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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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Wednesday, 27 December 2006
Leering Icons
Topic: Insider Stuff

Leering Icons

On Hollywood Boulevard, between Christmas and New Years, the characters are acting up. This fellow from Sesame Street just isn't paying attention to the right thing.

Character on Hollywood Boulevard eyeing pretty girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Imperial Storm Trooper and Darth Vadar like the lovely young thing. And she enjoys the attention.

Imperial Storm Trooper and Darth Vadar on Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial Storm Trooper on Hollywood Boulevard hitting on pretty girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial Storm Trooper and Darth Vadar on Hollywood Boulevard hitting on pretty girl


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Tuesday, 26 December 2006
After Christmas
Topic: Historic Hollywood

After Christmas

Hollywood and Highland - with all the major stores and the Kodak Theater for the Oscars, and restaurants, from California Pizza Kitchen to the vaguely French Vert run by Wolfgang Puck's brother from Chicago - is the commercial heart of Hollywood. Yes, that's the only kind of heart Hollywood has, of course. The day after Christmas the block was filled with Midwestern tourists, from the Chinese Theater on the west to the seedy bars on the east, to Disney's El Capitan Theater across the street. The Christmas stuff is was all over, although Christmas was all over. The sky was growing quite dark - rain on the way.

Christmas stars at Hollywood and Highland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Christmas tree and their signature elephant (the complex was designed to look like the sets from D. W. Griffith's Intolerance, a 1916 epic filmed up the coast in Oxnard) -

Christmas tree and elephant at Hollywood and Highland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigger

Tigger at the El Capitan Theater, Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Where to go to get over Tigger -

Seedy bar, Highland Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard


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Sunday, 24 December 2006
Christmas Break
Topic: Botanical Studies

Christmas Break

There will be no posting here until Tuesday - it's off down the coast for the big family Christmas. Here's a bit of a botanical Christmas tree, from this page in the new issue of Just Above Sunset.

Extreme close-up, flower stamen as Christmas tree


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Saturday, 23 December 2006
Out of the Darkness
Topic: Botanical Studies

Out of the Darkness

Christmas roses at the curb, Camden Drive, Beverly Hills - late afternoon, 22 December.

White roses, close-up


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Friday, 22 December 2006
Christmas Windows
Topic: Seasonal

Christmas Windows

Christmas displays in department store windows are pretty much a thing of the past. Large department stores may soon be a thing of the past - only the carefully clever will survive the malls and discounters and outlet centers - but that's another matter. Large cities still have the Christmas window displays, for now. Out here they're a little odd. These are the Christmas windows at the big three on Wilshire Boulevard in central Beverly Hills - Sax's, Barney's and Neiman-Marcus.

Neiman-Marcus

Christmas window display, 2006, Neiman-Marcus, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas window display, 2006, Neiman-Marcus, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas window display, 2006, Neiman-Marcus, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas window display, 2006, Neiman-Marcus, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barney's does Andy Warhol

Christmas window display, 2006, Barney's of New York, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sax's Fifth Avenue

Christmas window display, 2006, Sax's Fifth Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills


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