Old Chinatown – Central Plaza 1
Old Chinatown-Central Plaza 1, Los Angeles, California, USA
The cloudy skies of June in Los Angeles are known as June Gloom, and this year it continued to the end of July and into August. I checked the Weather Channel extended forecast and it looked like Sunday, Aug. 2 was the last cloudy day. After that, It would be blank, lifeless skies until November. Since I had been cooped up in my studio for months, I was out the door early Sunday looking for an interesting sky as a backdrop. I had three locations in mind, but the image above isn’t one of them. This happens to me a lot. I go out for one thing and come back with something completely different (Artist Attention Deficit Disorder). I knew it was a lucky day when I was able to Doris Day park directly in front of Central Plaza in Chinatown. I get out of the car and there’s this building I’ve seen a million times before, 951 N Broadway, but today for some reason I am really seeing it; the funky tile roof, the 1930s Chinese architecture, the row of pomegranate trees bearing fruit growing down the courtyard side, and yes, a beautiful cloudy sky as the background. I’m in love with the scene. I am in love with life. I even feel love for the guy trying to syphon gas out of my 2003 Xterra as I make the capture!
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32-bit HDR image consisting of 3 bracketed frames merged into one High Dynamic Range image file in Photoshop CC 2015. The 1st bracketed frame was exposed according to the in-camera meter at f5.6, 1/640 sec., ISO 100. The 2nd bracketed frame had an exposure index of -1.67 EV. The 3rd bracketed frame had an exposure index of +1.67 EV. Nikon D810 DSLR, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, depth of field measurement: Simple DoF Calculator app., iPhone 6 +, capture date and time: 8/02/2015, 9:14 am.