Beautiful Locations in the LA and So Cal area?
Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:31 PM
A couple of friends and I are going to be traveling around the So Cal area this weekend with an Arri 35-III shooting some exteriors for stock tests. We will have around 4000ft to roll hopefully.
I just wondered if anyone knows of any really beautiful places they can recommend to get some awe inspiring shots.
Waterscapes? Mountain ranges? Landscapes? Bridges? Valleys? Anything and everything really.
We're doing this for experience and for educational purposes.
If anyone can let me know any spots on certain roads around the area that would be fantastic.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:05 PM
Another idea -- check the area out using Google Earth and its Street View feature.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:14 PM
If it's on the hazy side, shooting sunset over downtown from east LA is usually worth it. All that haze and smog gives a pretty colorful sunset. Be careful and watch your back though, east LA has some sketchy spots.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:47 PM
Be careful and watch your back though, east LA has some sketchy spots.
Hey! Yer talkin bout my neighborhood!
I think you're talking about the Elysian Park area, right Chris? That's great spot to get those "sunset over downtown LA" shots. It's near Dodger Stadium. Drive around the hills to find a good vantage point. Stay clear of gang activities though (like Chris said).
The LA River near downtown has those iconic bridges. If you want to get out of town a bit some of my favorite landscapes are Death Valley and Anza-Borrega. Stunning desert landscapes that are unique. Drive up (or down) Highway 1 for the seascapes. If you head up 395 from Mojave there are amazing vistas too.
Have fun- I know you will!
Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:06 PM
Hal (native Californian) Smith
Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:33 PM
The LA River near downtown has those iconic bridges.
I pulled focus on a Red Hot Chili Peppers video in the riverbed coincidentally called "Under the Bridge." It's also where they shot the race in the movie "Grease." Other overshot places are Malibu pier, PCH, Zuma, Griffith Park, the Hollywood sign, Randy's Donuts, Pinks, Highway 1, Vaquez Rocks, Silver Lake, Echo Park lake, Dodger Stadium, Morro Bay, Downtown LA, Beverly Hills, Mann's Theater.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:32 AM
Then Pacific Coast Highway from Mulholland to Oxnard.
Or, since the Jacarandas are blooming now, if you want the city, drive into Pasadena, then up and around and onto 2, as someone else said. Take 2 way into the mountains, all the way to Wrightwood.
All of this scenery is standard California aridity-- but nice. If you want lots of trees you have to go farther, but there are some nice forests up 2.
Might be hot this weekend. But clear.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:40 AM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:42 PM
Sounds like fun.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:40 PM
Nice link, thanks!
Yup. See here.
By the way, there's a "Best of Towercam" link on that page that is well worth clicking on. It shows all the stuff you can capture when you have a camera going 24/7.
(I downloaded the photo at magic hour this evening looking north towards the San Gabriels with the 100" Observatory in forground. Beautiful photo, it's now the screen saver on my netbook.)
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:43 PM
If you are filming in LA proper though, you should be aware of the following leaflet _though I believe that you can now call "the boys in blue" ahead of time to give them the heads up, and potentially avoid arrest. Can you imagine explaining to a copper that your shot is indeed of "esthetic" (sic) value, despite its "odd camera angle"?
Edited by Saul Rodgar, 07 May 2009 - 11:47 PM.
Posted 09 May 2009 - 01:52 AM
I just got back from running around on Hollywood Blvd at the Highland Centre with the 35-III at 11pm.
We got some awesome shots of the general hustle and bustle, hand held was interesting.
The shots of the mountains and then the grimey hollywood scene should give our little selection of shots some nice contrast.
We shot on the new 250D today and then shot the 5219 for hollywood. Pushing the 19 a stop should bring out the real grainy and grimey look of the hollywood by night scenes.
Just thought I would let you guys know what we've been doing. Thanks for your help