Pasadena, California

     A brief trip to Pasadena, California in the spring afforded opportunities to photograph the city sights. Of course, everyone photographs
     these particular sites, and the Colorado Bridge has been featured on numerous wall calendars. Even so, it was my first time there and the
     afternoon light while I was in downtown was perfect for capturing the Pasadena City Hall and Library. So, here is a sample of what I saw.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   All Saints Church (west entrance)    City Hall (west main tower)    City Hall (east wall walkway)    City Hall (central courtyard fountain)    City Hall (west main entrance)    Library (front entrance)    Library (main hall)    Gamble House (front)    Gamble House (rear patio)    Colorado Bridge (I-5 bridge visible behind)
  The west entrance to the All Saints Church
  captures the waning afternoon light with an
  array of stacked shadows where elaborate trim
  and decorative touches meet inside an arch.
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/1000 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The Pasadena City Hall was built in the
  late 1920s, with styling and decorations
  influenced by Renaissance architecture.
  Conveniently, it has served as a filming
  location for several Western movies.
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/2500 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The east wall of the courtyard is an open
  walkway with decorative arches and lights.
  The sun casts long shadows along the
  tiled pathway.
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  In the central courtyard, a large fountain
  with gargoylesque streamheads and elaborate
  scrolling contributes perfectly to the general
  ambience. In the background, early spring
  foliage contrasts with the afternoon sky.
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The west main entrance to the compound
  glows brightly in the descending sunlight.
  The elaborate decorations within the achways
  create a layer cake of light and shadow.
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/400 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The front entrance to the Pasadena Library
  captures some of the remaining sunlight while
  a young reader relaxes on a small fountain in
  a brick-paved front courtyard.
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  20mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/800 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Inside the library, a rich odor of deeply
  stained wood paneling and book bindings
  greets the nostrils as the ceiling rises high
  above a brass- and tile-rich reading area.
  Shouldn't every library look like this?
      (March 29, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/3.2
Exposure:  1/50 sec
ISO Speed:  3200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer (oops!)

 

 

  David and Mary Gamble, known by their
  affiliation with Proctor & Gamble, built this
  vacation home in 1908. Only the shingles are
  nailed. Notch-and-peg construction everywhere
  else invokes classic Japanese themes.
      (March 30, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  30mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/1000 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The rear of the house includes a stone-tiled,
  elevated patio with an integrated coy pond. The
  house may be recognized to some as Doc's Mansion
  from the movie Back to the Future. No
  photography is ever allowed indoors, which
  also requires a tour fee to access.
      (March 30, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  39mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Viewed from the Arroyo Seco, Pasadena's
  histric Colorado Street Bridge is nearly
  100 years old yet continues to span the gulch
  as majestically as it did in 1913. A hazy sky
  reduces the contrast but a strong post-
  processing effect gives an old-timey look.
      (March 30, 2012)
Body type:  Canon EOS 7D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  19mm
Aperture:  f/5.0
Exposure:  1/1600 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

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