Southern California Photography by Alan Pavlik, editor and publisher of Just Above Sunset
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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Monday, 19 March 2007
Moving

Moving

Just Above Sunset Photography has moved. Its new home is here - Just Above Sunset Photography - and you might want to change your bookmarks to reflect that.

Many readers have noted that while this site looks fine when using Internet Explorer, when using Netscape or, on a Macintosh, Safari, nothing is aligned and it looks a mess. So from this point forward pages will be built with software the behaves better on all platforms.


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Updated: Monday, 19 March 2007 10:44 AM PDT
Thursday, 4 January 2007
Dark Beach
Topic: Light and Shadow

Dark Beach

Santa Monica, Thursday, January 4 - and who imagined the place could seem a scene of alienation? Below, a street down to the beach, as Edward Hopper might have seen it, had he not been a New Yorker.

Santa Monica - street to the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopper had his famous Nighthawks place. Here's the California equivalent on Ocean Avenue, Chez Jay, right next to the Rand Corporation, the think-tank that plans our wars for us.

Chez Jay, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the pier looks a bit like something from Hopper. But the only famous Hopper in these parts is the actor Dennis Hooper, who lives a few miles south in Venice Beach.

Santa Monica pier, from below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's not all Hopper alienation. It's sometimes just mildly surreal - the bronze surfer with the briefcase at the Lowe's hotel, across from Chez Jay.

Bronze surfer with the briefcase at the Lowe's hotel, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, the kids still play at the beach, in the long winter light at noon.

Kids at play on beach, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But all is not well here, at least on Lincoln Boulevard.

GI manikin at Supply Sergeant, Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica

 


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Wednesday, 3 January 2007
Organic Geometry
Topic: Botanical Studies

Organic Geometry

The don't call it the fan palm for nothing.

Fan palm frond


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Tuesday, 2 January 2007
A Quiet Afternoon on Sunset
Topic: Color Studies

A Quiet Afternoon on Sunset

The new year begins. Color studies - Sunset Boulevard, Guitar Row - halfway between CNN, where Larry King is taping his evening show, and the clubs on the Strip, setting up for the evening rush. This is Tuesday, January 2 - mid-afternoon.

Brick Man - Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange door - Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchids at Thai Restaurant - Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Grill - Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Guitar Center -

James Brown memorial  - Guitar Center, Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, the Gibson Girl is always there -

Manikin at guitar shop, Sunset Boulevard


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Sunday, 31 December 2006
Happy New Year and All That
Topic: Botanical Studies

Happy New Year and All That

Light posting, if at all - New Years Eve - got to get out of Hollywood. On the other hand, the new issue of Just Above Sunset is now online, with new material, and ten pages of photographs, from the Catskills to Santa Monica. Take a look.

And here's a winter rose, previously unpublished, in the neighborhood - just for the New Year.

Rose, close-up


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