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Saturday, August 30, 2014

View from the Jetty: Pacific Palisades

image credit: Katie O'Neill

I recently came across this outstanding image: "View from the Jetty" by Los Angeles based artist Katie O'Neill. I love how she captured the bluffs and coast at sunset. This is looking north in the Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles, located in between Santa Monica and Malibu. Seemed most appropriate for this last weekend of summer.

Here's a link to her website, with additional images and more information.

Happy Labor Day.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Aerial photography of Los Angeles

photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography
This past week via the Facebook group "Photos of Los Angeles" I discovered the amazing work of Los Angeles based photographer Andy Cisneros. Featured this week are some of his aerial photography.

This is Wilshire Blvd and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, looking east towards Los Angeles. As noted previously on this blog, I've walked up Wishire (as well as Santa Monica Blvd and Pico Blvd) but never seen it from this perspective.

photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography

The Hollywood sign at sunset.
photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography
The US Bank Building in downtown Los Angeles. This is the tallest building in the Western United States. Great perspective.

photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography

Capital Records building in Hollywood. Hollywood is approximately seven miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and is technically a community within the city of Los Angeles.

photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography

Back in downtown Los Angeles. The building in the lower right is City Hall, featured in countless movies and TV shows.

photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography

Closeup of the US Bank Building.

photo © Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography

A final view back in Santa Monica, at the Santa Monica Pier.

"When people ask what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes." Andy Cisneros

Great quote. Although it helps to have a professional camera (rather than my iPhone 4s) and to be able to hitch a ride on a helicopter.

All photographs ©Andy Cisneros, Andy.C Photography. Check out his facebook page if you'd like to see more.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Experiencing L.A. at Rae's Movie Shoot, Santa Monica

An army of large vans.

Keg lights.

A couple of dozen people standing around.

Welcome to a Los Angeles movie shoot; just another day experiencing Los Angeles.

Back in 2010, our last summer living in Los Angeles, I was driving up Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica - and came across a movie shoot at Rae's in Santa Monica. If I had time, I would have stopped. In this case, I was on my way to an appointment: only had time to slow down a bit and click off a few photos.

Rae's is a classic "time machine" '50's style diner. I've eaten there before. The food is good, the atmosphere is great. Here's another view on a walk up Santa Monica Blvd that same summer.

Rae's has been in countless movies, TV shows, commercials and videos.

One of the results of living, or in my case, having lived, in Los Angeles is seeing familar places on the big or small screen. Here's some links to previous posts on this blog when I across the filming for It's Complicated,  Drillbit Taylor and Dinner for Smucks. No, I haven't seen any of these films, so I really can't comment on them.

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In the case of Rae's, I immediately recognized the interior while watching the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown, a biographical drama film focusing on the 1970's Santa Monica/Venice Zephyr skateboarding crew.

As an aside, during that same era (and just a few miles away), someone passed along Gordon & Smith's Skateboard Tale and/or Something More. Loved the style, vibe and (eventually) the message of this little comic book style religious tract. One of those many things God used as a stepping stone in my own conversion experience. Here's a link to a previous blog post if you want to read the whole thing.

Diners of the 1950's, skateboarding in the 1970's, movie shoots in the 21st Century ... and driving on. Just another sunny day experiencing Los Angeles. 

© 2014


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sunrise Over Los Angeles, Temescal Ridge Trail

I consider the Temescal Ridge Trail one of the very best hikes in Los Angeles. This photo was taken back on an early Saturday morning back in April 2007, just a few minutes before sunrise.

Completely hidden in a thick blanket of fog, Temescal Canyon - as well as the surrounding ridges - are all within the city limits of Los Angeles. Here's a link with additional photographs and information.

This photograph remains one of my very favorite from our five years living in Los Angeles.

All part of the Creator's handiwork; all part of experiencing Los Angeles.

.יְהוָה--בֹּקֶר, תִּשְׁמַע קוֹלִי;    בֹּקֶר אֶעֱרָךְ-לְךָ, וַאֲצַפֶּה

"In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3

© 2014