ABOVE - The Griffith Observatory sits in Griffith Park above Los Angeles and is surrounded by miles of hiking trails from which you can snap shots of the amazing view.
First thing is first - why would you choose to shoot with an all-manual lens when there are numerous AF lenses that provide better metering, better color representation, and better center to edge quality?
ABOVE - Always fun to capture a moment like this - a hiker takes a photo of the LA cityscape below him with his cell phone while about 1/2 a mile above him I take a photo of him taking a photo. These are the moments a photojournalist lives for. Unplanned, unscripted... just being at the right place at the right time.
Everyone has heard about "smog"
ABOVE - After taking several shots with the Pentax 185mm f/3.5 lens it was time to test the hulking monster of a telescope that is the Vivitar 600mm f/8 lens.
There's an interesting phenomenon in Los Angeles that has to do with real estate... the higher you can place your house on a hill; the more valuable your house (and property) are.
I took photos starting at the base of the mountain that the observatory sits on and started working my way, street by street back towards the base of the observatory.
It's about 1/2 mile down the slope where the homes end and the protected land of the observatory and park start. As you move closer to the top of that boundary, the homes become larger and more grandiose.
Some of the houses sit on estate sized properties with garden paths, gazebos, and pools. Others are terraced and appear to sit right on top of each other. Granted, these homes cost upwards of $10-20 million dollars each.
BELOW -A stitched panorama made with about 10 individual shots taken with a Nikon 105mm f/2.5 lens. This is about 90 degrees of the view from the Griffith Observatory.
© Copyright, Jon Patrick Hyde, 2015