A symbolic picture that marks the end of our three week journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. This picture was taken from Santa Monica Pier which is at the western end of the old Route 66. The lone person in the FG has a metal detector. The picture that I recently uploaded of the 'Bean' in Chicago is very close to the start of the long road (3,945 km or 2451 miles).
Route 66 is fondly called the 'Mother Road' or the 'Main Street of America'. Established in 1926 it was a major east-west migration route. Now largely by-passed by the Interstate highways the once thriving communities are often now just ghost towns.
We travelled as a group of eight keen photographers (organised by Photoventures). Our leader successfully followed the road where it still exists which avoided most of the freeways and allowed us to see a lot of very interesting 'small town' USA.
Now safely home I will start to post pictures of the journey through eight USA states and some of the interesting old characters that we met along the route. Apologies for very little TE critiquing but I had almost no free time on this busy but wonderful trip.
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lousat (95888) 2013-05-12 8:37
Hi Ann,what a great opportunity this moment to take a spectacular pic as a beautiful peinture,great view whit the best exposure to take the best of the colors,great atmosphere of peace and quiet,what i need now..ehehe...have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-12 8:39
A beautiful shot to commemorate the end of the trip, Ann - the light is gorgeous as it catches the waves, and of course we also have the classic beach scene of the old man and his metal detector out looking for treasure!
Really looking forward to seeing your shots from this trip - I'm going to consider it scouting for when I manage to drive at least part of the Mother Road in the future!
tyro (26142) 2013-05-12 8:52
I'm pleased that you're both safely back home after what sounds like a wonderful journey - I'm really looking forward to seeing some interesting shots you took along Route 66!
And what a fabulous picture to mark the end of your journey! A gorgeous sunset with the most delicious warm light and some gorgeous reflections on the sea which almost looks like quicksilver.
Your composition is perfect, the long diagonal of the water's edge leading the eye well into the frame and the solitary silhouetted beachcomber perfectly placed. Fabulous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-05-12 8:59
Beautiful image to end a long journey. I used to drive old Route 66 in the late 1960s, from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, before the interstate highways were built. Love the colors of this sunset and nice to have the person, it added human element to this beautiful scene. Well done, tfs.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-12 9:05
Welcome home Ann - I can't wait to see and hear all about your trip, it must have been so fantastic. Still, it must be nice to pack the suitcase away and sleep in your own bed!
This is superb; a fitting image to end your trip. Excellent detail and light management those colours are sublime.
Take care Rosemary
Nicou (148458) 2013-05-12 9:48
quelle merveilleuse image quelle vue sur cette plage avec les vague le personnage et ce soleil, magique couleur et photo.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (41799) 2013-05-12 9:54
I'm sure you will find your time equally taken up, as you start to file and process your amazing number of shots. The lovely part is, reliving the holiday, as you check and sort everything.
This is a lovely choice, symbolically the end of your journey. The composition is very well judged and uses the water's edge effectively, to lead towards the sunset. The strongly placed figure adds the chance of a storyline.
The colours ... well, what can I say, just stunning!
My warm regards,
carlo62 (53252) 2013-05-12 10:16
il giorno finisce, ma la bella foto rimane.
Bellissime le sfumature sul mare con la splendida presenza della persona.
ourania (49831) 2013-05-12 10:53
a wonderful picture of the long beach and the ocean at sunset. The sense of depth is immense both along the beach and over the sea. I love the way you've captured the end of the day atmosphere through great light management and a fascinating combination of darkness, sheens, pastel tonalities and haze. I also love the textures and the sweeping natural perspectives carrying us through this lovely, romantic ambiance. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
cornejo (45408) 2013-05-12 10:57
Hi Ann, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting final day very well captured in this beautiful image full of peace, with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
siudzi (34141) 2013-05-12 11:35
You are back with such an outstanding post! Love it! The light and colors have been managed and executed perfectly to build this wonderful landscape composition. Excellent work!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-12 12:13
superna inyterpretazione di un bel tramonto sul mare.
Splendida composizione, colori favolosi e nitidezza di gran classe.Un lavoro fatto nella migliore della maniere.
Ciao e buona serata
npecanhuk (76907) 2013-05-12 14:58
Very attractive and meaningful picture!
I loved your note too!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, exposure and colors!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
mcmtanyel (26930) 2013-05-12 20:19
This is a beautiful sunset. Very effective composition, excellent light an color management. A superb picture!
PS - Are you still jet-lagged?
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-05-12 21:32
Nice shot of the Sunset from Los Angeles.Superb light management and clarity of the shot.
Excellent composition, very well done, TFS.
saxo042 (37966) 2013-05-12 23:11
A beautiful sunset picture with fine diagonal lines and a good inclusion of life in form of the treasure hunter (or beach comber?). To drive along Route 66 was also one of my childhood dreams, now I believe I have fulfilled it by driving a part of it, from Gallup, New Mexico to Kingman, Arizona. That will be enough.
But we also finally reached the Pacific.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-13 3:21
nice and appropriate shot to end your R66 journey. Been on part of this famous route but only as far as Arizona but it is a fascinating ride with such varied and stunning scenery. Gorgeous light and warm tones here in this tranquil and beautiful image.
Have a great week - Brian.
williewhistler (16412) 2013-05-13 3:54
Hello Ann,a most appropriate shot to finish off what must have been a fabulous trip.
With all the key elements in the right place in a perfect composition you have used the late evening light to produce a fabulous photograph.
I look forward to viewing more from the trip.
Kind regards Les.
mjw364 (1466) 2013-05-13 8:07
Nice light here in this shot. Nice warm tones. I have been to this place - I found LA somewhat underwhelming to be honest. This though is a nice shot that symbolises well your coast to coast trip ending.
abmdsudi (57168) 2013-05-13 9:39
Quite a romantic shot as nature preparing the way for the evening. The way you composed this definately works superbly with the diagonal foamy waves and the cultured sky hues really add interest. The pretty glowing sun and water sheen with soft pastel shades clinche the shot. Brilliant, a great sunset shot here and it is always nice to sit back and watch the vivid beauty even if only for one quick look. A remarkable shot indeed, My compliments, TFS
bayno (18344) 2013-05-14 8:22
Ciao Ann, i am very curious to know what look in for this people with metal detector...maybe same golden chain ;) anyway the man is important part of the compo, wonderful light and tones, perfect exposure and a good framing...
Cricri (123740) 2013-05-15 22:13
Bonne profondeur de la plage avec la personnage sous des couleurs et instant merveilleux du coucher du soleil, belle réalisation
Ecureuil (530) 2013-05-16 4:17
belle carte postale remplie de douceur et de calme.
Les lumières bassses sont très reposantes et donnent beaucoup de panaches aux couleurs crépusculaires.
Enormément de profondeur pour une vue à l'horizon bien placé.
Hansaphotos (8471) 2013-05-16 5:52
We did travel along some of the old "Mother road" during our vacation in 2011. This is a nice sunset shot from the end point of the classic road. A nice composition with the lonely person walking the beach. Fine colours and a nice mood. Very nice work!
Best regards, Erling
willperrett (11660) 2013-05-16 14:47
Some journey. Some end. Beautiful!
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-05-17 0:37
I think you couldn´t image more beautiful end of the Route 66.It ends as spectacular as it begins among the skyscrapers of Chicago.
This one here is really delightful.The soft and warm light,the way the sun illuminates the Ocean and the lonely person on the beach create together unique and kind of nostalgic mood.
mkamionka (39531) 2013-05-17 5:53
beautiful sight! Santa Monica Mountains add a nice touch on the horizon. I lived nearby for 2-3 years and was a frequent visitor on the Santa Monica Beach. At that time it seemed to me the most boring beach in the area, most touristy. Now from a perspective of 10 years I have almost tears in my eyes looking at this picture.
You caught it with a great light and resulting colors. People with metal detectors are quite a common sight over there.
Gigidusud (21247) 2013-05-21 13:15
Fantastic seascape at Sunset! Wonderful symbolic picture. I like it!
yquem46 (38752) 2013-05-21 13:20
Very nice shot to mark the end of your trip on road 66
Warm sunset colors, good compo with the line of waves in the diagonal and the human presence which makes all the difference in the compo
josepmarin (58359) 2013-06-03 5:35
a beautiful capture at sunset in this emblematic Route 66.
This scene is warm and has a splendid chromatic quality, because of the nice orange tones on the sky and its shines on the ocean. The person in the beach adds a good vital touch into the composition.
An excellent management of exposure and of quality of image.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-06-12 7:25
very beautiful shot...
great colour tone..
excellent sharpness..good POV..
lovely moment & golden light....
beautiful & eye catching beach scene..
COSTANTINO (68182) 2013-08-06 23:03
a romantic sunset dedicated to romantic
people,according to your useful notes
it is a symbolic picture with nstursl
esrm colord,nicr pov and excellent
chosen point of view
have a nice day