Getty entrance at the I-405.
All the work is out of site so the whole thing looks rather benign but the truth is just the opposite. The good news is the work is on schedule. The bad news is this thing will take years.
Some young drivers may spend their entire LA driving career on the 405 and NEVER see the work completed.
I been driving Sepulveda Pass for 50 years and cannot remember when that highway wasn’t a scary drive. Even when it was just a 3-lane road. That’s right 3-lanes. One went north, another south and the middle lane was for passing. Now do that at night in a very heavy rain storm. True nightmare.
And that’s why I take the Metrolink and buses to visit the Getty.
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Another view of the pond at the Getty Center. The last posting from the Getty the photo was taken at the opposite end of this pond.
Still need to get a replacement for a tripod so I can keep the camera steady and pointed in the desired direction. I’m looking but haven’t made a decision.
With this photo and the others I took at early evening in the Getty Center I had to use a table, chair, trash can, or a well placed wall.
Photo was taken at 7 PM at the Getty Center. Problem is no tripods are allowed on the grounds. So you improvise. Moved a chair over into position and fired. Looks OK. I still would have liked some way to keep the camera steady and also aim it properly. Using the chair allowed only limited ability to aim the camera and not so must stability. I’m now looking for a replacement for the tripod that will allow me to aim the camera and offer stability while doing one or two second exposures. Whatever I buy it cannot offend the security people at the museums I visit.
Everyone has a camera so one more photographer taking photos isn’t bothered too much. I did get a few stares but so what. They got the look I got the camera. Works out just fine.
The Getty Center
Can’t bring camera tripods onto the Getty Center grounds. What bunk. Set the camera on top of a trash can and got some interesting results. The exposure for this photo was one second. Results is ghosts.
Speaking of cameras at a museum the Getty guards spent all their time trying to stop visitors from taking photos of the art works. Especially in the photography galleries.
Trouble is it’s really easy to take a photo with the digital camera and the guards are none the wiser.
More night shots coming up in future post.
Landscaping in and around the Getty Center has matured since I was last up there. It looks all grownup now.
Because it rained when I was there we couldn’t tour the Central Garden. That has really matured since my last visit. The show Huell Howser did on the garden was the incentive to visit the Getty this time. The garden was what I really came wanted to see. Didn’t get that chance.
Because so much of the landscaping around the Getty Center had grown to maturity you couldn’t even see the garden from the terraces that overlook the garden.
If you’ve ever been to the Getty Center here in LA you would know that this place and everything in it was chosen by the architect*, Richard Meier. Mr Meier demands everything in it’s place and nothing allowed if not approved by the architect. So to see this black chair was to see something that resists conformity. It follows the path of: Resist Much, Obey Little.
It will probably be punished when found out. Pun intended.
*The exception was the Central Garden. It was designed by the american installation artist, Robert Irwin.