Every so often, I get the urge to take the train from Irvine or Santa Ana into LA. Union Station can be a destination, all by itself, but, on this trip, I wanted to roam the streets of downtown so I invited fellow photographer, Chris Holt, to join me in exploring downtown LA.
If you spend any time following my blog or Facebook posts, you know that, for street photography, I am switching from my Nikons to the Olympus micro four thirds system. For today’s adventure, I carried an Olympus OMD EM5, a 9mm body cap lens, and a Zuiko 17mm, f2.8 lens. The 9mm is fixed at f8, and you will recognize its images by their curvature. It has a field of view of 140 degrees. The crop factor is 2x, so the effective focal lengths are 18mm and 34mm, respectively.
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Usually, my first stop, when walking the street of DTLA, is the Starbucks at the corner of 6th Street and Spring — clean restrooms and great people watching. Chris and I shared a table with a gentleman who was drawing some portraits in his sketchbook. Starbucks is on the ground floor of the Hayward Hotel. The Hayward Hotel was completed in 1906 with major additions in 1916 and 1926.
The Alexandria Hotel is unique in that it has a nearly ground floor to rooftop sign. Prior to the Biltmore, the Alexandria was THE hotel in Los Angeles, hosting many silent movie icons such as Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, as well as Presidents Taft, Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt.