"Where was that photo taken?!" This section helps you discover the world’s most beautiful photo locations. My location insights give you access to precise location where I stood, detailed directions on how to get there, best times to go, weather forecasts, and insider photography tips specific to each location.
Los Angeles Landscape
Kenneth Hahn Park
This is the view from Kenneth Hahn Park. Drive all the way up to the top, park in the lot and walk down the long corridor on the right.
Make sure you visit in January with the snow capped mountains!
Be careful with time, the park closes at sunset. I added a picture of where to park to get the sunrise shots.
Bring a tripod. This was shot with a 300mm lens. 600mm is a bit too far, but you can get a great panorama with that lens. Also try other focal lengths.
Parking location for out of hours at Kenneth Hahn
Los Angeles California Landscape Location - Baldwin Hills
This location requires you to park at the top of the hill, or hike up the many steps.
Los Angeles Landscape Photo Location - Ascot Hills
This is the view from Ascot Hills. You have to hike up a dirt path to get to the top past the antenna towers. Then set up your tripod. If you want a night view, make sure you park OUTSIDE of the park. I made the mistake of parking inside, I had to run down, move my car and come back up to get this night shot. It was worth it.
Watch for helicopters. While shooting the sunset time lapse, i was able to capture one every second. Then i blended in Photoshop using the Darken blending mode.
Bring a flashlight and a Tripod.
Los Angeles Photo Location - Griffith Observatory
Here is the first stop to get the view of the Griffith Observatory with Los Angeles in the background. Take some time here and get some shots in the day, and wait until night. Bring a flashlight. Make sure you pay enough for parking as you don't want to have to retake your pictures.
Griffith park photo location front view
Keep on hiking up the hill to find this spot for a front on view. You could continue up the hill, but it isn't much worth it. you want a low angle to get the background of the traffic.
Los Angeles Photo Location - Vincent Thomas Bridge
Vincent Thomas Bridge - San Pedro, Ca
The only suspension bridge in Los Angeles.
This is the Vincent Thomas Bridge. I have been taking pictures of it for months and have found many great views. Best time to arrive is 1 hr before sunrise when there are low clouds, and when you can see the mountain. When it is super clear, you get a good view of the sun. Use Google Earth to map the sun's path to get an accurate position.
Walk over to the Flag and find a composition with the bridge centered. Be careful, tiny movements are needed to align the bridge. i wish i had a geared tripod head in this situation. Capture the sun rise, or moon rise. Be here at blue hour to get the light trails. When it is too dark, the lights blow out the image. I prefer more dynamic range so my favorite time is both blue hours.
The blue lights turn on right after sunset, and turn off at midnight. Best light seems to occur right when they turn on.
Los Angeles Photo Location - Terrenea
This is from inside the Cave at Terrenea. Crawl down during low tide.
There are pigeons in the roof - they poop.
There are seals that go in here - they poop.
Best to go after the high tide to clean out the area. Watch for clouds.
I got a whale blowing when I was taking a video in this position.j
Get low, take brackets, get the light during sunset.