Posts tagged “Los Angeles

Goodnight, Los Angeles

Last two shots of LA, both taken from Griffith Observatory.

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More Scenes of L.A.

A few more shots from Los Angeles. First, a liquor store at Grand Central Market.

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I would not have thought I’d see one of the coolest bookstores ever in Los Angeles. But The Last Bookstore downtown is just that. Besides having a great selection, they’ve taken to using old books as part of the decor, especially on the labyrinthine mezzanine level.

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This plaza was to mark the center of Los Angeles at the time of its founding by the Spanish in the late eighteenth century.

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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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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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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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