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Supermoon in Los Angeles

Astro Photography in LA and the Supermoon

It has been two and a half years since I embarked on this adventurous and ever-challenging project of documenting Los Angeles using the time-lapse photography technique. From scouting locations, planning, waiting for perfect weather conditions (which are rare in LA) to hiking and driving so many miles throughout the city always looking for a good photography spot, the whole experience has been just amazing.

In the very beginning I thought to myself that this was going to be easy and fun. I was wrong about the easy part. Doing this has been difficult and exhausting, both mentally and physically. However, I wouldn’t change anything that has happened to me over the past 30 months (not even the encounters with bobcats and a bear). And I will continue on this journey as the list of photo sequences and ideas for this project just keeps growing.

Los Angeles From The Verdugo Mountains
Panoramic view of Los Angeles from the Verdugo Mountains

The feedback we have received since the first video was released on Valentine’s Day 2013, has been significant: from the people who always wanted to visit Los Angeles or those who have been to the city several times or the ones who decided against moving from Los Angeles after watching our videos. This has made me realize how powerful one’s artwork can be.

In my opinion, the third installment of the series, TimeLAX 03, looks richer and more exciting than the previous two videos. We are showcasing popular and unpopular landmarks such as the “Water Tower” in Whittier, the “Watts Towers” located in the City of Watts, and the “Antenna Farm” located in Mount Wilson. I also dedicated special time to feature the Vincent Thomas Bridge where director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder) committed suicide in 2012.

Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro
Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro

I had the good fortune of being allowed to get to the rooftop of the clubhouse at the StubHub Center during the LA Galaxy & Columbus Crew soccer match on the Fourth of July, 2013, thanks to Kristen Anderson who believed in this project from the very beginning. Her patience and willingness to have the StubHub Center featured in this video means a lot!

StubHub Center, 4th of July, 2013
StubHub Center, 4th of July, 2013

I also have to thank Joe Regis, Tom Taitt, and Sabrina Thomas from the KLCS/PBS TV Station who made all the arrangements for me to get to the rooftop of the Los Angeles Unified School District building, which has an amazing view of what I call “The Core” of Downtown LA. During the period this video was shot, the moon was visible in many different ways such as the so-called “Super Moon” which looks 15% bigger than a regular full moon, the “Strawberry Moon”, the “Red Moon” and the “Buck Moon”. That’s the reason I decided to incorporate astrophotography using a telescope adapter for DSLR cameras to capture the moon with all its details. With this adapter, a telescope becomes the lens of the camera. In view of this project not being sponsored by any brand or business, no details about the cameras we use, the type of lenses & telescope, nor the specifications of the telescope adapter, accessories and filters will be disclosed. I know that many of you will feel disappointed after reading this but that’s the world we live in. Producing these videos is a very expensive task.

Downtown From The Rooftop of the Los Angeles Unified School District Building
Downtown from the rooftop of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) building

After completing this third video I can say that this is just the beginning. There is more to come.

And as I always say, I hope you enjoy the trip while watching the TimeLAX videos!

Ralph.

2 thoughts on “Astro Photography in LA and the Supermoon

  1. Hi,

    My name is Eileen from E&R Entertainment Group. We are a media and entertainment company base in Los Angeles. We found your time-lapse photography on website, and we love it very much! We want to ask if it’s okay to use it on our website? How shall we work this out?

    Thank you!

    Best regards,
    Eileen
    Digital Media Strategist
    E&R Entertainment Group

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