The Holidays Bring Clear Blue Skies to Los Angeles

One of the best things for a photographer in Los Angeles during the Holidays is the incredibly clear blue skies that the reduced traffic brings.  When coupled with a windy day to blow out whatever smog might remain, the photos you may capture can be quite startling when compared with summer days with smog alerts. So for now, let’s simply focus on the good times!

The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign

After heading out for meetings on Thursday, December 27, and driving approximately 10 miles, I realized how incredibly clear it was. After first thinking, “The weekend is approaching, there will be more days ahead to take photos” and, “I need to get to my meetings” something inside me said, “No, go back and get the cameras!” It turned out to be a good decision because on Friday it clouded over, then it rained throughout the weekend.

My route took me to Mulholland Drive, where there is a great overlook above the Hollywood Bowl. From this overlook, the view that most visitors get of the Hollywood Sign is above. The Griffith Park Observatory is on a nearby hillside.

Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory

Not only was downtown Los Angeles visible to the east, but the mountain to the left in the photo below is San Jacinto Peak, near Palm Springs, approximately 90 miles away! That’s Hollywood in the foreground below, with the Capitol Records building, designed to look like a stack of records. For my younger readers, records are what your parents played to listen to music!

The Los Angeles Skyline on a Clear Winter Day
Los Angeles Skyline

Looking south offers a view of the Fairfax District, with The Grove and CBS Television City visible on the right side of the photo below.

The Fairfax Disctrict as Seen From Mulholland Drive
The Fairfax Disctrict

And on a clear day, Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean to the west.  This was a clear day!

Santa Monica Bay as Seen From Mulholland Drive
Santa Monica Bay

After my meetings were done, it was a little after 3pm, still enough daylight to make a quick trip for some “Hollywood Neighborhood” shots below the Hollywood Sign.  Yes, there are people who wake to this view every day!

The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign

And then of course … the “money shot!”

The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign

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This was my final photo shoot of 2012, a year that began in the snow-covered Rocky Mountains of Colorado, later scorched by a devastating wildfire and ending with my return to Los Angeles. I’ll be filling in some of the gaps in the year with future blog posts, while also adding new shoots in 2013.

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