Light Is My Friend: Hollywood Park Alley

Published On January 20, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | Lighting locations, Photo Essay, Walking Around Snapshots

The back of a Chinese restaurant that faces Freeport Boulevard. In the evening the breeze carries the smells of the kitchen directly up the street and to our house. It’s a major effort every night not to order carryout.

This is part of my on-going photography studies of how light plays on familiar places where we live.

Almost every day, or at least every other day, I’ll walk the dogs either from the house or back to the house by way of this alley that runs behind Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. The dogs love it for the smells — there are three Chinese restaurants in this one strip mall.

Photographically, I’m always drawn to the visual texture of the brick walls, the various shades of paint, or lack of, on them, the cracks, as well as the different types of bricks from various add-ons at different times. Whether the sun is hitting the brick walls straight on or the walls are in shadows, they always look different.

As a photographer, this is a series on how to look at the same places and see them in different ways.

At some point, as this series expands over time, I’ll put together a series of photos where they are all of the same place, the same door or bit of wall, to show how it can always look different.

Or perhaps I’m just suffering from short-term memory and can never remember what it looked like before.

These were shot with the Canon 7D with a Tamron 17-50mm lens on automatic. They were then adjusted in Apple’s Aperture.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

One Response to Light Is My Friend: Hollywood Park Alley

  1. Julie Ann says:

    Hi Mike, Love your photos of light~

    I am Julie Ann, Owner of Two Moms Catering~ I am always in the area and last evening 5/13/2012

    I rescued a little dog crossing Fruitridge Rd coming from the direction of alley next to Walgreen , come to find out there was two more dogs that belonged with this one- I am trying to find the owner of these 3 little mini dogs- I am thinking they may belong to an older person/couple?????? I am hoping someone posts signs about them being lost- I have some people who are posting signs saying we found them~

    Anyway Can you please keep your eyes and ears open for someone looking for 3 little lost dogs – as I would like to get them home~ I spent 4 hrs last night roaming the neighborhood looking for any information- and looking to see if anyone was out looking for them?

    Thank You Mike…

    Julie Ann
    Two Moms Catering & Custom Cakes

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