The Grove at Dusk

Posted March 10th, 2012 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Near Hollywood in Los Angeles is a great shopping center called The Grove. Last week, after running some workshops for the Nikonians Academy, I spent an hour or so taking photos in the area at dusk. As I walked around, I enjoyed listening to a live blues band and watched young couples stare deeply into each other’s eyes. There’s still magic in Hollywood!

Statue at the Grove. Dusk.

Statue at the Grove. Dusk.

Blues band at The Grove.

Blues band at The Grove.

Movie theater at the Grove. Dusk.

Movie theater at the Grove. Dusk.

Sunglasses in a storefront at The Grove.

Sunglasses in a storefront at The Grove.





A Good HDR Burger

Posted February 2nd, 2012 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink
Moonlite Diner near Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

Moonlite Diner near Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

A few nights ago I had just finished up running two weeks of photo workshops in Florida and I was craving an old-fashioned American hamburger. I found this place called the Moonlight Diner near Fort Lauderdale and figured they ought to have some big ol’ greasy burgers. I’m happy to say, their double-patty cheese and bacon burger hit the spot. The waitresses were all running around with “Got Shakes?” t-shirts and spoke in the unique diner language of “honey” “sweets” and “what kin I git fur ya?”

After the burger and fries, I decided I had to immortalize my experience with an HDR image. Since I had my Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f2.8 with me, I bracketed a sequence of 7 exposures. This shot was about 45 minutes after sunset, so there was just a little bit of blue left in the sky.┬áMy goal was to include the real crescent moon in the sky, but it was hidden by the evening cloud cover. Oh well, I’ll have to come back some day and try it all over again!





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