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Chicken Savings Time

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 200 1/15 f/16 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

When contemplating Americana, fried chicken, and especially Colonel Sanders’ original recipe, has to come to mind.  This outpost of the venerable chicken chain is at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, on a segment of historic Route 66 in Upland, California.

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Seen It All

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 70mm ISO 1600 1/30 f/11 Lr4, SnapArt3; PsCS5

A mature couple taking in the scene of shoppers passing through, children frolicking in a water fountain and families enjoying a band concert at The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.  I’m not sure if this would not have been better rendered as a straight black and white image, but I thought the added paint like texture and brush strokes with this oil paint treatment better suited the subjects and the feeling of having withstood the tests of time this couple gave me.  What do you think?

“Doctor Who, your transport is ready.”

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @10mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/20 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Is it really Doctor Who’s time traveling machine or just a classic British telephone box found at a British themed mini-mall in Pasadena, California?

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Hale House: Another Angle

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 400 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A recurring subject in the blog, another angle on Hale House in Heritage Square in Los Angeles.  You may compare it to the previous version here.

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The Hardware Store

Nikon D80 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/22 HDR Efex Pro SEP2

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.

Guns, Ammo & Gifts


Nikon D80 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/22 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

After capturing some images in Piru, Judy and I headed down the road to Fillmore, California and spent some time wandering around the area surrounding Central and Main.  Fillmore is roughly 50 miles northwest from Los Angeles and at least 30 years behind the greater Los Angeles area in terms of population density and land development; a significant amount of developed land in the Fillmore area is still given over to agriculture.  As evoked by this image, the pace of life, personal priorities and values are reminiscent of an earlier, some might say, simpler time in our history.

As I stated in my “Storm Over City Hall” posting one of the subjects I want to explore with my photography is of images that convey a sense of life in an earlier time in our history and when we strolled around Fillmore this was one of the images that was presented to me.  So rather than a dramatic visual image expressing artistry that dazzles the eye, I give you a much more subtle, documentary image, that might convey your mind  back to Another Time, which is the latest category I have added to the blog’s image inventory.

I initially rendered this image in sepia toned black and white, but the lettering in the shop windows got lost in that image, so the final image was rendered with a mono-toned color palette,  with a bit of emphasis on the warm color tones.  The goal was to capture a contemporary image and make it look like it was captured long before today.