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Buena Vista Street, Los Angeles, Circa 1937

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Last night, Gregg Cooper and I put off all the other stuff that we were supposed to be doing and headed down to the Disney California Adventure at 10 PM in hopes of catching both Carsland and Buena Vista Street without many people in the shot. As it turned out, we didn't leave until almost 1 AM (the park closed at 11 PM) and we were literally the last two individuals to leave the park for the night. They closed and locked the gates just as we left.


I tried a couple of different ideas for this shot, but I went with mono as it seemed that once you ignore the entrance gates in the background, this could very well be a shot of Oswald's Gas in the 1930's. I went with 1937 specifically as it's the year Snow White premiered and the street is themed to the Carthay Theater/Reastaurant down on the end of the street. That, and the fact that the year is printed on the license plate behind the car. I'm also a huge fan of the great jazz photographer Herman Leonard . Even though he didn't start shooting until 1947, this scene evoked the type of B&W contrast and mood that I've seen in much of his work.


In other news, this is the first shot I've posted using the Nikon D800, which showed up last Monday from Amazon. It was taken using the Nikkor 14-24, 2.8 which showed up on Thursday. I am now officially broke and will be spending my next few weekends standing next to the onramp to the 57 freeway with a sign that says "Spent all of my money on camera gear. Will shoot for food." Keep an eye out for me. With any luck, I should have this stuff paid off by the Summer of 2014. Let's hear it for Amazon's 24 month, 0 percent financing!

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Taken on July 29, 2012