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A Quiet Campus Sidewalk

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 320 1/8 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

It is late afternoon on the sidewalk under the shade of mature trees lining Sixth Street on the campus of Pomona College, Claremont, California.  The building is Clark Hall V, a student residence, the tower in the background is Smith Tower which has both a clock and carillon.  By local tradition the carillon chimes at 47 minutes after every hour.

Prints of this image and similar interpretive images are available at: http://goo.gl/5XCBv .

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Harbor Towers Standing Watch

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 26mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

The Hyatt Manchester, San Diego twin towers standing watch over Embarcadero Marina.  I applied my painterly style to this image and I think it works well, with richer color and density, expressing a feeling of calmness on a bright, Southern California day.  For comparison purposes here is the straight HDR that this was derived from:


Signal Tower & Bridge Superstructure

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 1600 1/640 f/13 Lr3, ASSA3; PsCS5

This is the signal tower and west end of the pedestrian bridge at the Riverside, California Metrolink Station.  In addition to the stairways, patrons are served by an elevator in the west brick tower and one in the east brick tower, which was the only way I was able to get up on the bridge for yesterday’s image of the freight passing through.

This image is another example of my practicing simplifying images from the initial photo realism in order to convey more of a general feeling of the subjects (instead of a literal representation) so that the viewers’ minds can fill in any details they may imagine.  There is just the hint of the train in the background of this image, but I believe it is enough to enable the viewer to understand there was a train there.

There was much more detail of individual bricks in the elevator tower in my original capture and I purposely softened the detail and over saturated the coloring of the bricks.  I also liked the two converging lines from the crosswalk and upped the saturation and brightness of those as they converged on the tower and bridge.  And of course the processes I applied, including the introduction of a canvas texture resulted in a very painterly rendering.  (This and all of my images are in my gallery and the tools in the gallery will allow you to see the images in full size or near full size, then the texture will become quite apparent.)


First Congregational Church

Nikon D7000 10-24mm at 18mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/16 Lr3; HEP1

The First Congregational Church is located at the corner of Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street in Riverside, California.  The church building takes its design cues, which include the arching colonnade from the Mission Inn which is across the street.  From the church’s web site:

The present church building is one of the most significant Spanish Revival structures existing in Southern California. It was designed by Myron Hunt, a leading California architect who also designed the Spanish Wing of the Mission Inn and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The building is a brick structure with a concrete tower. Henry Jekel was the architectural engineer for the Spanish Baroque Churrigueresque tower. The cornerstone was laid December 1, 1912, and the building was dedicated on January 25, 1914. The original cost of the building was $100,000…

For many years the church’s 135′ bell tower was empty. in 1986, Don and Beth Miller began the Carillon Project in memory of their son, Scott. A Carillon was chosen, consisting of 24 bells, each of which rings a different pitch on the chromatic scale. The bells, which are the only pealing bells loacted in Southern California, were manufactured in France. In August 1989 installation began, and on October 1, 1989, the bells were dedicated as a memorialto loved ones and a gift of the church to the community.

The sound of the bells was quite appealing and imparted a sense of well being while we were in the neighborhood.

Processing for this image was fairly straightforward, I did amp up the saturation in the flower blossoms.