Hill Street: Home of Jewels and “Classy Dames”

I walked down Hill Street the other day entering into the light field several times. These are the buildings in LA that could be called the “classy broads” of architecture. I used some of them in the old days for the Tonight Show when we first made the set for the new host Jay Leno when he took over for Johnny Carson. Akira Yoshimura designed the set and wanted to incorporate the heyday of jazz clubs in a small piece for the band area and I shot the area around 7th Street with my 8X10, right around St. Vincent’s. We made the second story into our parade of neon signs. So it was familiar territory. Today I will share some of the shots. Next time I will include some more.
One lesson learned from using the light field camera from Ren Ng’s company is that the two modes called Everyday and Creative could be marked Exposure Adjustment instead of Everyday and Focus Adjustment instead of Creative. The manual says as much, but for some like me, I had to do some work with the camera to make this more important. You may notice that the far away things never really get tack sharp, but I would guess that many small cameras that fit in the pockets of today may have that feature. I looked at the new iPad shots posted at the Apple site and downloaded them. The close-up shots were very clear, but in the far away, not so amazing. But I digress. Have a look and some fun clicking around. If you find the little target in the lower right and click, it may transport you to the hosting site and you can click and get a full resolution picture for further play. For those who might be listening from the company, I would enjoy doing that on the local software before uploading.
And the camera is getting some fans. I helped a friend order one today. She picked the Blue one. It is supposed to come in May or June. Looks like they are selling. Yeah.












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Walk on Sweetzer with Mandelbrot’s roughness in the light field…

We human types are wired for roughness. Benoit Mandelbrot and Nassim Nicolas Taleb introduced me to the term and now I see it everywhere. Took a stroll on Sweetzer on a sunny day and found some stuff with which to play with my cute little kaleidoscope camera. Or overgrown lipstick pix máquina. I loved the old tree trunks and some other elements. Just stayed in the range of exposure that worked and did not worry too much about the things I could not see. (Meaning the limited brightness range of the digital sensor – but who really cares?) It’s about light and color and roughness, not technically exacting pictures like in my other life with translites and motion pictures (Amazing Spider-Man) and television (Tonight Show). Just having a walk, taking in the world around me and loving it. As I write, Oye (Rosabel’s Cubarican Club mix) spins by Gloria Estefan. I always feel the beat way more than I can tell you how they make it. It is why beer joints at the beach are more popular than pilgrimages to desert monasteries, although we may find joy in both. Have a look.
(Remember to run your cursor near the bottom of the pix for a few words of explanation.)







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Getting up close and personal in a light field…

Flower close-ups can be very satisfying. But you need to get the light right and the focus right or you will be just a bit disappointed. At least that is my experience. My first picture is a slice of a light field photo taken outdoors, just to allow me to play with the focus. It also will allow me to play with my alt tags a bit, just to see if I can get noticed.

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Flower isolated by light field shallow depth of field at f/2

Found some of my favorites in a display at a funeral the other day. Soft light coming through the door. So I had some to play with. Here I present the ones like my banner picture. Only these you can play with. :)




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Richard Lund
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