Monthly Archives: January 2015

Doo Dah, Doo Dah

Where: Pasadena CA

 

 

DoDah

 

In my native LA many rave about the amazing Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

 

 

Beautiful floats made of flowers and a clear skin Beauty Queen and her Royal Court waving to the adoring audience without a worry or care.

 

 

Kinda makes me queasy. To counteract the nausea I think about the Deathmobile in Animal House used to disrupt the Homecoming Parade, but one year I attended a parade tailor-made for Dano, The Doo Dah.

 

 

The Doo Dah is the anti-parade held in Pasadena featuring all who would be forbidden to be in the Rose Parade! No prizes, no rules. My favorite float was a pick-up truck pulling a trailer with 6 guys on broken chairs smoking cigars entitled, “Men Relaxing”.

 

 

I shot this before the parade started. I’m not sure if its a woman or man, but it’s the Doo Dah and it really doesn’t matter.

 

 

 

 

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Winter Stride

Boston, MA

 

 

T Stop

 

I was in New York last week with my colleagues from LA for meetings in Midtown. It was typical January weather with a couple of cold nights due to the wind chill.

 

 

Living in Upstate New York I’ve grown accustomed to winter and just sorta deal with it. But I watched my colleagues from LA suffer, complain and downright whine about the inhumanity of a January climate in the Northeast.

 

 

At the end of the day we would head outside on Lexington Ave into the normal rush of commuters walking to Grand Central Station. It reminded me of this image I captured of a January commuter about to enter a T Station where the window had not been cleaned since the summer.

 

 

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Coin-Slot

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

 

Coin-slot

 

We were in Amsterdam for a meeting at one of Epson’s offices in Europe.

 

 

After the meeting, my colleague from Epson America and I went out to check out the sights.

 

 

And this was quite a sight at a building site right by the Centraal Station.

 

 

 

 

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The Splits

Where: Pittsford, NY

 

 

Split Toned

 

A couple of years we volunteered as a host family for the Fresh Air Fund.

 

 

The Fresh Air Fund is a program designed to give inner city children from New York City an opportunity to experience life in Upstate New York.

 

 

When Fukwon arrived he was a furnace filled with energy and excitement. But I was able to capture this moment of quiet reflection when he was taking in the simple but peaceful view from our dining room. By taking a low angle, I eliminated distractions in the background which enhanced his profile.

 

 

To better capture the mood, and also help the highlights, I added some simple split-toning

 

 

 

 

 

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Forbidden

Where: Beijing, China

 

 

Forbidden CitySeveral years ago I traveled with Greg Gorman to China where we did custom Epson Print Academy programs.

 

 

This was in the early days of the DSLR when the technology was new and exciting, but also limiting and confusing.

 

 

During a break we went to the Forbidden City. It was a dreary day and it was right after the SARS scare so there were not a lot of tourists e.g. it was perfect for negative space images. When I saw five men pass through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, I tracked them through the viewfinder until I had the best Fibonacci outline then composed for the upper third.

 

 

I captured this with a whopping 6 Megapixel Pro Level sensor (which was 2x the size of the more ubiquitous 3.3 Megapixel sensors in the market at the time). Due to the low light levels I tempted fate and pushed the ISO up to 640. Today ISO 640 is almost grain-free, but 12 years ago the noise was like cracked pepper.

 

 

While I liked this image, I didn’t do much with it because of the high noise level and how it printed. But as my Photoshop skills have improved along with recent breakthroughs in printing technology, I’m now able to bring my early DSLR images up to acceptable levels of exhibition quality.

 

 

 

 

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