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Wall Detail #130

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 1/125 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

This is a section of the wall depicted in my last post.  I found the color and textures of the brick and mortar interesting, and the remnants of the painted advertising information.

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Back Door of Commerce

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 12mm ISO 200 1/50 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

This is a section of commercial building wall that originally faced an alley behind “D” Street in Chino, California.  This was the home of a hardware store at one time.  I was attracted by the textures, colors and remnants of commerce painted on the wall.

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Brick Alley #3: Turning Daylight In To Night


Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 28mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/8 Lr3; HDR Efex Pro

This image was actually captured at 5:28 P.M. on March 5, a day when the sun set at 5:52 P.M.  and the ambient light conditions were quite different

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 28mm ISO 1250 1/15 f/8 Lr3

than depicted in this rendering.  The scene is an alley off of Mercantile Place in Old Town, Pasadena, California.  The original center exposure is on the right.  I achieved the final image by converting the camera raw file in to .DNG using Lightroom, then processed the three brackets through HDR Efex Pro, tweaking overall exposure, contrast structure, saturation, white and black point, and then used Nik control points to further tweak the left foreground, the human figures, and the sky using some of the same adjustments.  Sharpening, noise reduction and  vignetting then occurred in Lightroom.

Some might consider this over processing in terms of the saturation and artificially changing the perceived time of day, but I really wanted to feature the brick work and set a mood, so I exercised my creative license.  I really like my final rendering.

Music On The Wall


Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 20mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr3; HDR Efex Pro

Mario’s Place is an upscale Italian restaurant in the center of town in Riverside, California.  The Mission Inn is across the street and the building in the left foreground is the former Riverside City Hall.  Mario’s is not the kind of place that you go to enjoy red and white checkered table cloths, and spaghetti and meatballs.  In addition to fine dining Mario’s features live musical acts and has a DJ spinning tunes in a club space that you get to through the alleyway that the building abuts in this image.

While the painting on the side of the building is an eye catcher I was also interested in the detailing on both building facades, which give me an overall feeling of being in an earlier, less technologically complex era.  There are quite a few interesting structures around Riverside from the past and the city has done an excellent job of preserving their architectural history.   I plan to spend more time in the future roving around Riverside capturing images and visiting the California Museum of Photography which is operated by the University of California Riverside and is only about three blocks from this site.