Union Station, Olvera Street & Walt Disney Concert Hall

This field trip is a “walk and shoot” around many of the great Los Angeles locations. We will be leaving Lancaster at 6:30 am on the Metrolink, and/or Palmdale at 6:39 am. It is only $10 on weekends. (http://www.metrolinktrains.com/howtoride/page/title/weekends)

This field trip is a great opportunity for following:
Close up
Abstract
Night Photography
Human Interest
Vehicles
Creative

We will be arriving via the train at Union Station around 9:00 am. For those that want meet up with us at Union Station, the address is 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, and parking is $10. We will meet around 9:30 in the main seating area for a group photograph. This is a combined event with LPA. My phone is[masked]-2201.

I recommend the following, but you are free to explore on your own and enjoy the architecture and trains. The Union Station is a very beautiful place. Think of photographing the ceilings, the tiles, the glass dome, and all the ornate details. No tripods.

We will be walking to Olvera Street, the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, otherwise known as EI Pueblo Historic Monument. This colorful village features 27 historic buildings and a traditional Mexican-style plaza, located at 845 N Alameda St Los Angeles.

We’ll end the trip at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the early evening. It is one of Los Angeles' newest landmarks and is the official home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Disney Hall is unique, with its striking stainless steel exterior and interior featuring warm woods. Consider trying night photography with long exposures. The concert hall is located at 11 S. Grand Los Angeles. They do not allow tripods/lightstands on the grounds.

There are numerous great restaurants in the area. Take time to enjoy a late breakfast or long lunch and make a whole day of it.

The train back to the AV is at 2:25 pm, 4:05 pm, 5:40pm, and the last one is at 8:55 pm. Double check with the Metro in case the times change.

Other locations to consider:
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple Street (at Grand Avenue)
Chinatown
Chinatown is a small area that begins on Broadway just North of Alpine Street. The Mandarin Plaza, 970 N. Broadway, is the center of Chinatown.
Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo is the cultural center for Los Angeles' Japanese residents. Little Tokyo is home to the Japanese American National Museum and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Located Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro and Los Angeles streets.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA If you are into contemporary art, MOCA is your place in Los Angeles. 250 S. Grand Avenue.

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  • Brewster

    Thanks Wade for waiting for me. That was an awesome meetup. I wished I met everyone. So sorry for being late.

    January 21, 2013

    • Douglas W.

      not a problem. This event had no schedule, so no one minded waiting.

      January 21, 2013

  • Jesus

    Won't be able to make it. Got called into work. NEXT TIME!

    January 19, 2013

    • Brewster

      @Jesob..sob..sobsus - I thought your going to guide me? :-( sob...sob...sob...

      January 21, 2013

  • Douglas W.

    It was warmer than expected, but I loved meeting so many new people

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Phil

    Going home on 540. You all still down here?

    January 19, 2013

    • Brewster

      Geoff, Rick, Helen and me were all home.

      1 · January 19, 2013

    • Phil

      home finally ;)

      January 19, 2013

  • Calvin R.

    I was sick as cold, wet dog last night. Sorry

    January 19, 2013

  • Brewster

    Will be a little late by 30mins.

    January 19, 2013

    • Sophie

      I will be at the union station around 9:30. See you all there

      January 19, 2013

  • Debbie E.

    This maybe a silly question but I notice that a lot of places don't allow tripods. Is it even worth carrying one for any other places in the area?

    January 18, 2013

    • Douglas W.

      Union Station and the Disney do not allow them, I think for trip and fall issues. I am bring one. Often I keep the legs closed and get still get stable shoots. I am the kinda of guy that will do the wrong things to be told to stop, but I cannot tell others to do that.

      January 18, 2013

    • Debbie E.

      I will be looking for you all at the station and thanks!

      January 19, 2013

  • Jesus

    This will be my first time attending this group. I'm pretty excited! :)

    January 6, 2013

    • Jesus

      @brewster haha I will guide you!

      1 · January 15, 2013

    • Brewster

      Thank you my L...!

      January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss it! I will be out of town. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

    January 12, 2013

  • Phil

    Sounds great..I love all those places. Hopefully my back will be in better shape by the 19th....

    January 2, 2013

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