The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles

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Trey’s Variety Hour #38: What’s in your bag?

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Daily Photo – The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles

Here is a crazy spot I found thanks to sweet sweet Stuck On Earth. I’ve been to downtown LA many times, and there are many good angles, but I think this one is just about one of the best.

There was a lot of waiting around, however. I had to wait for big busses to pass me on either side so I could set up for the long exposure.

Usually, I’ll take 5 exposures in these situations, but I do something a little special. I’ll take the quicker exposures right away (often 1 or 2 seconds). And then I’ll pause and wait for a bus or something before taking the longer exposures. I create the HDR then mask in the tail lights from the photos where I get the best trails. I made that sound easier than it is, I think.

The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 16:52:06
  • Camera
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  • Aperturef/9.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Oh wow – super cool shot Trey – beautiful and clear! Do they celebrate Father’s Day in NZ?? If not I am sure your kiddos will anyway! 🙂

  • Matthew Lusk

    Man I love those city shots. Thanks for sharing that one Trey.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Great shot,but you lost me there for a minute had to think a little .I’ve always remembered from the classes that you thought that we must learn to use our heads and not the rear.You did not say it in that manner but that we think for ourselves try  and learn from others and put it to practice. I feel that to everyone Photography like Electronics you never stop learning. Something new is always popping up and as you get older you tend to forget what you learn’t yesterday but remember the things of long ago. Thats why I love this blog ,there are always hints from others even in spelling,i once made a mistake and not remembering his name he used the same word in his answer which indicated where I went wrong. These subtle helpful hints are and should always be respected.  Also the kind wishes you all sometimes dish out to others like get well ,have a nice day ,thanks for sharing,have a pleasant weekend ,show not only to me but others who sandbag “listen and learn” on the side that there are many good people out there. I only hope one day when we are able to have a photo walk hear in Perth W.A. that we have a chance to meet. God bless

  • How did you manage to float between the two overpasses while waiting for the busses to pass? 😉

    Great shot!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Just finished watching the video on all the bags,some good gadgets.

  • I can really relate to this!  The busses and especially the big trucks always get in my way with the city night shots!

  • Ugh – masking in tail light trails? How can that ever sound easier than it is?! I HATE masking in light trails. It’s SO tedious! Of course it looks sweet in the end but, UGH! It takes forever (for me, anyway)!

    But it shows that you took great pains to do it right. And the end result is fantastic. : )

  • Awesome shot Trey! You certainly know how to make my home city look good! Great tip on how you shot your exposures too! 

  • This one actually made my jaw drop.

  • Paul Garrett

    Great shot of LA!  I was surprised to see stars when I took this photo at the University of Southern California, which is just a couple miles from downtown LA:

  • Patrick Mc Donnell

    Superb Trey!

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  • steve smart

     I think Trey has superpowers maybe something on the line of spiderman 🙂

  • GinoBarasa

    Now that’s my kind of shot.
    Light trails, cityscape, cloud movement.  Very cool.
    Great location Trey.
    Was this taken from a walk over or how did you get high up and in between lanes?

  • Beautiful photo, Trey!!  Thanks for sharing!

  • any chance of getting a google maps push pin of this location? I work in DTLA and would love to walk of to this location.

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