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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2006
Words
Topic: Oddities
Words
On a lamppost, Melrose Avenue, 18 August 2006 -

On a lamppost, Melrose Avenue, 18 August 2006


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Sunday, 3 September 2006
Faded Stars
Topic: Historic Hollywood
Faded Stars
There will be more photography late Monday evening or Tuesday. The Labor Day weekend calls for a trip south, down San Diego way, to join the family for some relaxing - away from the computer and all that. It's a small vacation, but it will do.

The from-the-ground-up redesign of the weekly magazine-style Just Above Sunset was exhausting. But that is done, and the new issue has been posted. Time to relax.

As a parting shot, or shots, detail of one of the Hollywood murals - Delores Del Rio on a wall on Hudson at Hollywood Boulevard, still dancing with Fred Astaire (you no doubt remember the movie).

Detail of the Delores Del Rio mural on Hudson at Hollywood Boulevard - still dancing with Fred Astaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across the street? Get your Star Burgers.

Star Burgers - Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference shot - the Delores Del Rio mural on Hudson at Hollywood Boulevard -

The Delores Del Rio mural on Hudson at Hollywood Boulevard


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Saturday, 2 September 2006
Natural Abstracts
Natural Abstracts
The wall of a tattoo parlor on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard - these needed no fancy processing. They're just abstracts. They tell no story. But they are reasonably strong compositions.

This was Friday, September 1 - 1:30 in the afternoon, shooting straight up into a cloudless sky on an excruciatingly sunny day.

The wall of a tattoo parlor on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wall of a tattoo parlor on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard


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Friday, 1 September 2006
Perspective - The Vanishing Point
Perspective - The Vanishing Point
Of course the vanishing point is the point in a perspective drawing where parallel lines seem to converge. Vanishing points, as a technique for leading the eye to where you want it go, were first used in the Renaissance by Donatello and Masaccio and the like. This was a big revolution back then - a new thing in art. Paintings suddenly had the illusion of depth. The world of art changed. It seems kind of obvious now, but one tends to forget that someone had to be the first to figure it out and draw the lines to set things up.

This is the west coast headquarters of CNN on Sunset Boulevard, as seen, down an alley, from Hollywood Boulevard, Friday, September 1, mid-afternoon. Larry King is in there somewhere taping his evening show. That's the vanishing point.

The west coast headquarters of CNN on Sunset Boulevard, as seen, down an alley, from Hollywood Boulevard


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Thursday, 31 August 2006
Abstracts
Topic: Technical Exercises
Abstracts
Palm Maps - the palm outside the kitchen window - heavily processed. In the old days this would fall under "darkroom work." Messing around with the development process, masking stuff, trying diffenet exposers and working with smelly chemicals in the shadows. Now the darkroom is PhotoShop.

Hollywood palm tree - heavily processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood palm tree - heavily processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The raw material -

Hollywood palm tree


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