Photographer's Note

I have posted a few pictures on my way to the top of Mt Hollywood in Griffith Park. This photo was THE ONE, the purpose of the trip. I took this picture on the top of Mt. Hollywood facing south direction viewing the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles downtown is on the left hand side with the high rise buildings. A different view of the downtown is showing in one of my previous post Los Angeles Sunset. A short flat building on the right hand side of the high rise buildings with blue-purple colored lights is Staples Center, the home of LA Lakers(NBA), LA Clippers(NBA), and LA King(HNL).

The lower right hand side of this photo is Griffith Observatory. The Observatory can be still seen clearly under the dusk. The reason is that this building is above the smog line. The straight lighted line behind Griffith Observatory is Western Blvd. The bright street line on the left is Vermont Blvd; and the one on the right is Highland Blvd. The right bottom corner is Hollywood Blvd in the city of Hollywood.

The reason of the buildings cannot be seen clearly in the Los Angeles basin, in comparing with the observatory, becasue of the pollution smog. From this picture, you can see that below the smog line, it is a hazy city. Above the smog line, it is clear sky.

I borrowed 1931 Charles Chaplin’s movie as the title of this picture.

About this photo:

I have used F/22 (the smallest F-stop available to my camera); 30 second exposure time (the longest exposure time to my camera); and the ISO was set to be 200.

The original photo has the size of 3002 x 1035. This picture is a reduced version with 800 x 276. A larger size (1400 x 483) can be seen by clicking the picture.

The sun was totally set about 5~10 minutes before this picture was taken. The mosquitoes were about to eat me alive.

Due to the construction of Griffith Observatory, the road to Griffith Observatory is closed from sunset to sunrise. My car was parked next to Griffith Observatory, which is about one mile from the top of Mt. Hollywood, where this picture was taken. Right after I took this shot (and one more with the exact setting after this one for safety), I ran all the way in the dark along the way you saw in this picture, although I hiked along a very steep short cut to get to the top. I was delighted when I saw my car was still there (not been towed away). However, my car received a violation citation for parking there after sunset ($40.00). I also found that I lost the camera-attach-piece of my tripod. So it is a costly trip and a costly photo.

I would feel my trouble is worthwhile if you enjoy the photo. Thank you.

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