Ridin’ the Red Line Rails and Shootin’ Up the Stations

 

This will be the next in the series of weekday F/Stops photo excursions around the LA area (except that this particular one will meet, for ease of parking, on a Saturday). As always, it is designed to be an informal opportunity for photography as well as a chance to interact among our fellow photographers.

On Saturday, March 23rd at 09:00am, we will meet at the North Hollywood Redline Station. We will gather at the street level entrance to the underground before descending down the escalators.

This will be a little different from our normal one-stop meet-ups in that we will be travelling from station to station. We will photograph station platform areas and then continue on to another station. Each of the stations is designed differently, has a unique personality and is a really good subject for pictures. I doubt that we will hit every station from North Hollywood to Union Station but we can photograph a good number of them. We’ll have about 24 minutes at each station we stop at. We will not be in a rush and can be very flexible with our time. The trains run every 12 minutes.

Some info:
1.There is no parking fee and there are about 650 free spaces. (On weekdays it’s impossible to find a space. That’s why this is scheduled for a Saturday.)

2. The all-day Metro Pass is $5.00. The pass is put on a little plastic card called a TAP card. If you have one already, bring it. If you don’t, the machine will issue you one (that you keep) for an extra dollar.

3. For anyone unfamiliar with the procedure, we will discuss the ticketing process before we head down the escalator.

4. There will be some walking, escalators and a few stairs.

5. I have found out that tripods are not allowed. It was my mistake in saying that they were OK. Also, no flash photography is allowed.
6. Please go to http://www.metro.net/riding/maps/red-line/
to get the North Hollywood Station address and other Red Line information.

7. If you want to get an idea about the stations, go to http://www.metro.net/about/art/ and click on the Red Line and various stations. You can also Google Image search “Metro Red Line Stations”.
8.
If anyone wants to carpool, I recommend meeting at Woodley Park for an 8:15am departure. Meet me at the parking lot that is on Woodley Ave, a quarter of a mile south of Victory Blvd on the east side of the street. Look for my orange Honda Element. It's easy to spot.
9. Contact me, John Grusd, via email at [masked] if you have any questions.

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  • Roy

    Outside Hollywood and Highland station

    March 24, 2013

  • Mary G.

    Just saw the photos that were posted - wow! Some of them took my breath away. Just one question: where did you find the Disney and Marvel comics characters?

    March 24, 2013

  • Dianne

    I finally made it to my first event. What a fun day! I'm looking forward to other shoots. I posted some of my pics to Facebook.

    March 24, 2013

    • John G.

      You can upload them to the Meet-Up page too!

      March 24, 2013

    • Dianne

      I added several. The day made me realize how much I want to get beyond "point and shoot" photography. Thanks for the day.

      March 24, 2013

  • Mary G.

    I've been wanting to do this for a long time. It was really a lot of fun. Thanks, John and Carla! And it was great to meet the other people there.

    March 24, 2013

  • John G.

    Fun Day! Plenty of stuff to shoot. No? The uploaded photos are really good! (OK. some of them are mine but I mean the other ones.)

    March 24, 2013

    • Richard

      Enjoyed your images. Looking forward to more of this.

      March 24, 2013

  • Rebecca

    thanks John!

    March 23, 2013

    • John G.

      You're welcome! I looked for you at Union Station before we left but it looks like you did just fine on your own. Very nice pics!

      1 · March 24, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Oh no problem it was great to meet everyone but I had a feeling it would be too hard to try to keep the ducks together anyway! Thanks like your photos too! Can't wait to see everyone else's.

      March 24, 2013

  • Joyce

    You laid out the plan beautifully but when I arrived at 8:45 there was no one to be seen either upstairs on the street level, or downstairs at the entrance to the trains. I waited 45 minutes. Where did I go wrong? Was the event called off?

    March 23, 2013

    • John G.

      Nope. The event wasn't called off. We're sorry you missed us! I'm not sure how you didn't see us. There was a bunch of us, all with cameras and camera bags directly in front of the main street level entrance. I got there at about 8:45 and at least 7 of us stayed in front of the entrance until 9:30. I'm guessing nearly 20 people showed up, I handed everybody a page of info and sent them on in smaller groups. Have you adjusted your clocks for daylight savings? (just kidding)

      March 23, 2013

    • John G.

      Another possibility is you went to the Universal City station instead of the North Hollywood station?

      March 24, 2013

  • rick S.

    had a really good time

    March 23, 2013

  • Tracey

    This was a wonderful idea. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and I'm glad I went. Richard, thanks for letting me tag along with you.

    March 23, 2013

  • henry n.

    good idea

    March 23, 2013

  • Richard

    It was a nice experience. Made a new "photo buddy"!

    March 23, 2013

  • Roy

    Great experience!

    March 23, 2013

  • Rion M.

    This was a good choice. Met a lot of nice fellow photogs and access on and off was easy. A mechanical problem at the next station in line prevented me to continue on but since it was so easy, I'll be going on my own in the near future.

    March 23, 2013

  • Aida

    Guys, I am so sorry for late notification, but I can not make it today (((( have a great time there and I will join you next time!

    March 23, 2013

  • Terry M.

    john, couldn't 'post' the card I have ...sending it to your email. I'll bring a few extra copies.
    ...Terry

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to go. What about uni-pods? Are they OK? Where do I get a copy of the Photogs rights? Thanks

    March 18, 2013

    • John G.

      The Metro Photo rules are at http://www.metro.net/­. Click on the Code of Conduct icon and a pdf will load. A little less than half way down are the rules for photography.

      March 22, 2013

    • Terry M.

      John, I believe that we will be OK ....There is information on the web regarding photographers rights. It seems that throughout the US you are allowed to photograph things or events that you can see from a public point. This is a basic 'right'. The only conflict I could find is that we have 'limited' rights regarding photographing US Defense Installations. I found a web video showing a Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy attempting to detain a photographer on the LA Metro ....The deputy action was later ruled 'out of order' by his own superiors. Attached is a small card that I made up, it may be useful to others.

      March 22, 2013

  • Brewster

    I may not make it. I need to redeem my eye glasses at 10AM at Cosco In Van Nuys. I think there is no way I can catch up the event.

    March 22, 2013

  • Brewster

    Pls have some extra 30 mins for late attendee.

    March 20, 2013

  • Brewster

    I'm excited to meet new memebers.

    March 4, 2013

  • Eilish H.

    Sounds terrific, sorry to miss it but have another class Saturday mornings. Thanks.

    March 3, 2013

  • John G.

    I have found out that tripods are not allowed. It was my mistake in saying that they were OK. Thanks to the folks who asked the question. Also, no flash photography is allowed.

    February 26, 2013

  • Bruce L.

    Weekdays ??

    Looks like it should read weekend.

    How about some of these outings actually on weekdays(M-F)?

    bl

    February 25, 2013

    • John G.

      Yup. Maybe I wasn't clear enough in the description. The reason for the Saturday is because it is impossible to find parking at or near the Metro station on a weekday. I want it to be easy to get to the initial meeting place. Most of my other meet ups are on weekdays but if there is a good logistic reason for doing one on a weekend, then we'll do it on the weekend.

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you sure about tripods being allowed?

    February 26, 2013

  • KGPhoto

    Make sure to down load the photographer's rights card to have with you in case they try to arrest you for taking pictures.

    February 25, 2013

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