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Sunday, April 22, 2007 - The Dead Pool

No, not the film, The Dead Pool - the 1988 fifth and last film in the Dirty Harry series (based on this sort of thing) - it's just the pool here on Laurel Avenue on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Hollywood had been socked in since before dawn - thick stuff off the Pacific.  There were a few brief moments of broken sun around noon here and there, but then another bank of darkness rolled in, providing that Raymond Chandler film noir effect, like just about every scene in The Big Sleep.  One imagines Philip Marlowe, one street over, driving his Ford sedan up to Eddie Mars' gambling joint at the top of Laurel Canyon - Vivian Sternwood Rutledge is singing up there tonight, and that would be Lauren Bacall of course.

No, just an empty courtyard here, and some interesting compositions - lounge chairs and alyssum.

Hollywood pool, rainy Sunday
Hollywood pool, rainy Sunday
Hollywood pool, rainy Sunday
Hollywood pool, rainy Sunday
Hollywood pool, rainy Sunday
Hollywood pool, rainy Sunday

Alternatively, think of these shots as reverse David Hockey

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

[The Dead Pool]

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