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dperez
05-30-2008, 11:02 AM
Just wanted to start a thread about interesting places to photograph in the So Cal area. I've got a couple I thought I would share.

1. Ontario area in and around Archibald. There are some interesting opportunities. Just West of Archibald on Riverside Dr. there is a golf course while across the street is a dairy farm with cows. While people are playing a hole, others across the street might be shoveling manure, it's something of a strange contrast.

There is plenty of agricultural activity around this area, south on Archibald, just south of Riverside Dr one can find many interesting subjects. In that same area I observed some new track homes which sit adjacent to some massive electrical towers, something I would expect to see from Stephen Shore or John Humble.

2. In OC, I have been interested in Downtown Santa Ana, right around main street. Just plenty of old buildings and opportunities for street photography, as its a busy area and the architecture in that area has some character to it, which is saying a lot for the So Cal area.

3. Another area I have just recently been photographing is the mining towns of Red Mountain, Johannesburg, and Randsburg right off the 395 south of Ridgecrest. There are plenty of things to photograph there and I have been working on a series of old structures in the southwest so this area fell right in there with plenty of interesting structures. However, I have met some of the people in this area and found them to be more interesting, so I may explore that more.

Anyhow, just a couple areas that I thought I would mention. Anybody have some cool places in the So Cal area to share?

Jon Shiu
05-30-2008, 12:21 PM
Thanks for the tips on the mining areas. Have to get down there sometime.

Jon

bvstaples
06-01-2008, 11:49 AM
We are fortunate to live in such a photogenic area. Here's a few place in the Southland I like to shoot:

1) Palomar Mountain - for the nature photographers this is a cool place in that it is a unique ecosphere: part Northern California, part southern desert, there is flora and fauna here that is nowhere else in the world.

2) Balboa Park - San Diego's urban park and home to the 1915 PanAmerican Exposition. The zoo is here for animal photogrpahers; the highly decorative facades of the buildings for the architechural photographer, and plenty of people shots doing everything under the sun (both literally and figuratively).

3) Pacific Railroad Musuem - in Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego. For the ferroequus fan; beautiful trains and all that comes with it, including train excursions, yards and buidings.

4) In-Co-Pah - a geological area with fabulous rock formation. Heading east out of San Diego for about 90 miles, the landform changes from mountainous to desert, and In-Co-Pah is the transition area. Geologically young, the land is littered with huge boulders in all manner of interesting formations.

5) And recently I took a trip to Joshua Tree North, up by Twenty-Nine Palms. I could spend a year there imaging!


Brian

wildbill
06-01-2008, 12:09 PM
Will Rogers state park has a cool delapitated concrete structure i've been to a couple times. Long hike but worth it.
Malibu Creek state park. What more can i say about that place.
Hwy 2, angeles crest in the winter. Can't be beat for places within an hour.

Terminal Island.

The L.A. River. A friend of mine has a fair amount of local work: http://www.johnsmithimages.com/
We have a group show here in L.A. coming up next month of urban landscapes if anyone is interested, let me know.

vinny

Shmoo
06-01-2008, 12:25 PM
4) In-Co-Pah - a geological area with fabulous rock formation. Heading east out of San Diego for about 90 miles, the landform changes from mountainous to desert, and In-Co-Pah is the transition area. Geologically young, the land is littered with huge boulders in all manner of interesting formations.



I just drove thru this area 2 weeks ago and I think the best area is called "Devil's Canyon"...simply amazing stuff.

I'd add the Imperial Sand Dunes Rec. Area which is pristine white sand dunes with the Colorado River flowing through it...stunning...just not during the 113 degree heat wave. EEEESH that's hot!

S

Daniel Lawton
06-01-2008, 12:36 PM
I just moved to the Imperial Valley and can attest to In-Co-pah and the Imperial Sand Dunes as both being interesting places to photograph. If you can bear the insane heat there are definitely great photo oppurtunities here.

bvstaples
06-01-2008, 05:59 PM
I just moved to the Imperial Valley and can attest to In-Co-pah and the Imperial Sand Dunes as both being interesting places to photograph. If you can bear the insane heat there are definitely great photo oppurtunities here.

The sand dunes a very cool, especially when the wind is blowing and the sands are dynamic. However, if the winds are very high, be sure to have a protective filter over your lenses as the sand can etch glass in no time flat. You can't see it, but its happening.

The Imperial County also has a lot of agriculture to image, and then there's the Salton Sea. I've done a fair amount of shooting around "The Slabs" which are mostly abandoned RV pads at the Sea's edge. There are old RV's and trailers being consumed by the land and sea, and there's this guy out there who's painting a mountain (actually a small hill). Great for those that shoot both B&W and color.


Brian

Gustavo_Castilla
06-01-2008, 07:34 PM
I am organizing a figure work shop!!!

June 29th at ViVa gallery
Location :
ViVa gallery.
13261 Moorpark Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
From noon to 5:00

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Workshop with Gustavo Castilla. “We will be working with one 8 X 10 camera.
All materials provided for your convenience .
If not avail to process 8 X 10 film I will be happy to do that along with one contact print.
The focus of the workshop is working with models and figure.
Hot lights will be used so that we can work with shadows and highlight and enhancing form.
Model: Betcee May. Maximum 8 students.
Fee is $150.00 per person
We reserve the right of refusal (http://gcastilla.com/Gustavo_Castilla_Photography_figure_workshop.htm)
I can be reached at by email (castilg@yahoo.com)
Deposit of $75.00 is due on the June 20th
for your convenience paypal is accepted

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The model for the session is Betcee May (http://www.modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=8001)

Gustavo_Castilla
06-01-2008, 07:55 PM
Thank you guys some spaces have been take :)

fhovie
08-22-2008, 02:13 PM
When you are out near Ridgecrest looking at Johanessburg - don't forget the Pinnacles

TheFlyingCamera
08-22-2008, 02:22 PM
The Pinnacles are funky because half of them are in SoCal, the other half is a bit south of Gilroy, about an hour from San Jose. Proof positive of the movement of the San Andreas fault, which runs right beside them.

eric
08-22-2008, 02:30 PM
If you are good at documentary style photography, I think SoCal is running out of Botox. You'll get some good shots of Newport Beach women jonesing for some. We certainly are not lacking anytype of silicon.

jhitesma
09-10-2008, 10:42 PM
I may live in AZ but I'm right on the border and the Imperial Dunes are practically my backyard. Anyone who wants to get together to shoot there sometime let me know. I have several vehicles capable of getting deep into the dunes and away from the crowds if you're looking to get photos of the dunes instead of the crowds. But depending on your tastes both can be outstanding subjects!

ntenny
09-11-2008, 01:57 AM
I may live in AZ but I'm right on the border and the Imperial Dunes are practically my backyard.

How do you feel about the back corners of the Cargo Muchacho Mountains? My wife, infant son, cameras, and I are all due to put in some time out at Tumco sometime this winter; it'd be a pleasure to meet up and poke around the desert.

-NT

jhitesma
09-11-2008, 09:36 PM
There's a lot of exploring to be done over there. Not much to see at Tumco though, it's mainly just some holes in the ground, foundations and a few tanks. We took my wifes sister out there a few years back, it was a rainy year and the wildflowers were incredible. This year may be good for that as well, we've had a lot of rain the past two months:

(Sorry it's not an analog image...but does show the main Tumco site.)
http://www.yumaduners.com/albums/album82/stacynamy1.sized.jpg (http://www.yumaduners.com/albums/album82/stacynamy1.jpg)

If you have a jeep or other 4WD there are some more interesting old mining sites to be found - but they're not as easy to get to. The "Names" or "Graffiti Hills" on the other side of the Cargo Muchacho's is easy to get to and pretty interesting.

If you're up for some hiking and exploring there's a lot of neat stuff around there - I just wasn't very impressed by Tumco itself.

sidearm613
11-18-2008, 12:37 AM
i'm twisted, but i think the best photo opportunity would be to take an old SLR into the skid row in downtown Los Angeles and photograph in black and white, or even IR

dracblau
11-25-2008, 11:56 AM
i'm twisted, but i think the best photo opportunity would be to take an old SLR into the skid row in downtown Los Angeles and photograph in black and white, or even IR

A friend of mine tried that a few years ago, and the homeless people were not very amused. Luckily she and her friend were able to jump in their car and get away. I get the feeling they felt intruded upon. Of course, technique and the way you go about it are factors. There is a large homeless community there, and illegal activity going on, so I can see how it can be risky, but I can also see how it would make for an interesting photo shoot.

There are a lot of great places here in SoCal. I tend to like places where you can see the detritus of past human activity as it wastes away under the harsh climate here.

There is the Salton Sea, which is a favorite among many photographers and a place to which I would like to return. When you are there you can definitely see what happens when society's plans go awry and end up in ruins. But there is also a magic about the place that is hard to describe but is compelling.

sidearm613
11-27-2008, 02:08 AM
There is the Salton Sea, which is a favorite among many photographers and a place to which I would like to return. When you are there you can definitely see what happens when society's plans go awry and end up in ruins. But there is also a magic about the place that is hard to describe but is compelling.

I also would like to photograph the Salton Sea. Have you a favorite spot on the sea that you would be willing to point out? I think I am going to visit Salton City, but I am at a loss for other places

Domenico Foschi
11-28-2008, 11:37 PM
A friend of mine tried that a few years ago, and the homeless people were not very amused. Luckily she and her friend were able to jump in their car and get away. I get the feeling they felt intruded upon. Of course, technique and the way you go about it are factors. There is a large homeless community there, and illegal activity going on, so I can see how it can be risky, but I can also see how it would make for an interesting photo shoot.

There are a lot of great places here in SoCal. I tend to like places where you can see the detritus of past human activity as it wastes away under the harsh climate here.

There is the Salton Sea, which is a favorite among many photographers and a place to which I would like to return. When you are there you can definitely see what happens when society's plans go awry and end up in ruins. But there is also a magic about the place that is hard to describe but is compelling.

You are correct when you say that the approach is what is important.
If you are interested in some kind of social commentary in taking pictures in skid row, the best approach is to go there and forget that you are there to take pictures.
If you are really interested in understanding the life of this social slice you need to approach the people and treat them as such.
Letting them know that you are there to respect them and you are truly inetrested in chatting with them it will make all the difference in the world.
So, speak first, treat them with respect but don't be fearful, listen to them and talk to them, interact.
When things have relaxed ask them if you can take some pictures and don't forget to bring with you a decent amount of $ 1 bills.

dracblau
03-24-2009, 11:25 AM
I also would like to photograph the Salton Sea. Have you a favorite spot on the sea that you would be willing to point out? I think I am going to visit Salton City, but I am at a loss for other places

Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner, I forgot to check this thread in the last several months.

I've been to the eastern side of the Salton Sea, and only know that area. I would recommend visiting Bombay Beach, it's a small town that has the sea encroaching upon it. There are interesting buildings trapped in salt mud, and other surreal scenes. The state park areas are nice for camping and have interesting beaches made up of the bones and shells of fish and barnacles. The day fee for the state park area is $6 as of this last weekend, the rest of the Salton Sea is free of charge.

The west side of the sea has the failed planned communities such as Salton City and the rest. I have to visit them some day.

The area has become quite the amatuer photographers mecca. This last Saturday I was there and the place was crawling with visitors and their fancy digi-cams, which is fine as I was one of them (with my analog cameras). I would suggest visiting during the week when the tourists and day visitors are at a minimum.

Just don't pick up any hitchikers, the state penitentiary is at the south end of the sea.