Most of my ‘street’ photography is presented in black & white. In fact, most street photography, worldwide, seems to be in B&W. Today, I want to show DTLA in color. These images are not what most people would consider street photography, following the strict definition of candid shots of people — and in B&W. Well, I’ve never actually subscribed to that definition, so, for this post, we are going to be sans people, and in color:) — however, all photos we taken from a street!!
If you spend any time on my blog, you probably know that I do most of my street shooting with an Olympus micro four-thirds camera. I do that for several reasons, primarily the size/weight. However, these photos were made with my Nikon D700 DSLR. Even though it is about six years old, it is one of my favorite cameras. For these images, the D700 was coupled with a Nikon 24-120mm zoom lens. This lens is sometimes disregarded as being too slow. While it is true that the aperture is variable, from f3.5 to f5.6, much of my daylight street work is shot at f5.6 or smaller, normally in the f8 – f11 range. For these images, the camera was set to ISO 200, f5.6, and shutter speeds in the 1/1000 – 1/2000 range. I will admit that these images are ‘oversaturated’. Some days, I just like to do that, in post-processing. If you didn’t pay me, don’t write to tell me that. I don’t care. 🙂
Coming out of Union Station, and crossing to Olvera Street, you see Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles Catholic Church, just off the plaza. Founded in 1784 as part of the San Gabriel Mission, the current church was built in the early 1800s, and for years, it was the only Roman Catholic church in Los Angeles.
Walking down Main Street in DTLA, I saw this FedEx truck. I don’t know why, but it attracted my eye. My grandsons like trucks, so maybe I inherited it from them. 🙂
After passing City Hall, immediately to the south you come to the Los Angeles Police Department’s new (2009) Administrative Building.
From LAPD’s headquarters, I turned west, up the hill to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This stainless steel skin building was opened in 2003, it is, perhaps, the most dramatic building in DTLA, and is a building that I never get tired of photographing.
Going south, down Olive St., I took the Angel’s Flight — a narrow gauge funicular railway with a varied history of being moved from one location to another, and then suspending and reopening operation, several times. Operation was suspended, again, in September 2013.
Again, to the south, I came upon the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Originally opening in 1923, as the Los Angeles Biltmore, it was the largest hotel west of Chicago, and the queen of DTLA. In its early years, the Biltmore hosted the Academy Awards, including the 50th Anniversary ceremony MCed by Bob Hope. John Kennedy gave his acceptance speech, in 1960, as the Democratic party’s presidential candidate.
Across the street from the Biltmore, is Pershing Square Park. From here, it is a quick Metro (subway) ride from DTLA back to Union Station.