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Isleton and Locke

I visited a part of California I never knew existed with the Johnstone Clan. What a great day it was…

Built by the Chinese early in the 20th century, Locke, California is 14 acres of quaintness. The main drag – about three blocks long – is a hodgepodge of rotting and twisty woodwork – an exquisite state of decay. The few remaining inhabitants operate a couple of museums and galleries filled with curiosities. If you ever visit Locke, you can find a decent steak or burger at Al the Wop’s.

On a side note, this was an excellent opportunity to put the new Fuji X100F through its paces. I am amazed at how much of an improvement this version is over its predecessor. If you must, check out a few reviews, and then buy it.

Alex

Next door neighbor Alex also paints. Seems I know a lot of artists. Lucky me!

I think I have this whole Brenizer thing worked out. I purchased a proper VR rig from Really Right Stuff, and now making these is a breeze. I can shoot a whole 49 image series in less than two minutes. Setup is pretty easy. With the lens wide open, I can work with a lot of different types of lighting. And the resulting panorama stitches flawlessly in AutoPano Pro.

A comment I’ve heard a couple times now is, “Wow, this looks like it’s out of a magazine!” That’s what this special focus trick does. Makes it all seem larger than life.

Get a taste of a 5,000 pixel wide version below. The full-resolution render is 4 times larger and sorta mind-boggling.

Two questions remain. Should I try to shoot these in HDR, and who’s next?

Andrew

The first of what I hope will be several shots of my favorite genius in one of his many workspaces.

I didn’t realize when I shot it, but at 70 images, this is the highest resolution image I ever made. It would print beautifully ten feet wide. I’d like to see that.

The featured image above has one of Lightroom’s Split Tone filters applied. I like the look. I’m very tempted to apply some worn edges to the image and beat it up a little.

The full-color image looks like this.

Nick’s Cove

Kelly and I stopped here for oysters on the way to Point Arena. The food and the view were both excellent.

We also saw this happy furball in need of a trim.

Peek-a-boo. I see you! Barely.

Some graffiti is better

Spotted at the corner of 17th and Broadway today. Look at the artist’s gallery for a better view of this awesome art.

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