There is no Saturday column – got sidetracked – received a new camera out of the blue, a gift from another webmaster/photographer. Wow!
This means that what appears at the sister site, Just Above Sunset Photography will get even better. The enthusiast’s camera, the Nikon D70, will now become the back-up camera. The new, fresh-out-of-the-box Nikon D200 – with its bewildering array of professional features – will become the new weapon of choice. If you’re going to capture Hollywood and Venice Beach and the rest of Los Angeles, you do need a good weapon. The images should be sharp, of course.
That bewildering array of professional features was the Saturday problem. Instead of researching and writing an insightful and lively column on the issues of the day, it was hours of trying to figure out what all those new buttons and dials do. All that falls somewhere between having great fun and being a bit intimidated. Hillary and Barack, and John and Mike, will be at it for some time yet – the war in Iraq won’t end soon – all that can wait a day.
And if you are not familiar with the sister site, you should drop by check it out. Here are this week’s portfolios:
Hollywood – Normal Hollywood – the Oscars are done for another year and things on Hollywood Boulevard get back to normal, whatever that is out here –
At Hyperion – the 1991 mural by Annie Sperling, A Mural Dedicated to Peace (“Silver Lake Mi Amor”)
Odd Urban Light – Chris Burden’s “Urban Light,” an installation of 202 vintage Los Angeles streetlamps at the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), Wilshire Boulevard
Geometric Isolation – Renzo Piano’s new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), Wilshire Boulevard
Extreme Victorian – Wadsworth Chapel, J. Lee Burton, 1900 – the oldest and most curious building on Wilshire Boulevard
A color study – Beyond Mondrian
Lest We Forget – Peter Stewart’s amazing National Veterans Mural at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Center
Unit Insignias – from the mural, the best of those vivid insignias
Dark March – the week’s botanicals and a cool duck