If you’re like me and live on the outskirts of Los Angeles County and you have a meeting in downtown Los Angeles at any time in the morning, your safest bet to avoid traffic is to wake up way earlier than required and leave before 5:30 am. Although my meeting wasn’t until 10 am, I had a conference call prior that I needed to be situated for, so early was the best option.

I tried to make the best of it at sunrise by searching for an overlook on the city. The truth? I got a bit lost and this is where I wound up… staring back at the city from the top of Marview Avenue. About 10 minutes after I left his spot, a few clouds formed around the buildings and reflected the sunrise happening to my back. Once again, I was not patient. I may never learn.


If there are multiple photos in this post, EXIF data is for the featured photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 4 January, 2018
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Focal length: 139mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 2s

2 Comments

  1. Nik Christensen

    This is one of my favourite places inside of the entirety of the Los Angeles basin. It isn’t the most upkept or maintained areas of the city (it was along with the canyon that once existed where Dodgers Stadium is now was meant to house the workers of LA’s riverside industrial areas) but my heavens does it have a spectacular view if the air has been cleared by the onshore flow. The way the marine layer surprisingly starts to wrap around the skyscrapers in the late evening right before night is just…amazing. Nice find!

  2. Great stuff, thank you. And it was indeed a nice spot to capture a few moments near sunrise.

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