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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 -


Saturday, 29 July 2006
A Wedge
Topic: Geometric Shapes
A Wedge
Just a little geometry - an office building at 401 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, Saturday morning, July 29, with a flowering tree -

An office building at 401 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa, with a flowering tree


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Friday, 28 July 2006
Noon Images
Topic: Oddities
Noon Images
This is a now a specialty textile factory at the corner of Highland and Willoughby, a building from 1928 by W. J. Saunders. One architectural writer says when the sun rakes the building at midday the effect is that of the Casa de las Conchas in Segovia. Well, maybe. This is midday. You decide. But 1928 was obviously an exuberant year in Hollywood.

Shell wall, at the corner of Highland and Willoughby in Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next door, at 940 North Highland Avenue, is the image shop Workbook, and the have two markets - art buyers, including creative directors, art directors, designers and corporate art departments, and then, photographers, illustrators, designers, letterers and suppliers to the graphic arts industry. And they have a surreal dog on top of their shabby half-hearted Streamline Moderne offices. There is no explanation of the dog in their literature.

Dog at Workbook, 940 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood


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Thursday, 27 July 2006
On the Boulevard
Topic: Color Studies
On the Boulevard
A color study, with puppy - Hollywood Boulevard on a hot July afternoon -

A color study, with puppy - Hollywood Boulevard on a hot July afternoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other side of Hollywood Boulevard, someone from Hogwarts -
 On the other side of Hollywood Boulevard, someone from Hogwarts -


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Wednesday, 26 July 2006
Hollywood Today
Topic: Oddities
Hollywood Today
Paris has those stone gargoyles on the edge of the roof of Notre Dame and all that. They're real famous and everyone photographs them. But out here in Hollywood we have real gargoyles, or living ones, or something. You decide. (Cat Woman got caught in the first shot.)

Gargoyle character on Hollywood Boulevard at Grauman's Chinese Theater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gargoyle character on Hollywood Boulevard at Grauman's Chinese Theater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gargoyle character on Hollywood Boulevard at Grauman's Chinese Theater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, of course. That's where these characters hang out. And Wednesday, July 26, was even stranger as they were setting up for the red carpet premier of a big summer movie, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. This is this summer's redneck anti-French comedy. Will Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby.

Summary - "NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is a national hero because of his "win at all costs" approach. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo - "Shake" and "Bake" to their fans for their ability to finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) challenges "Shake" and "Bake" for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing's top driver." The movie's tagline: "The story of a man who could only count to #1"

Think of it as George Bush does NASCAR. Detail - "When they were at an actual racetrack to get audio clips, director Adam McKay apparently didn't need to prompt the audience for one scene. When Sacha Baron Cohen's character Jean Girard was introduced as a driver from France driving the Perrier car, the entire crowd started booing on their own."

Whatever. Hollywood Boulevard empty at noon as the began setting up -

Preparations for the Hollywood Premier of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparations for the Hollywood Premier of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Preparations for the Hollywood Premier of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The last installment sank into cable television oblivion, but this guy from Star Wars was out there for some reason -

Star Wars character on Hollywood Boulevard at Grauman's Chinese Theater


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Updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2006 7:41 PM PDT
Tuesday, 25 July 2006
The Old Days
Topic: Color Studies
The Old Days

Los Angeles used to be a far different place. Three color studies from the Travel Town Museum, an outdoor transportation museum on the other side of Griffith Park, beside Forest Lawn, and across the bone-dry Los Angeles River from Warner Brothers and Disney studios - the Burbank side of the park. The focus here is the history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930s, with fourteen steam locomotives and twenty-six other pieces of rolling stock. But they have a hall of old Los Angeles vehicles, like these three. It's hard to imagine those days. Everything was in black and white, wasn't it?

Standard Oil delivery wagon, Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Gas and Electric utility wagon, Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Golden State Dairy delivery wagon, Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Travel Town website is here, with history of the museum here. The photos are from May 29, 2006.


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Updated: Tuesday, 25 July 2006 7:52 PM PDT

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