Interested in photography? Interested in exploring Southern California on foot? Then the So Cal Photo Walkers Meetup is for you.
No formal classes, but always happy to help others learn to take better pictures. If you have questions, just ask.:-)
Last Summer, I lead one of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walks. It was fun, and I had several requests to do it on a regular basis. Well the Kelby walks are only one a year, so I started a Meetup Group. So far, we've had three photo walks, with another half-dozen on the schedule, and many more floating around in my head. The group is free to join. There is no experience requirement, and all types of cameras are welcome. There are no fees for the events, unless there is an admissions fee to a venue.
Yesterday, I took the train from Irvine to LA's Union Station. A couple of others also traveled by train, and some met us in LA. It was a very overcast day, with rare glimpses of the sun. Sometimes, I enjoy the diffused light -- not every picture has to have bright light and blue sky.
While we had no specific destinations in mind, this was the general plan:
"I will arrive at Union Station shortly after 10AM and shoot in the area until the those coming in at 11AM arrive. About 11:15 we will leave the Info Kiosk, near the main entrance and make our way across the street to Olivera Street. From there, we will head down Main Street (south), toward City Hall. At 1st Street, we will turn right (west), past Parker Center toward the Disney Concert Hall )1st & Grand). We may take a lunch/snack break in the small plaza across Hope Street (Hope and 1st) -- think Subway, coffee shop, etc., or bring some snacks.
"From the Disney, we'll head south, toward Angel's Flight (Between Hope and Hill and 3rd & 4th Streets). We have several options, south of Angel's Flight, including the Jewelry and Fashion Districts.
"I doubt that we will go past Olympic Blvd. The Orpheum Theater is on Broadway, near 9th St. From this area, we will head back north, to Pershing Square and hop on the Metro for the short ride back to Union Station. We will probably be at Pershing Square about 3-3:15, and get back to Union Station for a little more shooting, and 4PM trains."
Here are a few of the images that I captured.
Old Ticket Windows - Union Station LA
After leaving Union Station, our first stop (directly across the street) was Olvera Street. Olvera Street is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.
Shirt Depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe
Young Boy in Typical Costume
From Olvera Street, we walked south to City Hall and went up to the 27th floor, for a panoramic view of the city.
View of Disney Concert Hall (center) from City Hall
The next few images, of the Disney Concert Hall where captured in infrared with a converted Nikon D100.
Inside the Bradbury Building
Bradbury Building Mail Drop
Norman Lining Up a Shot from Inside Angles Flight
Julie, Norman, John, Sabah (in the back), & Trudi