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I headed down to Venice for a group shoot to capture the sunset and some night shots of the ocean walk and the old buildings of Venice. Venice was built in the early 20th century with architecture and canals modeled after Venice Italy. By the 1930’s most of the original canals were filled in with only a small section remaining. The weather didn’t look promising for a good sunset, but we lucked out.
While we couldn’t see the Sun set into the Pacific, its fading light left a orange and red glow in the clouds to the west with the Venice Pier as a foreground. I walked up the ocean walk, capturing some of the colorful shops along the way to Windward Ave. where the old canals met the ocean. That’s now Venice’s main street with the famous “Venice” sign at Windward and Pacific, except it didn’t say just “Venice” this evening, it was “O’Venice”. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
The Pier at sunset.
The Sun lights up the clouds in a brilliant orange.
Red clouds hang over the Venice Pier.
A colorful shop along the ocean walk.
Looking up Windward Ave. from the ocean walk.
One of the old buildings from Venice’s heyday.
I liked the blue neon.
…nuttin to say really, just the first time I’ve seen an empty comment section
@AlaskaReader: Empty comments sections are pretty common at this time of the morning. Gotta wait for the east coast folk to have their first jolt of caffeine.
You do a good job capturing the darkness.
Sweet, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten down there. My brother lives in Sherman Oaks and they walk there a good bit.
@Baud: Don’t be afraid of the dark. Thanks.
@raven: There was a bit of resistance to my plan to go to Leo Carrillo since it was too far. Venice seemed like a popular idea, especially with a group, some folk(especially women) felt a bit unsafe there alone. Smoke from the herb was pretty pervasive.
Very nice! Sitting in my chilly living room after 6 inches of snow…California dreaming. :)
Love that first shot, Bill.
@Laura Too: We’re having a dry year(very dry), we had some rain on Monday and I was going to take some pics of the snow on the mountains, there just wasn’t a whole lot.
@OzarkHillbilly: That’s my favorite of the outing.
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing
Love your shots of the sunset. Not afraid of going dark, I see. And the white breakers rolling in under the pier.
Excellent shots — For years, my office was on Washington Boulevard a block inland from the Venice Pier. Walked the canals and the Boardwalk many times over lunch, or to take a break from whiny, demanding clients. Different vibe, though, now during the coronavirus.
Great color in the clouds! I’ve caught a glimpse of some really nice sunsets around here (a few miles up the road from Venice) when I go up the highway to visit my mom. We live in a canyon, so we never see sunsets or sunrises unless we go somewhere.
Used to have a couple good friends in Venice, spent quite a bit of time there. They both ended up transplanting to Oregon, years after I did. Love the O’Venice sign, can’t say if that was a thing back in the day.
Your photos always look like paintings to me. Love the first one. I hope to visit Venice next month when I’m down in Pasadena for a few days. Never been…
@Wag: Glad you like em.
@pat: I’ve had pretty good luck witht the group shoots and sunsets so far. I like the dark.
@Almost Retired: I’d never walked down the Grand Canal all the way to Washington(I’d walked down the Boardwalk down there). There was a cute Thai restaurant there.
O’Venice? Was that date 7 or 17?
@BigJimSlade: The color was pretty much a surprise, I was resigned to a dud. Last Sunday we shot at Leo Carrillo.
@JustRuss: I’d never been to Venice until I started shooting with the local photography group, O’Venice was a bit of a surprise.
@way2blue: As I said to OH, the first is my favorite, thanks. Venice is really worth a visit when you’re in town.
@JaneE: It was the 7th, they just got an early start on things.