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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

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

Friday, 13 October 2006
Dark Hollywood
Topic: Color Studies
Dark Hollywood

Humphrey Bogart, as Rick in Casablanca at Iguana Vintage Clothing, Hollywood and VineYour mood effects what you see. Friday the 13th in Hollywood opened with low clouds that broke up late morning in the damp light breeze off the Pacific, pushing in from the other end of Sunset Boulevard, ten miles west, where Sunset ends at Pacific Coast Highway at the south end of Malibu. Then the big billowy cumulus built up, sliding over toward the mountains between us and the Mojave Desert, where they sat, getting darker. Then the sky got darker here, with the low, hairy leading-edge black scudding things drifting in, and it started to smell like rain, somewhere. The first rain of the fall is on the way - seventy percent chance, or so they say. This may be the first rain in six months - but no one checks the records. Did it rain last spring sometime? No one remembers. Rain is not what happens in Southern California, except in the thirties film noir things, or on old radio episodes of Dragnet from the early fifties. But it's back.

Friday the 13th on Hollywood Boulevard, passing through while running a few errands, the place was looking very noir, or very Friday the 13th - everything passing out of light and shadow.

At Hollywood and Vine, at Iguana Vintage Clothing, Humphrey Bogart, as Rick in Casablanca, was still looking down on the street - standing behind the glass and poison green neon, holding one of the cigarettes that killed him. He's been there for years, cynical, seeing nothing.

He's looking down on a very red wall these days, and at Bloodshot. And below him to the right is a black wall that seems to tell a story - but the story is obscure, the meanings hidden. Very noir.


Bloodshot, Hollywood Bouelvard
















Black wall, Hollywood Bouelvard

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Updated: Friday, 13 October 2006 7:35 PM PDT
Thursday, 12 October 2006
Topic: Color Studies
Two color studies - the Santa Monica pier, Wednesday, October 11, 2006 -

The geometry of green -

Green wall, Santa Monica pier




















Red - and it doesn't scare the kids. They ride it.

Red children's ride, Santa Monica pier

Posted by Alan at 5:43 PM PDT | Post Comment | Permalink

Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2006 5:46 PM PDT
Wednesday, 11 October 2006
Hollywood Halloween - Costumes and Wigs
Topic: Oddities
Hollywood Halloween - Costumes and Wigs
Halloween is coming up soon. In Hollywood this is kind of an adult thing. Note the array of costumes and wigs for sale on Hollywood Boulevard this year.

Manikin in costume shop, Hollywood Boulevard, Halloween, 2006




















Wig for sale in costume shop, Hollywood Boulevard, Halloween, 2006


















Manikin in costume shop, Hollywood Boulevard, Halloween, 2006




















Manikin in costume shop, Hollywood Boulevard, Halloween, 2006





















 Ah, but there is innocence -

Tinkerbell clock for sale, Hollywood Boulevard, Halloween, 2006

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Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Reflections, Hollywood Boulevard
Topic: Light and Shadow
Reflections, Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard is what you'd expect it to be. This is an exercise on working with reflections in glass, but they capture the place, Tuesday, October 10, 2006. (See the footnote for the day's events).

Shoes in a window, 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard














Graphic at a smoke shop, 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard














Souvenir shop, 6500 block of Hollywood BoulevardIt was a big day on Hollywood Boulevard -

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony Scheduled While Woods Tees Off in Front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, October 10, 2006

WHO: Ruta Lee, Buzz Aldrin, Jack Carter, Gary Collins, Carol Conners, Dom DeLuise, Larry Elder, Erik Estrada, Budd Friedman, Mitzie Gaynor, Monty Hall, Stephanie Powers, Anne Jeffries, A.C. Lyles, Joey McIntyre, Julie Newmar, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Rutherford, Jack Carter, Fred Travelena, Daphne Zuniga, Alex Trebek, Dick VanPatten, Joanne Worley

WHAT: While actress and LA philanthropist Ruta Lee is honored with the 2320th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, international golfing legend, Tiger Woods will be teeing a ball down the length of Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the launch of his most recent electronic golf game. The two momentous events will occur 50 feet from each other, tomorrow, October, 10, 2006.

While the scheduling snafu is the first of its' kind in the history of the Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremonies, organizers will try to make lemonade out of lemons and each event will occur side by side. "I'm sure that good sportsmanship will come to play," laughed Ms. Lee, "this is a lifetime achievement for me, and just another tee-off for Tiger!" Just as Tiger tee's off, Ms. Lee's alma mater, The Hollywood High School band, will parade on Hollywood Boulevard across Tiger's Astroturf "fairway," and Ms. Lee will follow in the Ahmanson family's 1924 Cadillac with actors Debbie Reynolds and Alex Trebek.

DETAILS: One of Hollywood's most glamorous ladies, Ruta Lee's career in show business began at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre as a candy girl. She was signed by MGM as the youngest of the "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and subsequently in "Funny Face" with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, as Tyrone Power's secret love in "Witness for the Prosecution" and Frank Sinatra's leading lady in "Sergeant's Three," and has headlined in many musicals as Annie, Dolly, Peter Pan, Mame, Irene, Irma, Nellie, Rose, and Madame in the "Best Little Whorehouse." Lee has appeared in over 2,000 television appearances and is currently in production with "Christmas Everyday," an ABC Family Film and "Loves Pure Light," both scheduled for Christmas 2006 release. For more than 40 years, Lee has headed the Thalians, which has raised more than $40 million for the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai.
Missed all that. Sorry. The reports are it all went fine.

Posted by Alan at 6:33 PM PDT | Post Comment | Permalink

Monday, 9 October 2006
Hollywood Doors
Topic: Light and Shadow
Hollywood Doors
On Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, October 09, 2006 - a few doors -

A little of India -

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard





















The front door of the Geisha House -

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard














How about a little poison green at an abandoned smoke shop?

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard





















Shouldn't there be two M's here?

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard

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