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Canon PowerShot G2
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Mar 17, 2007, 2:57:48 PM
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Liqu by makepictures Liqu by makepictures
The closest I've come to making a picture that looks like much of Los Angeles. This from a gas station on Sunset Boulevard.
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jules-101 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Huh. I was born there, but don't remember much ( brain/memory not fully formed yet). This is NOT what I had in mind. This looks pretty much like DC without the palm trees (and without all that water- :o ). I see  from the comments below, everyone thinks of CA right away, but I see it more of a comment on much of the USA roadside scenery in general- no historical value, lots of liquor stores,  mass produced food, squat buildings with no character, but there is A LOT of character in the photograph! :D 
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makepictures Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Great comment.  Thanks.
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Instantly recognisable as La, and positively makes the viewer do a double take trying to see how big and where in the picture the LIQUOR sign actually is. David Hockney meets Edward Hopper in this piece. Hockney, of course, did live and work in LA.
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
His house is in the hills right behind the location of this photo and the place where this photo was taken is just two or three streets west of where Nichols Canyon (one of his well-known Los Angeles paintings) ends on Hollywood Boulevard.
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UrbanDawn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Simple and intriguing
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thank you.
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HorstSchmier Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Strong composition !! :thumbsup:
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Xanderpus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
oh and if you don't get it the first thing i thought of was $liquisoft
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Xanderpus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
isoft! ;)
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
No one,including liquisoft, has ever made that connection. Good one.
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:iconxanderpus:
Xanderpus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Haha, Thanks! c:
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SCT-GRAPHICS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Nice perspective with the trees angling off to the horizon.
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks.
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jmartin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Great pic. I like how you've framed the shot with the palm trees going off in the distance. No mistaken this is Cali...
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Thanks for the great comment.
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stateless Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Hey Josh, I just featured this picture and a few others on Images Found :) [link]

Take care!
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
I am extremely flattered and feel wonderfully validated. Your blog shows excellent taste and has for a long time which is quite difficult. I have never had my work shown in the same "scroll" as Ansel Adams!
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stateless Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Thanks! I'm very happy to add your work to its ranks; I think it is very good.

I've been busy with work and have neglected the blog lately, but I'm trying to get back into posting more regularly.
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scir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
I really enjoy this photo. You've abstracted a cityscape perfectly through careful framing alone! Fantastic!
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Thanks. Coming from a good framer that means a lot.
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:iconreachingflames:
ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Interesting image. I don't know why. Something strange about it!
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Thanks. I'll take "strange." Part of my fascination with LA is how strange the palm trees are. They don't produce edible dates or dates that folks eat (those are out near Palm Springs) and they don't have coconuts on them. They can't be useful for shade. So if they are there as decoration, think about how far up they put their "leaves"..... strange indeed.
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ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Haha, to me, they look very normal. I just don't have any palmtrees in my country.
I was actually talking about the composition that I find strange :D
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
The composition is normal to me - - well, if not normal, I assure you completely intentional. I think I spent at least four or five years looking at the situation, wondering if it said what it should and figuring out how to to show it.
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:iconreachingflames:
ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
Well I think you show it in a very mysterious way! :)
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:iconzedka:
zedka Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010   Photographer
This geometrical composition works really well !
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
It is the best version of what i look for in much of my work. Thanks for the comment.
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:iconhengki24:
Hengki24 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Excellent graphic brother, agree with Intao, Bauhaus indeed.
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Thanks so much.
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:iconfelibree:
felibree Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Half
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MHubbardSanDiego Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
That's so funny how I know that exact place, having grown up a mile or so from there..small world.

mh
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Then you'll know where a bunch of my other shots were taken. Thanks for stopping by.
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redhat94 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Filmographer
do u shoot raw or jpg?
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
jpeg
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Paddyf123 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
this is really nice, i personally would have cropped the edge of the O out as it is a little distracting and dosnt really add much. but there is definatly something very pleasing about the graphic angular shape of this shot and how the shadow angle under the 'ali' sign mimic's perfectly the angle of the palm trees in the distance. also the red and white striped roof works really well with the sign colours... nice one :)
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
You can thank Kentucky Fried Chicken for the stripes and Blockbuster for the blue building. That's part of what makes it an LA picture. Thanks for your comment.
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:iconintao:
intao Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
This is really appealing, somewhere between Bauhaus and Stephen Shore, the half orange circle seals it.
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Thanks and great comment. I agree in terms of form and subject matter(re Stephen Shore)but its the strong primary colors in the sun that places it in LA and separates it from Bauhaus (which perhaps inappropriately I associate with off white)and Shore.
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:iconintao:
intao Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Voila ;) [link]
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
As primary as it gets and as Mondrian as one would want. I knew Mondrian's grids were connected to the architecture but I didn't know Mondrian had been claimed by the movement as one of their own. Thanks.
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intao Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Well actually Taschen may have taken some liberty her in bringing Modrian into the Bauhaus fold but I know El Lissitsky was fond of at least yellow and red ;)
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makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
From Wikipedia: “He was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism.” But not a single mention of Bauhaus in the Piet Mondrian Wikipedia entry. The Wikipedia entry on Bauhaus does show Mondrian as a lecturer at Bauhaus so Tachen wasn’t being entirely intellectually dishonest.
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intao Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
ah, one of those 6 degrees of separation opportunities ;)
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WmBCrawford Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
AWESOME
Very cool.
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Thanks. Some of your fire pictures are very dramatic, but "Fire 16" was the most evocative for me.
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:icontermagen:
termagen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
this drew me in the moment i saw it!
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Thank you.
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equivoque Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
i think "great capture" is the most cliche and misused comment on da.

i do like the composition and color combination of this photograph.

:D
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spyed Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very LA for sure. specifically my own perception of it since this is down the street from my house.

and now.. I will provide you with perhaps the most cliche deviantART comment possible:

I like the composition :)
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Thanks for checking in to the page. A LOT of the pictures will be down the street. LOL
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