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Archive for May 2010

Welcome To Detroit

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Welcome To Detroit

View from Jefferson Avenue


Russell Industrial Center

Russell Industrial Center


Compuware Interior 2

Compuware Building lobby

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May 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Scenes from my lens to your face

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View From Lafayette Coney Island

Lafayette Coney Island, 2003

Nine Mile and Woodward

Ferndale, MI, 2002

Michigan Central Depot

Michigan Central Depot Train Station, 2002

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May 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Fun music you’ve never heard of

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Johnossi – Man Must Dance

I came across this song in a SXSW compilation and I really enjoy listening to it. It’s the kind of song you can have playing in the background and be bobbing your head and tapping your feet without even realizing it.

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May 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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Naked Statue in Royal Oak

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Naked Statue in Royal Oak

Originally uploaded by becklotheamazing

Downtown Royal Oak, Michigan

This was a fun photograph to play around with in Photoshop. I converted it to grayscale and adjusted the contrast to add more texture. I layered this on top of a color copy of the same photo and gently erased the sky with a low opacity eraser to let hints of blue shine through. I finished it off with a slight vignette for a real dramatic feel.

I think the end result makes it look like the cover of an Ayn Rand novel.

Written by becklo

May 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Root beer runs right through me

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I’m sitting in an A&W parking lot with a tray carrying crumpled wrappers and a half-drunk glass mug of root beer hanging off my window. I’m listening to the Foo Fighters patched through from my laptop to the car stereo. There’s a carhop who looks strikingly like a young Darren McCarty and he’s very polite to every customer. I think I’m the only one who notices.

It’s hot and sunny outside but I’m sitting under the awning in the shade. A gentle breeze is trying to make its way into my car but all it manages to do is fling unused ketchup packets around the tray. It’s supposed to storm later on today. I hope I can avoid the bulk of that. This car doesn’t do so well in the rain.

The disadvantage to having my window open is having to listen to the loudmouth in the van next to me. He’s on his cell phone with someone he works with but to listen to him, you’d think the guy is 500 feet away, not on the other end of a telephone call. They’re going to shrink someone’s fireplace. Sounds like something Harry Potter would do.

But I do like to sit here and think about how my grandparents would come here when my mom was little. 40, maybe 50 years ago, my grandfather was in this exact same spot. Listening to the radio and smoking his cigarettes. Now we listen to MP3s and know that tobacco is evil.

I wish this place had a public restroom.

Written by becklo

May 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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