The sign in the window caught my eye as I reconnoitered this old brick building at the corner of Lemon Street and University Avenue in Riverside, California. The handrail along the sidewalk made me think of a ballet barre, a juxtaposition of significance in my mind. This building is now known as the Life Arts Center and it leases space to visual and performing artists, it was originally constructed in 1909 as the Riverside YMCA and was owned by the Church of Scientology at one time and was developed to its present state by group headed by a man that splintered from the Church of Scientology. There is an interesting article about the history of the building here in the Riverside Press Enterprise.
Another notable feature of this image is that this building continues the local motif of arched windows in the Spanish/Mission Revival style.
This was apparently someone’s “Kodak Moment” when her companions were studying the vending machine. The scene was in the dark cavernous space that is the Studio Walk at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and is about as exciting as shopping at the MGM Grand gets. This is the kind of human tableau that attracts my eye, a candid glimpse of some people interacting with each other and their environment. I like how the blown out lighting of the inside of the vending machine helps define the human figures in front of it, especially how you can see some of the light reflected off of the fellow on the left.
With the high ISO the original HDR image had a lot of grainy noise in the blacks, I was able to minimize that with a combination of using a Control Point with Nik Viveza to darken the three individual figures in the center, combined with tweaking the Lightroom noise filter settings. The overall processing also softened all of the edges.
Some Housekeeping Notes: You will find some new tabs at the top of this page. One of them links to the new Wayne Frost Photography Facebook site that I launched this week, if you are a Facebooker I’d love to have you stop bye. You will find a link to my portfolio there, and you can also share your own images on the page or start or join a discussion. I have also reconfigured the waynefrost.com web site which is hosted by SmugMug and you can always go there for direct access to my portfolio.