Los Angeles drive-by shooting

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Shot from Santa Monica pier

Shot from Santa Monica pier

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. I liked the superposition of the ski helmet and palm tree reflection

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. I liked the superposition of the ski helmet and palm tree reflection

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

There is no such thing as a walkabout in Los Angeles. The city is gigantic and driving around is the norm. It feels like a collection of cities and like a country on its own. I had the chance to spend a weekend with a friend and colleague during a business trip. Another buddy came from the Bay Area to join us. We’ve visited some of the well-known sights of Los Angeles including the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, an enormous cemetery where many big name actors and artists are interred. It feels more like a park like its name indicates than a typical cemetery as there are no tombstones per se. Graves are marked with plaques flush to the ground. This gives the site a very open feel.

We visited the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown Los Angeles and its surroundings. The building designed by Frank Gehry is entirely clad in a metallic skin. We drove by Pasadena to see the Rose Bowl sports venue and walked around the surprisingly small Caltech university campus. We finished the day by walking down the very touristy Santa Monica pier at sunset. We could not go to Los Angeles and avoid going oceanside!

The next day we went to Hollywood’s walk of fame and finally to Rodeo Drive for some good old fashion window shopping. The place is also pretty decent for people and their ride watching.

In the end, it was way too short for me to appreciate the Los Angeles area. There is so much more to see and do and next time, I will try to find paths less traveled.

I inserted a gallery with all the images in chronological order.

Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L lens, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO IS lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1

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