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    If you're in the neighborhood I'd be happy to show you some of the downtown architecture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Rahman View Post
    Other than Hollywood, not much interesting in L.A. for street shooting if you are looking for people. You may want to drive to Santa Monica and check out the 3rd Street Promenade. Terrific people watching there. Try to go there on a weekend day. Old Pasadena is also pretty good.

    If you know the famed Farmer's Market, trust you've been to The Grove. Always jammed with people.
    You must not have ever strayed far from your area of comfort (your car, perhaps?)! There is a crapload to shoot here, and all you can name are some of the worst places to do it! Old Pasadena, the Farmer's Market, and the 3rd Street Promenade are tourist traps featuring a bunch of middle class people shopping, almost exactly like we have all over this country in every decently-sized city. These places are all about spending money and looking like everyone else. IMO, all are some of the least interesting places to shoot street photography in the L.A. area, unless documenting these disturbing places and their similarity is somehow a part of your concept. This very well may be, however, the original post made it seem as if you (i.e. the OP) just wanted to blow into town and have some fun shooting interesting people on the street.

    L.A. as a whole is low in pedestrian traffic density, due simply to how sprawling it is. We have over ten million people, but they are spread over a wide geographical area, so they generally do not walk. So, if you want densely populated sidewalks with lots of activity, you have to go to neighborhoods where people conduct business on foot...and these are neighborhoods in which large numbers of people do not own cars...because they cannot afford them and/or because they are immigrants from places where cars are simply not a part of the average family's life.

    My two first suggestions if you want a taste of real L.A. (average L.A. people living their actual lives) are to try walking down 6th on the eastern side of downtown any time (the middle of the night is fun ), and to try walking down Cesar Chavez and/or Whittier Boulevards east of the City on a weekend day (Boyle Heights, East Los Angles). Barring these, you might want to hit the streets in the Westlake/MacArthur Park area at afternoon to evening rush hour, or on weekends. 6th, 7th, and 8th are good bets. If you want to shoot some Asian-American enclaves, try strip malls in Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Monterey Park. (Some main drags here are Vally (E/W), Garfield (N/S), Atlantic (N/S, will also lead you into the eastern part of East L.A.), and Garvey (E/W).

    If you want to capture the strange desolation of our sidewalks, try almos anywhere except where I mentioned! Seriously, I would try the west side (west of Western technically, but I always say that west of Alvarado is where it really starts feeling like the west side), the San Fernando Valley, or Orange County (insert dramatic creepy music here): The Weirdest Place on Earth.

    If you are lazy and unadventurous, Hollywood is OK, just for the fact that it is such a wretched piece of $hit of a place in almost every way. Grand Central Market and other areas of downtown could prove fun and fruitful as well.

    Have fun!!!! Don't let the coldness and the emotional and physical distance of the people here intimidate you.

    FWIW, I am a sixth-generation Los Angeles person.
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    2F/2F, thanks. That is exactly the kind of info I was looking for. Normal Angelinos doing their thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by white.elephant View Post
    2F/2F, thanks. That is exactly the kind of info I was looking for. Normal Angelinos doing their thing.
    Glad I caught your drift OK. I am sure you figured it out, but I should tell you straight out that all of the places I listed - except Hollywood and downtown - are socio-economic and/or ethnic enclaves. So much the better! That is what L.A. is all about; what truly makes it great IMO.

    Also, 6th on the eastern side of downtown does not feature the average L.A. person (though it certainly features some of our sadder elements). That is affectionately known as "Skid Row," so I was somewhat joking when I suggested it. Ripe with photographic opportunity...just be respectful of the homeless, please. You having a camera puts you at a huge advantage over them, as if you were not already.
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    My daughter & her family live in L.A. walking distance to the Grove.

    We've hiked in Griffith Park with her and it can be interesting for photography.

    http://www.bing.com/local/details.as...ffith+park+L.A.
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    No, no, that kind of thing to me is taking advantage, and what I'm looking for is not an essay on the state of how society has left behind some of us, but rather a look at what one would see walking down the street of a 'real' place in LA, not a place contrived for those visiting as tourists. I recently visited Rio, and I always looked for natives doing their thing. While the attached image is a beach scene, the people in it are not tourists; this is what they do when they get out of work.
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    Chris: That is one of the finest pictures I've seen on APUG in a long time. Bravo.

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    I would also suggest leaving the car at your hotel. Take the train and bus around. Maybe rent a bicycle. You will see much more.
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    I'd agree with 2F/2F that Old Pasadena, as appealing as it may be for shoppers, is not that distinctive. You can probably snap people outside the Cheesecake Factory wherever you are without making the trip to Pasadena. However, I have had the thought that all the empty storefronts that have popped up over the past two years in such an upscale area might make for interesting shooting.

    The areas of Pasadena away from the "strip" of Old Pasadena may be a little more interesting, for example the area of Colorado Blvd. east of Pasadena City College (a little more "local" in flavor, and businesses that have been there for decades), or the streets that parallel Colorado, such as Green or Walnut. Not as much foot traffic, though.

    The 3rd and Fairfax Farmer's Market has been done to death, but I was at the local farmer's market in Pasadena this morning, and lamented I hadn't brought my camera--the local markets always draw some characters, and if you're into shooting photos of food, needless to say there's a cornucopia of subjects.

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    East of West LA

    title of a book you should send for by Kevin McCollister; ifpublications.com
    the book will cost you a whole 20 bucks....
    take it from a guy who had lived in New York for over 20 years.(and finds very little in the way of photo inspiration in a "cleansed" city)...LA has got it ALL..it's up to you to go out and find it...could probably spend an entire lifetime making photos there
    Best, Peter
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