Hermano’s Liquor & Market

Continuing my series of images from Grand Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona:

Not all the buildings on Grand Avenue have been turned into galleries or cafes or boutiques.  Some of them have been around for years, and they’re happy just the way they are, thank you very much.  Once such establishment is Hermano’s Liquor & Market.

In the 2005 Phoenix New Times “Best of…” poll, Hermano’s was voted “Best Drive Through Liquor Store If You Lost Big”.  I’ve never been a customer at Hermano’s, but I can imagine the typical clientele that probably frequent this business.  I think they probably come out more at night.

But since it was a beautiful, warm winter day, there was no one parked in front of the store so I got a great set of brackets from across the street, which I processed into this HDR:

Hermano's Liquor & Market
HDR created from three bracketed photos (-2.0/0.0/+2.0) processed in Photomatix v4. Post-processing in Topaz Adjust / DeNoise with Paintshop Photo Pro X3.

On a different note, I *finally* got a wireless remote for my Nikon. I started out with a cable remote which works fine as long as you’re within cable-distance of the camera. But I got tired of getting all tangled up with the cord when trying to get a shot set up on the tripod. The dang thing was not expensive at all and I have no idea why I waited this long to get it. I’m looking forward to using it for this weekend’s planned photoshoot in Tempe.


Phoenix Farmers Market

You can’t tell it from the temperature, but summer is starting to wind down now, and the farmers market season is just getting ready to gear up.  Yep, here in the desert Southwest, the fall and winter are prime growing season.

This morning we went to the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market to pick up some fresh produce and take a few photos.  The market is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Pierce Avenue, near the old Westward Ho hotel.

Westward Ho

Westward Ho Hotel

It’s been a long time since I’ve just taken the camera out for a spin without a tripod or extra lenses.  Today, it was just the kit lens (18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G zoom) with the camera on a strap around my neck.

Part of the market was in full sunlight (at 8:45 in the morning the light is already harsh), but most of the market is shaded under canopies of one sort or another.  So the lighting can be a bit tricky, as I found out after taking  a few photos and then realizing that I needed to bump up the ISO setting.

I loved the colors of the vegetables, especially when they were displayed on a table with a black cover:

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

I’ve uploaded the best of today’s shots to my Flickr page in a set titled “Phoenix Farmers Market“.  I hope you’ll hop on over there and take a look…don’t blame me if they make you hungry!