Summer Sunset

p1170416bThis is the corner of De Lacey and Colorado Blvd., in the heart of Old Town Pasadena.  Forever 21, Crate & Barrel, Diesel fashion, along with the 21 Choices Ice Cream-Frozen Yogurt shop, are some the businesses featured in this picture. Right behind where I’m standing is Tiffany’s jewelry store. Buca Di Beppo Italian restaurant is 1 block the opposite direction on De Lacey and Green Sts..  so many other places to mention, I just don’t have time to right now….more later.

Since the time I took this picture, I have taken several more Stunning sunset images, on different afternoons, and angles, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon, both on this blog,  AND on my Photo Art Gallery Blog. Beautiful sunsets like this are just one of the many reasons people love to visit and live here! Happy Holidays!

Old Town Pasadena Shopping Experience

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I was standing on the sidewalk, in front of One Colorado West of Fair Oaks Ave., looking East when I captured this. There is so much awaiting you here.  For instance, the Apple Computer Store is 90 degrees to the right of where I was standing, across the street. Atmosphere galore. Lot’s of fashion, food, and fun for everyone, every where you look, for blocks and blocks.Urban Outfitters, Zara, Nike Store, Vince as you can see in the photo, Banana Republic, Tiffany & Co., to name a few,  and if that’s not enough then The Paseo Colorado Shopping District, a huge Mall type experience with many more stores and restaurants is right own the Boulevard. a 1/2 mile.

Pasadena Transit Updates, Plus a Restaurant Tip

501pasadenaCorner of Union and Raymond Avenues in Pasadena. 1 block N of Colorado Blvd..  This intersection is actually the next one looking from the direction of my last post, which is looking up Raymond Ave., from Colorado Blvd. You can recognize the buildings architecture in both pictures.  This is the end of the line (last stop) for Foothill Transit Line 187, which originates about 35 miles East at Montclair Transit Center.

Los Angeles Metro Express Line 501 (see the sign near the top left corner),  just started service March 1st. It starts at Del Mar Station, then it stops here and a couple of other stops in Pasadena, as well as a couple of stops in Glendale and one in Burbank,  before it whisks it’s passengers to North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station (time estimate 35-55 minute, depending on traffic) where you can connect to either the Orange Line to the west San Fernando Valley, or the Red Line towards Downtown Los Angeles. Scheduling is every 15 minutes rush-hour and 30 minutes off-rush-hour. Last run is 9:00 PM. I’m happy for the people who need this because if someone needed to go the San Fernando Valley from Pasadena before Metro  Bus Express  #501, they would have to take the Gold Line all the way Downtown to Union Station, then take the Metro Red Line all the way to the valley.  Or take a snail slow bus to Hollywood and then figure out the best way to  the SFV from there, both of those options are HUGE time wasters. BRAVO METRO!!

One last transit update here;  Tomorrow, Saturday, March 5th, 2016, Metro Gold Line opens NEW stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa. The Gold Line Memorial Park Station is about 2 blocks from where this photo is taken.

California Chutney Restaurant (across the street) is a healthy and reasonably priced alternative. They have a chicken tikka tacos for $3 each special on Tuesdays.  Made with Naan flat bread, like a soft taco made with delicious soft fresh baked flat Indian style bread. Add some greens and a choice of different flavors on top, (spicy, sweet, yogurt dressing etc.). I enjoyed it.

Pasadena Bus Stop-Full Frame 16:9

Pasadena Bus Stop Lately I’ve been experimenting with a format aspect ratio of 16:9. My camera (Lumix LX5) produces files that are not only appear wider but are larger (more pixels) at 16:9, than 3:2. So I thought it might be a good idea to try it out. Took this Fri. 4/25. Tried playing around with cropping it 10 different ways, but thought Full Frame was the best. I just couldn’t crop out the way the window opens up perfectly to the upper left corner. I used Manual focus, so when the guy just suddenly turned for a second I captured it.