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

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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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Saturday, 23 September 2006
Preview
Topic: Oddities
Preview
Coming tomorrow in the new issue of the online magazine Just Above Sunset, a photo study of one of the oddest apartment buildings you'll ever see - "El Bordello Alexandra" at 20 Westminster, Venice Beach. There's this web page where a local tries to explain the place.

Below are two of the fifteen shots that week be posted tomorrow. It's a giggle.

El Bordello Alexandra at 20 Westminster, Venice Beach - detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Bordello Alexandra at 20 Westminster, Venice Beach - detail


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Friday, 22 September 2006
Still Life
Topic: Color Studies
Still Life
Noted on the ocean front walk, the "boardwalk" in Venice Beach (there are no boards), Thursday, 21 September -

Old fish sign, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California


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Thursday, 21 September 2006
Trompe-l'?il and Other Madness
Topic: Light and Shadow
Trompe-l'œil and Other Madness
Trompe-l'œil is of course one of those French terms one can throw around. We're talking optical illusion in what seems to be a realistic painting - as in tromper, to deceive, and l'œil, the eye. You've been had. It's kind of a joke on strict realism - there's more here, with samples, and the note that trompe-l'œil was (and is) often employed in murals, "and instances from Greek and Roman times are known, for instance from Pompeii." And there's Hollywood. Trompe-l'œil is employed in Donald O'Connor's famous "running up the wall" routine in Singin' in the Rain (1952). At the end of the "Make 'em Laugh" number he runs up a real wall, then he runs towards what looks like a hallway painted on a wall, but when he runs up this it's a large trompe-l'œil mural. He crashes through it. Whatever. The inside joke is that the song is a fake too, a shameless rip-off of Be a Clown from the movie The Pirate (1948). Nothing is ever what it seems.

Here's trompe-l'œil at Venice Beach, Thursday, September 21 - part of a study of four new murals there that will be posted in this Sunday's Just Above Sunset.

Trompe-l'œil mural, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other murals of note - like western line-dancing meets Van Gogh's Starry Night, at the Beach -

Mural, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mural, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mural, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California


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Wednesday, 20 September 2006
Brickwork
Topic: Light and Shadow
Brickwork
Walls in Los Angeles' Thai Town - Hollywood Boulevard from Western Avenue east to Normandie, approximately. The Thai Town photos will follow. The brick walls made for interesting compositions. The first two have been digitally equalized - that's increasing the local contrast of the image by reducing the overall dynamic range. The color values are true. The third photo is "as is" - without processing of any kind.

Brickwork - wall in Los Angeles' Thai Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brickwork - wall in Los Angeles' Thai Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brickwork - wall in Los Angeles' Thai Town


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Tuesday, 19 September 2006
Hollywood Reflections
Topic: Technical Exercises
Hollywood Reflections
A technical exercise - shooting through glass to get both what's there and what's reflected from the street - Hollywood Wigs, 6311 Hollywood Boulevard, on the north side, between Ivar and Vine - Tuesday, September 19, 2:00 pm, full sun -

Window of Hollywood Wigs, 6311 Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday, September 19, 2:00 pm, full sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Window of Hollywood Wigs, 6311 Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday, September 19, 2:00 pm, full sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An appropriate place for the woman to wear the wig - The Frolic Room, 6245 Hollywood Boulevard, next to the Pantages - look for Hedy Lamarr's star out front in the sidewalk -

Bob's Frolic Room was featured in the movie LA Confidential - Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) has a drink here, thinking about what to do next. It's just a dive neon bar from the thirties.

The Frolic Room, 6245 Hollywood Boulevard, next to the Pantages


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