Friday, April 4, 2008

Los Angeles

How is it possible to know a megalopolis in just a few hours? That is just what I had when I visited Los Angeles in March 2008. For that reason I had to plan a very selective visit.

Although there are subway lines covering part of the city and buses all over the place, it is better to move around the city by car due to the great distances between the sites.

Starting from downtown, my first visit was to Hollywood Boulevard, from where I captured images of the famous sign by the hillside, the most recognizable landmark of Los Angeles.

In Hollywood Boulevard we can find other famous attractions like the Walk of Fame, with names of artists since the beginning of the 20th century, the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where premieres of great productions have taken place and the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards ceremonies take place annually.

Around Hollywood Boulevard we can find a lot of subjects for capturing interesting images.

Below, to the left: an image of the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. To the right: an image of the famous Sunset Boulevard, close to Hollywood.

My second visit was to Santa Monica Beach and its Pier.

The Santa Monica Pier was built in 1908. There we can find an amusement park and the famous Ferris wheel of the Pacific.

The pier is a very pleasant place and present many opportunities for capturing images.

Following the coast, my next visit was to Venice Beach with its curious people and unconventional stores.

In the end, I went back downtown just in time to capture the last rays of sun on the Union Station and the famous building of City Hall, built in 1928, under the light of late afternoon.

Did I get to know Los Angeles? Certainly not. There was, though, enough time to capture great images, like this detail of the roller coaster of Santa Monica Pier.

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