Archive for January, 2015

Of Smog & Sky

Three shots from around downtown Los Angeles.

 

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The guy walking in the above shot yelled at me about taking his picture, so I had to put him in.

 

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Room 2

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Some days it is just nice to know where you are.

 


Into the Sticks

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Rural Spook House
1914 attic BLOGProps to Gerald for tagging this spot 100 years before my arrival.

His ghost now haunts the attic, and this was the only graffiti on the entire property.


L.A. Looming

Downtown Los Angeles plays Garfunkel to Hollywood’s Simon. Taken from Mullholland Drive.

 

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Los Angeles Sunset

I had heard that the Griffith Observatory, which sits on the same mountainside as the iconic Hollywood sign, is a great place to view the city, especially at sunset. Turns out, that is hardly a hipster secret; the serpentine road leading up the hill was jammed with parked cars, as the observatory’s small parking lot had long since filled up.  The Griffith is a large facility, with many terraces overlooking the city, so that even with hundreds of people milling about, I could find a place to set up a tripod without much trouble.
On the whole, I will call this shoot a learning experience. There are a lot of factors involved in getting a good sunset shot, and I was trying to figure them out on the fly. After over an hour of shooting, I came away with precious little photographically that would stack up to the live experience. The pano-cropped shot below seems to be my best effort. It was taken probably 10-15 minutes after the sun had dipped below the horizon.

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From a Passing Train

I’ve begun posting shots from my trip to LA, but I will back up a bit here. We took the Amtrak (that’s the passenger rail service here in the states, for those unfamiliar) out to the coast, a 48 hour trip from Chicago to Los Angeles’ Union Station. I took a few photos from the train, though I packed the wrong lens on my carry-on and was stuck with my wide angle the whole trip. Here’s what I managed to get.

Sunrise, Kansas.
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A mountain in New Mexico

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New Mexico village, late afternoon
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Down Broadway

A shot from downtown LA. In this photo I tried to channel a bit of the style of Meho, who is a photographer you should check out.

 

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Malibu Pier

I’ve returned from a week in LA with a few shots to share. It wasn’t explicitly a photo trip, but I got some pictures which I think don’t suck. On the first day, we rode up the Pacific Coast Highway, which I think may have to be a destination in itself one day. Shot this from the beach while fog (or, as it’s referred to here, the marine layer) was rolling in.

 

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Riverdale Remnants

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“At this time I would like to ask you to please pass by the deceased to pay your last respects
and exit through the gap in the fence to your vehicle.”


Shadows and Rust

Wandering out a door into the wilderness I find myself confronted with a wall of rust and the shadows of trees dancing across the face of it.

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