Olvera street…..Los Angeles


When I visited Los Angeles last month, it was still in winter and saw some cloudy and rainy day there.

This is the image I created by photoshop.

Well….it looks a bit boring due to the dull sky. SO, I channel masked out the cloudy sky and matched up blue sky behind. It is always better to give some gradient when you make sky.

Well….not bad….but it is funny not having shadow on the ground.

Then, used cloud brush to draw some cloud and ended up like the first image.

LEICA Digilux 3

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Olvera Street. Downtown Los Angeles


The color of the lady’s hat was everywhere in this little alley. Somehow that type of blue was standing in the alley with old brick buildings

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Olvera street, Downtown LA


Olvera street……once you get into the small alley, it is the different world.

Color, foods and people…….in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles……it is just like a parallel world.

Again, this is done by film. Combination of highlight and shadow…..in this kind of situation, films do quite realistic image.

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Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles


When I say “Downtown Los Angeles“……lots of people still think it is the capital of criminals…….well…..maybe some part still is……But, at the same time, there are lots of good culture too.

Olvera street is the oldest part of Los Angeles and was originally developed by Mexico.

Now this part is preserved as a Mexico town and is my favorite place in downtown.

This photo is…..actually, it is not the original photo. Something has been done by Adobe Photoshop.

Here, this is the original!

I used the technique I introduced before.

But because of complicated shape of trees, I could not use “Magic Eraser”, so I had to create “Channel Mask” to remove the original sky.

As a photo, maybe the first one would be more exciting……bat as a reality, the second one looks more likely to be LA.

Leica Digilux 3 14-50mmF2.8-3.5