Photo Friday, “Stag Beer Sign 2”

As promised in this post, here is a shot of this beautiful old, recently-restored sign near my house. The first time I posted a shot of this sign, I used color film in my then recently-acquired Olympus OM-10 camera. This time, I used my trusty original silver Canon Digital Rebel. I shot in RAW, which is something I don’t normally do because I don’t like having to fiddle with my shots if I don’t have to. This is the result of my first attempt at RAW developing with Adobe Lightroom, and I have to say that I was impressed with the ease of making adjustments and pleased with the quality of the result. I may have to get this one printed and framed.

Photo Friday, “Donuts Fit For The King”

Grabbed this shot while out for a short walk this afternoon. I normally wouldn’t post a cell phone pic, because the camera on my phone is not very good. But, I was pleased with how this came out – kind of reminds me of my photographic hero, Walker Evans. I have also shot this place before, with my Olympus OM-10, so more to come.

An Art Deco Eastman Kodak Store

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would repost this item from before the blog reboot. It’s been edited a bit to make more sense in this context.

While most people above a certain age know how Kodak once dominated the film photography world, few are aware of the fact that the company operated Kodak-branded retail stores all over the world for many years.

Featuring a wide array of Eastman Kodak cameras, films and accessories, these often opulent establishments were something like their era’s version of the Apple Store.

I stumbled upon this Art Deco beauty while roaming around downtown St. Louis early one Sunday morning. Judging by the style of the architecture and logo, it dates from the 1920s or ’30s, but seemed to have held up remarkably well. The interior looked as if it had been vacated the previous day.

And although the photographic giant that was Kodak no longer exists, this building lives on in restored splendor as the Thaxton Speakeasy, an ‘underground lounge’ and event space. The gorgeous cobalt backlit letters are gone from the facade, but the “EKC” logo remains, as does much of the original interior woodwork and art.

Photo Friday, “SF Bay Split Tone”

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The original, unedited shot.

This is a shot of San Francisco Bay. The original was shot on color slide film, but was almost monochrome, due to the gray, misty northern California weather. I decided to convert it to black and white, but it still lacked something. So, I tried a split-toning technique in Photoshop, which definitely added some much needed contrast and a little drama to the shot.