Images & Observations

Posts tagged “tile

The Magic Lamp Inn

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 200 1/20 f/14 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

A fixture on Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) in Rancho Cucamonga since 1955, with live music in the lounge four nights a week, and menu items like jumbo crab cocktail, Caesar salad tossed table side and Chateaubriand for two carved table side with both Bordelaise and Bernaise sauce, the Magic Lamp Inn is a throwback to an earlier time.

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View Through The Barrel Vault; Never Forget To Look Behind You

Nikon D80 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 200 f/11 7 Bkts 5.0 sec to 20.0 sec LR3 HDR Efex Pro

This image looking through the barrel vaulted lobby area of the Pasadena City Hall was captured the same evening as the image in my previous post.  Prior to making the image above, I had been positioned about midway between the foreground and the archway you see from this vantage point, facing in the opposite direction as this.  I was trying to capture a similar archway with pediments that was framing the atrium beyond.  The image that I captured in that attempt, when rendered on the LCD on the back of the camera was not as successful as I had hoped, it was then that I moved forward (toward the back arch I had been targeting) and turned around that I realized the better composition was the image that presented itself behind me.

In this scene we are looking through the barrel vaulted, tiled outdoor lobby area of the city hall, looking west in to the evening sky just after sundown.  This is a very interesting location for photography, for some reason this image seems very film noir-ish to me, making me think of the movie “Chinatown” that starred Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.  You sort of wonder who will step out from the shadows next to the building columns.

This and the previous image captured at this location have, in my opinion, been my best HDR images created to date.