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The plan was to get to the park early (I was late to the meetup at Red Rock), shoot a bulb ramped timelapse, and get a couple of extra pictures; only one of these things happened. I arrived with plenty of time to spare, but parking was not to be had anywhere close to the park. I ended up parking about 3/4 of a mile down the hill on Crenshaw.
Once I’d parked and retrieved my camera gear and my lightweight tripod, I noticed the possibility of making some lemonade for my lemon of a parking situation. The view looking north, while obstructed in many places by trees was incredible. I snapped a few photos with my cellphone on my hike to the park. Arriving at the park, I found one other person from the group already there. We waited for about 15 minutes for others to arrive and hiked up the hill to find a few more members waiting up there (I said to meet at the bottom of the hill by the parking lot).
We setup our gear and started shooting. I soon discovered that bulb ramping wouldn’t work with my camera (the fastest exposure on my camera via the cable release turns out to be 1 second), so I switched to the basic timelapse and set my camera to aperture priority. I’d brought a graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky (and Sun) and started shooting the timelapse.
I also brought my Galaxy NX camera so I used that to shoot bracketed photos of the setting sun hand held as well as some of the landmarks around the area. As the Sun set in the west, the Moon rose over the homes to our east providing an added bonus to the shoot. On the way back to my car, I took a few minutes to set up the camera and tripod to get a shot of the city from the same location as I’d shot the daytime shot 3 hours earlier.
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I’ve been trying to find a good view of downtown LA from the south and there are very few places that have a good view that are accessible (much of Palos Verdes is private), so it was nice to find this vista.
Del Cerro park had a wonderful view of Catalina island.
Much of the shore of the peninsula is dotted with high end residences and golf courses. This one is owned by a very well known politician (hint: rhymes with Dump).
The sun reflects off the water and on to shore.
The Sun sets just north of Santa Barbara island, the day was clear enough to be able to see San Nicholas island another 40 miles further out to sea.
Just after the Sun set the Moon began its rise as a bonus shot.
This is pretty much the same shot as I took as I walked to Del Cerro Park, but after nightfall. the light in the center of the photo are the TV towers on Mount Wilson.