Best pic of LA and the Hollywood sign EVER.

hollywood-sign-springtime_w_wm.jpgI try to avoid the superlatives but this was an image that just stopped me in my tracks.  For me it truly is the best ever I can recall seeing of the city from the hills. It is appropriately titled “Springtime” which in LA is a short lived explosion of color. This view captured it and so much of what is right about this city. 

The photographer is Stephen Coleman whom I met through the Monrovia Art Festival Association a few years ago.  Great guy doing some really beautifully executed images of Los Angeles.  Being a cameraman with local TV news helps as those press credentials do get him into places the rest of us can’t access.

For more information on the image and the story behind it you have to make the jump.

When I saw the image I ran back to the studio and dropped him a note and asked for some background information.  The image was taken very late afternoon on March 1, 2008.  It is two images combined to produce a panoramic view from LA to Weho.  Late afternoon was chosen for the shadows and color and took a lot of planning on Stephen’s part.  The results are pretty spectacular. 

Stephen’s thoughts on the image:

 “‘SPRINGTIME’ REFLECTS MY CONTINUING DESIRE TO CAPTURE THE BEAUTY AND RADIANCE OF THE PLACES WE LOVE. TO SHINE A DELICATE LIGHT INTO THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF THOSE WHO LOVE THIS CITY, THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES.”

You can see the image and other’s from Stephen’s portfolio at the LA City Hall Windows Exhibit.  This exhibit has been extended another few weeks.  The image is also showcased at the Paint N Play Art  Studio and Gallery here in Monrovia.

Addresses and other info so you can see it in person:

Los Angeles City Hall Windows Exhibit 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA

Paint N Play Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016  626-256-4848

The pic is courtesy of Stephen, to prevent unauthorised use from you right clickers out there it is kept small and watermarked.  Do go see the real deal when you get a chance as this little photo only hints at how great it really is.

8 Replies to “Best pic of LA and the Hollywood sign EVER.”

  1. Sigh… watermarking pretty much destroys the experience. The way to motivate me to go see these things in person is to show me how great they are in their full, unsquelched glory. Trying to squint through a watermark pretty destroys the experience and makes me feel somewhat cheated.

  2. I know the watermark dilema, but artists tend to do that a lot to protect their work and income stream. Sad, but like the mp3 pirates there are plenty who swipe our work from the net for their own use without paying.

  3. I understand that there’s a countervailing pressure, but I just hope that artists realize that by doing they deter pirates, but they also cost themselves fans and customers.

  4. I understand the reasoning behind it, but watermarking is a horrible idea.

    The people who “steal” pics are very, very rarely the same ones who would pay for a pic in the first place. In fact, watermarking stuff likely eliminates the potential allowing people to reproduce the pics online and gain a ton of free publicity.

    Instead of watermarking, simply release a low res image suitable for Flickr.

    Definitely a cool shot, though.

  5. I agree with the low res and smallish image size. Get’s the point across and still not really useable for much for the odd person stealing it.

  6. Not everything should be a money-making experience. The watermark plus the small image doesn’t make this a very compelling picture. Maybe it is, but I’d have to think it out. This “delicate light into the hearts and souls” (!) needs a damn power boost.

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