“The Size of the Rat”

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Downtown L.A. Skyline with Snow-Capped Mount Baldy in Background, California

Downtown L.A. Skyline with Snow-Capped Mount Baldy in Background, California

If you have been following this blog over the past month or two, this scene has probably become a familiar sight. I have this compulsion to get this photo exactly the way I want but all the stars haven’t aligned quite right just yet. In some shots I even got the bloody red sunset light reflecting off of the downtown buildings and off of Mount Baldy peak but if only not for the haze!

The people who live in these hills have the best view in all of Los Angeles in my opinion. However, reality set in for me after calling it day. I went inside of the Taco Bell located right in front of these hills to use the restroom but noticed there were electronic security locks on the restroom doors that require a password to open and the service counter had six-inch thick bullet proof glass in addition to another electronically secured door leading to the kitchen. You have to use an intercom just to speak to anyone. Food is handed to you over the counter through a two-step window lock system. Aside from the affluent areas, much of the rest of urban L.A. is like this (or should be…).

I’m grateful that I can just take pretty pictures and don’t have to live in the city. With that said, there was a classic Galen Rowell article called, “The Size of the Rat”, which referred to an unending desire to do the best work that you can possibly do. L.A. is not exactly my favorite place in the world, but there is this gnawing feeling in my gut to keep shooting this until it goes away.

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9 thoughts

  1. I guess I am not all that familiar with LA. I never knew there was a mountain to be seen! So consider yourself successful in introducing a new aspect of LA to at least one person! 🙂 Very nice image.

  2. Thanks Mark. This scene isn’t all that obvious unless you are in the right place and have a telephoto lens to compress the distance. Mount Baldy is actually about 45 miles from L.A.

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  4. Very nice picture. I’ve been trying to get a clear shot of the downtown L.A. area for quite some time, but the weather never agrees with me when I’m there. It’s always incredibly hazy with the buildings barely visible.

    I guess I should make a trip to L.A. right after it rains, but just haven’t been able to do so.

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