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To (not Live and) Die in L.A.

(with my apologies to Wang Chung)

In my brief trip to Los Angeles, I did manage to find time to visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. I’d visited with my old friends long ago back in the stock photo days of slide film.

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27feb2003014_15Do those photos look dated or what?! That’s what plain old slide film taken in the middle of the day looked like back in the 1990’s.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Well this time I brought my digital camera. First thing I noticed that there was some sort of filming going on in front of the mosoleum. They would take and retake a scene with an old Rolls Royce hearse pulling up along side a beautiful actress and handsome man. There was some sort of signage marking the 74th anniversary of Valentino- some actor I’d never heard of ….

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

My main goal at the cemetery was to try and do some slightly different shots- of an aerial sort.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Where possible I tried to get something interesting in the foreground.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

But I had limited time. Like so many of these excursions, I hope to return and finish what I started sometime soon.

Balboa Constrictor

Punny title, eh?

Balboa Park, San Diego

So I had an event gig recently down in San Diego. That also opened up an opportunity to shoot a little stock.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park was on my list- I’d been there before on a family trip (where I was forced to promise not to make the trip into a photo trip.)

Balboa Park, San Diego

So this time I went full force ahead. I employed all my tricks: the stick, long daylight exposures and the shift lens.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa park is littered with ornate buildings left over from a World’s Fair a century or so ago.

Balboa Park, San Diego

The plazas and pedestrian passages seemed particularly photogenic – especially with the aerial views.

Balboa Park, San Diego

 

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego