Dispatches: SoCal

Earlier this week, the city of Los Angeles recorded an high temp of 113. Southern California often seems like the Promised Land to many. The Land of Milk and Honey.

Or, high heat, mudslides and earthquakes. Roll the dice.

I’ve visited there many times, always feeling like the East Coast outsider. Or, when I lived in Northern California, the NorCal outsider. And sure, I’ve run across the occasional star while within the city limits. My back was up against Morgan Freeman’s chair while we both had dinner at The Ivy. Saw Lyle Lovett and that little lady from Kindergarten Cop there as well.

Also earlier this week, I was watching one of those reality shows on Bravo and they filmed the Santa Monica pier as part of a bumper. Saw a shot of the Pacific Plunge roller coaster. It’s that one that, whenever you see the pier in movies or TV, they always show. Really cool, lights up different colors. I processed it a little differently.

I like it’s nearby neighbor, Venice Beach, too. It’s just a weird, cool scene. Hemp clothes for sail, people on roller skates, muscle dudes and dudettes. One time, during some down time between shoots at UCLA, Joe and I were working out next to The Incredible Hulk at the Gold’s Gym in Santa Monica. We wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Street musicians and skate boarders abound. It’s a pretty good shooting environment.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2010 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Images here were captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS3 and Nik Software.

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