This is the Laemmle Theater, hidden away behind a courtyard formed by commercial buildings in Claremont, California. I was attracted by the horizontal and vertical lines, the colors and rectangular shapes, how the vertical elements in the doors played off the vertical building columns.
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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).
An additional image in the Another Time series.
This is the Seventh Street Theater in Chino, California which is operated by the Chino Community Theater group. I was unable to ascertain the origins of this building, it is reminiscent of the Streamline Moderne style to my uneducated eye, and the entire building is actually two wings, in an “L” shape. My guess is that this building was erected sometime between 1930 and 1955 and I am surmising that the original purpose of this building was not as a theater. This building is a block north of the block where the Thomlinson and Chaffee buildings are located, sort of standing by itself.
Al Combs, a long time writer and fixture at the Chino Champion and who could arguably be called the “resident historian” in the city of Chino was kind enough to fill me in on some of the local history. This structure was originally erected in 1948 by the local telephone company and served as central office of the first dial-telephone exchange in Chino. Which explains the feeling I had that this building was originally some sort of institutional entity. After the phone company moved elsewhere the building changed hands, eventually being acquired by the city of Chino who rehabilitated it and is apparently now the lessor to the theater company.
I am always grateful when structures from our past history can be restored or repurposed (while retaining the original architectural elements) for contemporary use.
After looking at more photographers’ examples of HDR in their portfolios and viewing some more tutorials I tried out some more of my newly acquired skills and got some more practice bringing it all together.
These images were all captured at Paseo Pasadena, Pasadena, California. Judy likes the building across the street, I do to, and I like the palm tree motif in the fence playing against the real palm trees behind it. My goal in this picture and the next was to express a strong “architectural” feeling.
The tone mapping is a bit more intense on this one, which captures the west end of Paseo Pasadena I like the differences in textures between the glass, bricks and pavers, and still going for an “architectural rendering” style.
All of the photos were brought over to the computer from the camera as Nikon NEF raw files, converted to DNG raw files, HDR processed, tone mapped, then raw processed again and adjusted, then one of them was corrected for perspective and cropped.
The first two images were shot at approximately 6:00 P.M. in early September, the last of the Archlight Cinema was shot on the same day at approximately 7:45 P.M. All were from hand held positions (in the wheel chair, which helped keep me steady). The blurred image in front of the kiosk in the foreground is people moving, I did not try “freezing” any images of the people, my primary interest was to capture the colors and texture of the scene, and I wanted to deliberately let some of the people move during exposure to create an idea of movement.