Day 2 of the workshop had us starting at two of my favorite LA locations – The Broad and The Walt Disney Concert Hall. They’re quite different buildings but play nicely off of each other as neighbors.
The Broad, is boxy, matte, white concrete. However, the “grates” and the “eye” on its exterior add a bit of curvature.
In this next one, playing off the “veil” reflecting in the glass wall just behind it. Some nice angles, geometry, reflections and layers happening in this one.
And its neighbor, the Disney Concert Hall, is smooth, curvy, grey, stainless steel.
Depending which side of the building the light is on, it can completely change the level of drama. Above is very soft and subtle with the blue sky reflecting in the surface, below there’s much more drama and contrast.
We were limited to the lobby of the concert hall, but there’s still a lot of great angles to play with in here as well.
After a break for lunch, we stopped by the historic Bradbury Building. You’re limited to the ground floor lobby in here, so it can be challenging to shoot, but it’s definitely worth a visit!
Just a couple blocks away is the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse. This is my second time shooting here, and I had much better luck this time around. Having a little sunshine definitely helped. Again, more great angles and geometry!
Next, we headed over to the LAPD, the geometry and blue themes continue 😉
Just across the street is the Caltrans building designed by Morphosis, pretty dystopian and definitely a more difficult building to shoot, but the light and shadows were interesting in this detailed shot of the facade.
Our final stop of the day was the Griffith Observatory for sunset and blue hour. A nice location to shoot the architecture of the observatory, as well as skyline views.
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