Los Angeles Workshops Recap

Los Angeles Workshops Recap

In February, I traveled to Los Angeles, where I had the pleasure to lead two architecture photography workshops. The first one was a group workshop that I led with Angie McMonigal (if you don’t know her, you need to check her out). We had 10 people with us for a 2-day workshop exploring the architecture of Downtown Los Angeles. While the weather could have been better, we had a great time and I think everyone went home with some great pictures. The second workshop was a single day private workshop with someone who had contacted me. We photographed some architecture in Downtown LA as well.

Because the locations were similar for both workshops, I decided to do only one article. I will go through the locations of the 2-day workshop (but some of the images are from the other workshop).

We started with a presentation on Saturday morning at the Standard Hotel Downtown LA. It was perfectly located to be the base for our workshop. We headed out around 11 am and started shooting right across the street, the Double Ascension sculpture by Herbert Bayer. Security kicked us out after about 10 min, so we still managed to get some shots!

Double Ascension - Los Angeles, CA

Rainbow Fan

Double Ascension - Los Angeles, CA

Up or Down?

We made a quick stop at the Downtown Public Library, which has some beautiful interiors.

Central Library - Los Angeles, CA

The Colors of the Library

After lunch, we headed to the Westin Bonaventure, a difficult building to capture. I decided to make it a backdrop to the Shoshone sculpture, by Mark DiSuvero. The sun star just helped make the shot!

Shoshone - Los Angeles, CA

Burst

After a few other sculptures (including one by Calder where we were kicked out immediately), we stopped by the Bradbury Building, by George Wyman. It is one of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, and one of the hardest to shoot. A wide-angle lens was great to capture that view.

The Bradbury Building - Los Angeles, CA

Elevators To Another Time

After that, we headed back to my favorite building in Los Angeles, the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry. We had some soft evening light that made things very interesting.

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Shield

Black and white felt right for a lot of the shots of the Concert hall.

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Sharp And Strong

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Sail

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

The Mountains of Gehry #2

We had planned to shoot at sunset and the blue hour from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, as it offers some interesting views of the skyline. Unfortunately, a photoshoot for a Gap commercial was happening. They did let us shoot for a few minutes, but we couldn’t stay long.

LA Underwater

Department of Water and Power - Los Angeles, CA

Walk The Edge

We started the second day at the Walt Disney Concert Hall again. We had been hoping for some soft morning light on the east side, but clouds got in the way.

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Behind The Veil

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Point of No Return

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Meeting Point

We then photographed The Broad, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Located next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it is another gorgeous building.

The Broad - Los Angeles, CA

Intimate Curve

The Broad - Los Angeles, CA

Molten

The Broad - Los Angeles, CA

The Valleys of the Broad

We then headed east, starting with the new Federal Courthouse by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The architecture is more repetitive, so playing with the patterns was key there.

Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, CA

The Edge Of Darkness

Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, CA

Shimmer

Next stop was the LAPD Headquarters, designed by AECOM. The building is very angular and provides some strong contrast between glass and concrete.

Los Angeles Police Department - Los Angeles, CA

Out of the dark

Los Angeles Police Department - Los Angeles, CA

A World Of Three’s

Los Angeles Police Department - Los Angeles, CA

Evil Corns

Right next to the LAPD is the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans 7), designed by Morphosis. Mostly made of metal, but without all the glass so typical of modern architecture, this building is very intriguing. And not easy to photograph.

Caltrans District 7 - Los Angeles, CA

Mountains of Metal

The atrium is not obvious from the street, but it provides some nice angles!

Caltrans District 7 - Los Angeles, CA

Step Into The Matrix

After lunch, we had a brief stop at Union Station. This hall (which was closed to the public) looks almost like a church.

Union Station - Los Angeles, CA

Union

We stopped by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels designed by Rafael Moneo. I’m not a fan of the exterior, but the interiors are stunning. I was especially drawn to the lights.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Los Angeles, CA

The Many Lights Of Faith

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Los Angeles, CA

Trio

Our last stop for the day was the 4th street bridge over the 110 Freeway for blue hour. The first shot is from the workshop, and I went back a few days later to capture the other shots with better weather.

4th Street - Los Angeles, CA

LA Gloom

4th Street - Los Angeles, CA

Not Picking A Side

4th Street - Los Angeles, CA

Freeway Ghosts

Despite the weather, the workshops went well. Los Angeles has a lot to offer when it comes to architecture, and I think we’ll do another workshop there soon!

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