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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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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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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -


Tuesday, 12 September 2006
The Other Primary Colors
Topic: Color Studies
The Other Primary Colors
Three color studies - orange, green, yellow - noontime full light, Tuesday, September 12 - the first (Orange), Cosmo and Selma, central Hollywood; the second (green), just around the corner on Cahuenga; the third (yellow), Concept Art on Selma, at the corner of Wilcox (the intersection where Paris Hilton was arrested for DUI the previous Thursday night).

Orange wall, Cosmo and Selma, central Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green wall, Cahuenga Boulevard, central Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Concept' on Selma, at the corner of Wilcox, central Hollywood


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Updated: Tuesday, 12 September 2006 6:51 PM PDT
Monday, 11 September 2006
American Glory
Topic: Geometric Shapes
American Glory
Metal work - the shape of America in its glory days - a classic Cadillac fin, and the fender of the 1949 Buick Super Sport Convertible Eight - side by side on the lot at Frank Corrente Classic Cars on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Actually, it's Frank Corrente's Cadillac Corner at 7614 Sunset - as featured in a Sports Illustrated video ("Watch Swimsuit Model Yesica Toscanini in her photo shoot at Frank Corrente's Cadillac Corner!"). The fin is a 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville with the original "Woodrose" exterior, and inside, the original rose "Coronado" cloth with rose metallic leather trim. Wow. But it's been sold, so you can't have it. The Buick is still available.

Six new photos of the Buick were added to the parent site, Just Above Sunset, Monday, September 11 - they rolled it out front and put the top down. That new page is here.

1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville with the original 'Woodrose' exterior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front fender of the 1949 Buick Super Sport Convertible Eight


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Sunday, 10 September 2006
Up on the roof...
Topic: Landmarks
Up on the roof…
Around six-thirty in the evening, Sunday, September 10, 2006 - Sunset on Sunset - the Directors Guild of America building with the La Brea apartments in the flats below, the corner of Sunset and Laurel with the Laugh Factory and all, and looking the other way, the view out across Hollywood at Griffith Park Observatory - shot from the roof here -

The Directors Guild of America building with the La Brea apartments in the flats below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The corner of Sunset and Laurel with the Laugh Factory and all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking out across Hollywood at Griffith Park Observatory…


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Friday, 8 September 2006
Heavenly Pond
Topic: Color Studies
Heavenly Pond
Everyone thinks of Los Angeles as urban, particularly the triangle of Hollywood with its tacky glitz, Beverly Hills with its thirty-million-dollar mansions, and the endless wide streets lined with strip malls in the flats below. But at the north edge of it all are the Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains. In the hills are deep, odd, secluded valleys. Turn north off Sunset Boulevard at Rexford, and go uphill only a few blocks. Turn left at Coldwater Canyon Park. Within a few hundred feet you'll be in Franklin Canyon, a thousand or more acres of wild scrub and live oak trees. It's totally silent. You're in the middle of Beverly Hills - not far from four major film studios, not far from the most expensive homes in the world piled on top of each other choking the hills, and not that far from Hollywood with all the tourists and souvenir shops just a few miles east. You're at Franklin Canyon Park, with its small lake, just sitting there quietly.

Heavenly Pond is a small duck pond located just west of the lake. That's what you see here. There's more information below the photographs. 

Duck on Heavenly Pond, Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Pond, Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of Franklin Canyon was owned by the Doheny family until 1977 - now it is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The information on its current configuration and facilities is here. It was saved from development in the seventies. Activists convinced the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the National Park Service that it shouldn't be subdivided into homes for the very rich.

It was Los Angeles Department of Water and Power land, really. In 1914, William Mulholland, the man who developed the complex water systems for the DWP (see Chinatown), began construction of the reservoirs in Franklin Canyon to provide the main water service for downtown and West Los Angeles. The Upper Reservoir, the lake, was intended only to provide stability to the main facility and electric generating plant at the lower reservoir. By 1916, both reservoirs were in operation. After the 1971 Sylmar earthquake the strength of the reservoir system was questioned, and studies were done to asses the danger. They decided to take both the upper and lower reservoirs out of service and build a single, more modern and stable reservoir facility a quarter mile north of what was then the lower reservoir. The new rubber-covered facility is the Franklin 2 reservoir - in operational since 1982. It's ugly. The rest is now a park.

There's a good history here, although it concentrates on the more than thirty episodes of the 1962-1967 television show Combat! that were filmed here - no palm trees, so it looked like Europe in the forties, or close enough. You also may have seen the lake in into opening titles for the old Andy Griffin Show - Opie and Andy walking to the fishing hole. This stuff goes way back. In the 1930s the movie industry made arrangements with DWP to use the area for filming. It was an ideal site, close to the studios but far from any urban development, and completely off-limits to the public. Claudette Colbert's famous hitch-hiking scene in "It Happened One Night" was filmed here in 1935. The site is still being used, almost daily, by the film and television industry, although much of that is done far from the public areas. And a curiosity - the album covers for the Rolling Stones' album "Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" were both shot here.

A few photos of the place were posted earlier here (July 13, 2003) and here (December 28, 2003).


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Thursday, 7 September 2006
High on Sunset
Topic: Oddities
High on Sunset
At a head shop on Sunset Boulevard, on Guitar Row, next to Mesa/Boogie (the "Home of Tone"), Thursday, September 7, the afternoon before the full moon was to rise - neon, sunshine, reflections - the sixties lives on…

Window of a head shop on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Window of a head shop on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madness above…

Wall above Mesa Boogie's Hollywood store, Sunset at Gardner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this was parked just down the street, or maybe it wasn't -

Planters Peanuts promotional truck parked on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Thursday, September 7, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't worry, an angel watches over it all (Project Angel Food - 7574 Sunset Boulevard).

 Project Angel Food, 7574 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood


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