When the call went out a couple weeks ago for the JLOP to gather in Hollywood for a late-night photo shoot, I was really looking forward to it. As I’ve written about many times in the past, JLOP is the Justice League of Photographers, a group (in the loosest sense of the word) of my photo buddies. “It’s not a club,” as we tell ourselves over and over—no dues, no agendas, no adult leadership.
But the one thing we need to pay a little more attention to is the weather.
My first snap of the night may have been my best. I’d only been standing on the corner of Hollywood and Vine for ten minutes or so waiting for the other guys before I saw the sign and the sign. Yeah, both of them, one behind and reflecting off the other. Duh! Maybe that video on photo composition wasn’t wrong when it said it takes a while to be able to see the things all around you.
Somehow, we hit the Metro station shortly after the others got there and we headed for the west end of Hollywood. A train trip was a different twist on a JLOP assault on Hollywood. Sure. Why not?
Of course, this is the reason the streets clear when we walk down them. That’s Bryan Frank of the befrank blog on the left, and Erik Oginski of StudioOG on the right. Check their online sites to see some of their impressive work.
It turned out the train stations did pretty well for things you wouldn’t otherwise see unless you were looking hard for them—like the film-reel ceiling in the Hollywood-Vine station. But truth be told, I was looking at the station ceiling because it had started raining outside, and the ornamental sidewalk of the Hall of Fame had become pretty slippery. None of us were worried enough about the foreboding clouds to put on any foul-weather gear. I had on slick-bottom casual shoes that threatened to slip out from under me with every step.
When that happens, about all you can do is catch the shots that don’t require you to walk.