Scene:

interior

6:45 p.m. 19 August 2014

white chucks and bright melon nikes

these two gals appeared to know each other

how much can you really tell about someone by the shoes you see them wearing at a singular meeting in time?

two friends, such seemingly diverse shoe choices, how long can this friendship possibly last?

these are the sorts of questions I find myself pondering on my photography adventures

photographed inside the belly of the beast that is the subway station for L.A.’s Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood and Highland the area of the city of Los Angeles aka Hollywood, which Hollywood is technically not its own city (West Hollywood is) but as mentioned is an area of L.A.

Los Angeles, CA

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/60th
  4. Focal Length: 20mm

Scene:

exterior

7:50 p.m. 19 August 2014

On Bruce Willis’ 59th and a 1/2 birthday he got to meet me.

Okay, so I shook his hand and was thrilled to have been close enough to him to get this photo of him smiling.

I have been a fan since the Moonlighting pilot, March 3, 1985. I even loved Hudson Hawk.

I just watched him last night on Letterman. I’m not a fan of Letterman so much, but I watched. ‘Cuz it’s Bruce.

The coolest part: when I woke up this morning I had no idea this would happen today. Most would maybe think it to be very nerdy to be so thrilled to have shook Bruce’s hand and photographed him.

Anyway, It just sort of occurred to me to go to Hollywood today. When I got there it looked like there was a long line for Kimmel. I was wondering what was going on, only to notice that a movie premiere at Gruman’s must be underway.

The movie premier was for the new Sin City movie. Of all the celebs in the movie, only Bruce crossed the street to greet all the fans (and gawkers).

There are very few celebs I would feel this thrilled to have met. Bruce is one. So…pretty elated.

Apparently, the place where dreams can come true for me and for you.

Hollywood, California

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/60th
  4. Focal Length: 20mm

Scene:

exterior

5:50 p.m. 17 August 2014

Inn-n-Out was the excuse

Seeing what sort of photos I could get of the landing jets was the real reason

First you hear the jet approach

Then you aim the camera to be in the ready position

As the plane enters the camera frame you get ready to push the magic button that will capture the jet as if it were standing still and posing just for you

Then you feel the elation of the image you’ve just photographed as the air around you moves with the entrance and exit of the jet as it moves to the landing strip

Then the aroma assaults your nostrils. Jet fuel exhaust. The only minus.

Maybe a good idea to take my Inn-n-out and eat it somewhere else. You know, minus the jet fuel exhaust.

Yes, I’ll have a single cheese burger with a side of fuel exhaust. Of course, some opt for that. No judgment. Simply not my choice.

Anyway, great spot for jet photo op.

between the Inn-n-Out on Sepulveda in Westchester and LAX.

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

5:50 p.m. 17 August 2014

proof lots of folks been enjoying the Inn-n-out

and being good enough to not litter the park

between the park and a hard place

just kidding!

between the park and the Inn-n-Out

LAX and Westchester

California

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

5:40 p.m. 17 August 2014

if you look closely you can see the iconic

LAX

letters in this photo

great spot in L.A. to watch the big jets landing at LAX

best address to Google (R) if you are looking to do some jet landing watching of your own is the Inn-n-out Burger, 9149 S Sepulveda, 90045

Los Angeles, CA

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/640th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

5:38 p.m.

almost looks like they are saluting something

the same grassy, tree-laden patch of land I mentioned in my last photo that straddles the line of Westchester and LAX is a great spot to do peep some big jets landing

for this photo: on the city of angels side of the line

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/640th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

5:34 p.m. 17 August 2014

There’s a place just north of LAX

It’s Westchester.

Literally.

Across the many-laned street south of this sign is LAX, Los Angeles International Airport.

Just north of this sign, which is located on a spacious triangle of tree-laden, grassy park like area, is a greater Los Angeles phenomenon known as Inn-n-Out Burger.

I didn’t get it at first. The phenomenon that is Inn-n-Out Burger that has people waiting in long-ass lines in their cars (at pretty much all hours) to get one of their burgers. Personally, I am anti-waiting-in-line. It has to be pretty special for me to wait in line. I kind of get it now.

That’s all I’m going to say about that.

straddling the line with Westchester on one side and the city of Los Angeles on the other.

Cali

fornia

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/200th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

9:46 p.m. 14 August 2014

not every photo for me is more of an art opportunity

some are simply as a sort of “I would like to remember this” kind of thing

I hadn’t been this far down Broadway in a while and the spotting of an Umami Burger in this location was a pleasant surprise.

Click. Let me remember this.

Only to note that there was the added bonus of the reflection from one of my most beloved buildings downtown L.A., the Eastern Clock Building.

Happy, happy accident.

Happy, happy photographer

Ninth and Broadway

downtown Los Angeles

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/10th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

9:26 p.m. 14 August 2014

Pershing Square Fountain

downtown Los Angeles

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/6th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

Scene:

exterior

9:23 p.m. 14 August 2014

It’s a mah-vellous night, dah-ling

for a concert in the park

Pershing Square

downtown Los Angeles

  1. Camera: SONY NEX-5R
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/4th
  4. Focal Length: 18mm