Los Angeles was one of my less researched places on my current trip. Staying in Hollywood I was sure there would be many interesting photographs to take, I was right. The TCL Chinese Theatre wasn’t something I expected to see. It’s a historic movie theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Frame. The sidewalk in front of the building has the celebrity hand and foot prints in concrete. With the hundreds of tourists around this was impossible to photograph in the way I wished too. From the other side of Hollywood Boulevard with my 10mm wide angle lens at dusk and a bit of patience waiting for gaps in the traffic I was able to capture the whole front entrance. This is one of the few dusk / night shots taken handheld. In the evenings the sidewalks are full of tourists and taken on my first day in the States I wasn’t yet comfortable setting up my tripod.
The Hollywood sign isn’t just a landmark of Los Angeles but an American cultural icon. Signs often feature in my travel photographs, but rarely do I capture one as famous as this. Surprisingly, it was very difficult to photograph. Even here, there is part of a palm tree covering the lower part of the H. The main problem is that it is very difficult to get anywhere near it. This image was taken from over two miles away on Franklin Avenue and Canyon Drive. The centre of Hollywood is a few miles west of here. That is slightly closer to the sign but the letters are at an angle, so the letters aren’t as clear.
When visiting a large city for the first time I find it very useful to get my bearings by find high view points. This could be a tall skyscraper or nearby hill or mountain. In the case of Los Angeles the Griffith Observatory gives a good view over this sprawling city. This photograph was taken from the trail in Griffith Park.