"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.
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Los Angeles - Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood sign is an epic location in Los Angeles and a must see. To get there you will have to hike. Instead of making my own video, there are plenty on youtube that I will link here for you to watch.
The Hollywood sign hike is a very popular hike for both Angelenos and tourists coming to Los Angeles. Many people get lost trying to find this hike as Google Maps and Waze redirects drivers to the Griffith Observatory where you can still see the Hollywood sign but still are not close enough to get behind the sign itself and is a 4hr+ round trip hike.
Here is a google map of 2 spots to go:
1. Park at the Hollywood sign overlook and hike up - if before 7am, you can park closer.
if you have a handicap badge, you can park at the base of the trail.
2. location of base of trail.
This is a sunset image, and was enhanced / blocked by a fire that was happening to the left of the frame. When the sun set behind us, the sky turned red, reflecting light on the sign.
Easy way to hike to behind hollywood sign
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 (closes at sunset), or hike up the many steps.
Baldwin Hills Stairs
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.
Bring a flashlight and a Tripod.
There are other spots, just wander around and you will find new perspectives. ---look for the fence!
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 Terranea. Crawl down during low tide.
Best to go after the high tide to clean out the area. Watch for clouds.