practicing I am working to achieve flattened three dimensional objects, flattened and smoothed textures, a simplification of structural elements, and an exploration of muted, but rich color tones and saturation. The end result is intended to be more of a representation of the image, rather than a purely, precise, documentary photo-realistic rendering.
The image below is a variation of the first image. For this image I applied the same post processing actions as the first image, but then I applied an impasto, painterly texture to the final image. I wanted to see what would result from adding a paint brush stroke effect to my baseline image. I like both variations, but I don’t anticipate that this experiment will lead me towards producing any more than an occasional rendition using the brush stroke technique.
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I don’t know about the antiques inside, but this store entry says big time prices to me. Judy is peering in the window in this image, the store was closed when we visited, which might have been very fortunate for the family bank account.
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It has probably been a long time since this building on Glassell Street in Orange, California had an inventory of batteries for sale, but I am glad the advertising sign on the side of the building has survived. I love the look of mature buildings with period decoration or art work on them, even commercial art work.
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The blog has returned to Orange, California this week as I explore this painterly style. The assistance I speak of in the title of this post is the “paint job” I did on the building housing the Assistance League. The actual color was a dull white and I thought the walls needed a color to set off the green door and window trim. I find this coloration bright and hopeful which seems apropos for an organization called “Assistance” League.
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A downhill ski slalom course is what the positioning of the light standards and green refuse containers along the sidewalk remind me of, or maybe a slalom course for roller bladers. This final image is actually a composite of four HDR images that I lined up together, after flipping two of the images horizontally to create the symmetry. Edward Hopper is one of my influences and his “Early Sunday” image was in the back of my mind when I conceived of this layout.
The stylistic direction that I have been going in is a direct influence of work by the painter Edward Hopper during the first half of the 20th century and also by the illustrator, Bruce McCall in contemporary times. I like their choice of subjects, their techniques influence my use of saturated colors, simplified shapes and lines and the seeming flatness or lack of texture that I create in what would usually be considered textured or sculpted (multi-dimensional) objects.
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This is Patterson Hardware on Central Avenue in Fillmore, California. If you are a member of the digital generation you may not know what an independent hardware store looked like, back in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. No big box warehouse like emporium, no big national chain operation, no Home Depot and Lowe’s duopoly with a large corporate advertising budget. Just a guy in a store front, with a sign on the front, the time to devote to his customers, and a lifetime of tools, widgets, and sundry objects packed on the shelves and cataloged in his mind.
As I was capturing brackets out on the sidewalk, Judy was inside engaging in some commerce. She had remembered that she needed some little odd ball doodad that has something to do with a lampshade and headed inside to see the man. He fixed her right up. Better than a possibly unsuccessful special trip to the big box store.
After HDR processing I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to black and white, and give the image a vintage look.