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Future Odalisque Café at Art Works Downtown

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Finally, looks like almost all the building permits are in and construction of Odalisque Café is about to get underway. This is how it looked when the Chinese restaurant that had been there for years, left and the space was gutted to the bare brick walls. I’ve always loved this picture, so untypical of my work.

Look for the opening of Odalisque Café, in the Art Works Downtown building on Fourth Street, San Rafael early in 2011. It will be a wonderful addition to the arts community and to all of Marin. More info on the Odalisque Café website.

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September 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael

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Last Saturday afternoon I had a great time checking out the street painters in downtown San Rafael just off Fourth Street, only two blocks from the art center where I have my studio.
This year’s festival theme was “Bella Terra” and was the 17th annual Italian Street Painting Festival. It is a fund raising event for Youth in Arts, an organization which, among other things, funds extra art teachers and art experiences in the schools here in Marin County.

I had my trusty Panasonic LX3 with me, it was late in the afternoon and the shadows were long. So at times I had fun playing with the long shadows in my images. Here are some of the photos, including one of a street painting being done by Erin Castelan for the main sponsor of the event, Youth In Arts.

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June 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Panasonic LX3 – a great pocket or purse camera

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In recent years I’ve experienced a great deal of frustration finding a camera small enough to carry all the time without having to make too many  compromises. Finally I think I found one I can live with.

The Panasonic’s LX3 has a lot going for it. Small. Light. RAW option. Image stabilized lens. It’s fabulous in low light situations. Downside is that it’s white balance at times leaves much to be desired. So far, I’ve only been shooting JPG files, so I don’t know if some of the strange color casts would be less and correctable with a RAW file converter.


Sunday I took the LX3 to Marin Farmers Market to give it a spin. Here are some of the results. The automatic white balance does tend toward magenta casts at times as is evident with the peach tasting bar. In the grape shot it is hard to know how much is the camera’s tendencies and how much is the glow of the umbrella above.ABrooks_090906_041ABrooks_090906_020


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September 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Panasonic LX3-a great pocket/purse camera #2

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I’ve found Panasonic’s LX3 to be very good in low light situations, something that was all but impossible with my Canon G9 and G7 before it. My dSLR Canon 40D would have done it beautifully, but it’s a lot of bulk and weight to carry to a social affair.

ABrooks_090904_001Late last week I used the LX3 at an early evening art show opening at San Rafael’s Falkirk Cultural Center — “Realm of Dreams” a collaboration between Barbara Andano-Stevenson and Phyllis Thelen, Terry Garthwaite singing.

I was quite pleased with the LX3 results. The photo to the left is straight from the camera, no post-processing whatsoever.

Some photos taken at 1600 ISO had more digital noise than I would have liked, but on the whole they do the job.

And it did beautifully with the Falkirk building at twilight.




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September 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm

“Picturing the Recession” in and in Marin County

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The New York Times online asked readers from around the world to send photos showing how the recession was playing out in our communities. In the San Francisco Bay Area’s Marin County, one of the country’s wealthiest, we are not immune. It’s been sad seeing small stores close along San Rafael’s Fourth Street. Here are images I found yesterday, on on main street, one on automobile row. On a personal note, as a long-time Prius driver, I certainly wasn’t sad to see the Hummer dealership close, and I don’t think any of us need expensive boutique clothes in these hard times.


Leaves blow into the empty showroom where one of the country’s top Hummer dealerships is out of business in San Francisco Bay Area’s Marin County, one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.


Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties but is not immune to the rescission, with many small stores struggling or going out of business on San Rafael’s main street.

You can find both images and many more from around the world posted in the Ecomomy section, one in the Business pile, the other in the Transportation pile.

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April 3, 2009 at 10:24 am