The last 24 pictures posted were taken on Route 66 and all but the 2nd and 3rd have been posted in date order on our east-west journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. The fabulous trip took nearly three weeks staying in a different motel each night and was organised by PhotoVentures in the UK. Most of the road is now by-passed by interstates and other highways leaving many towns to become ghost towns. Others have thrived using their Route 66 connections to promote tourism.
In 1920 Cyrus Avery led an effort to link Chicago to LA through his home town of Tulsa. Officially commisioned in 1926 it took several years to pave the 'Main Street of America'. In June 1935 the route was extended from downtown LA to its termination point at Santa Monica overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The pier has become the symbolic end for those travelling the famous road. So this is my final picture in the sequence (but have plenty more to post in the future)and although I didn't use a tripod I just had to post another view from Santa Monica pier to mark journey's end. The other picture from the pier is shown here
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cornejo (33312) 2013-08-22 10:13
Hi Ann, lovely night view taken from the pier, very well composed and captured in this photograph very good and nice. An interesting picture from an interesting trip, very good sharpness, depth and quality. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
subhendu_bagchi (25913) 2013-08-22 12:11
It is really a great catch Ana. You did well with light management. Excellent quality generated by hand held at 1/15 shutter speed, where F/6.7 helped a lot to show a clear view of the whole area. Love the giant wheel which you placed in nice position in the frame. Great composition with the reflected colours in water. Well done. Tfs.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-08-22 13:56
beautiful composition showing us the end of the "mother of all roads".The whole series was really great,so I´m glad to read you have more pictures from the Route66 and you´ll post them in the future.
First thing that strikes here is the quality-amazing,that you did not use the tripod here!
I like especially the light and colors creating here so lovely atmosphere.Other thing are these violet reflections in the water-really delightful!
AROBN54 (11473) 2013-08-22 19:06
Another awesome shot, Ann!
Despite the hour, the detail and sharpness are excellent, wonderfully composed with the Ferris wheel to the left of the frame, BEAUTIFUL reflections and a fine note to explain the shot. That trip must have been a marvelous experience. Many thanks and kindest wishes,
dkmurphys (50414) 2013-08-23 1:36
Lovely capture from the beach. The colors of the big wheel are spectacular. Well composed, enjoy a fine day.
Royaldevon (31331) 2013-08-23 2:32
It must have been difficult to decide which of the shots to post. They are both exceptionally strong photographs but each relaying its own mood.
I take your point, the shot you chose was a splendid outpouring of success! The end of a long journey, successfully completed, warrants colourful lights. Your w/s shows a slightly more melancholy scene, perhaps sadness that it has all ended.
Without a tripod, this is an excellent capture, just enough b/g detail and the focal wheel demanding attention both from its reality and its reflection.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-23 2:32
only ever been here during the day so great to see a night shot of this famous pier. Executed perfectly considering hand held, full of atmosphere and sharp pin points of light. Excellent!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Nicou (125180) 2013-08-23 2:35
Avec les reflet sur le plan d'eau quelle compo et vue quelle iamge et captage sueprbe quelle roue lumineuse et ces couleur quelle compo nocturne.
Bravo et amitié
Graal (98660) 2013-08-23 3:06
attractive place and view by night. Good shot. Interesting construction of wheel, nice reflection of light in water. Image is well composed. I like it.
Have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (36718) 2013-08-23 4:12
Hi dear Ann, how are you?
Great night shot with perefct synmetry and perfect reflection. Under exposure makes great positive impact.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good day! Takero
chrisvek (7001) 2013-08-23 4:45
Very wonderful composition with splendid lightning usage and great colors.Nice contrasts and excellent framework.Very well done for your click.
Have a nice day
macjake (57888) 2013-08-23 22:14
well, I have to say that I'm one of the TE members who has 100% fell in love with this roadtrip.
so much so that Tosca and I have talked about doing the trip maybe next year.
As for this photo, its brilliant. Do you know how hard is it to keep those lights under exposed or correctly exposed! so hard indeed. We often get this photo completely burnt out with long exposures, but yours is professional quality - seriously, a job well done!
willperrett (7442) 2013-08-25 6:33
Pretty sweet to capture this without a tripod. I assume the big wheel is the same as I photographed a few years ago here. Trying to work out where you were to get this view. It works a treat.
gildasjan (41826) 2013-08-25 11:51
Une belle réalisation cette image de nuit.L'ensemble est bien cadré,net et parfaitement exposé.Très beau rendu des lumières artificielles.
josepmarin (57833) 2013-08-26 3:05
a fabulous trip across the mythical Route 66, with this spectacular end at the Santa Monica pier.
A fantastic quality of image and a good exposure in spite of the absence of the tripod and the use of a very high ISO value.
I like the subtle light and the beautiful colors of the wheel, with its reflections on the sea.
It's a superb composition.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-08-26 4:46
ti rinnovo i complimenti per il tuo splendido reportage del viaggio lungo la route 66, della quale hai coplto appieno lo spirito e lo hai saputo ben trasmetterealle tue immagini che ci hai proposto di volta in volta.
Con questa hai portato a conclusione il tuo tragitto arrivando a contatto delle acque dell'Oceano Pacifico ed hai scelto una immagine simbolo con le luci della città che si accendono con il buio della notte.
Un'altra immagine splendida e ricca di significati.
Ora ci proporrari altre foto che al momento hai ritenuto di accantonare per tempi futuri e sono in attesa di poterle vedere perchè ho grande ammirazione per la tua capacità di cogliere la bellezza delle cose con una fotografia di alto livello sia intellettuale che qualitativo.
Complimenti per la tua bella attività fotografica e per gli ottimi risultati che sai cogliere con essa.
Ciao, buona giornata e buon inizio di settimana
mjw364 (7512) 2013-08-26 10:05
Colourful shot. Not easy to do in such low light but you pulled it off here and with 1/15th second exposure time too. Well composed.
I replied to your email etc.
photoray (12797) 2013-08-27 8:36
Good to hear you traversed our West via Route 66. And your night view of Santa Monica Pier and ferris wheel is attractive, including the light reflecting onto the Pacific.
Many old timers have fond memories of traveling Highway 66 before the freeways, including me. Our family living in Whittier, California would drive east to Oklahoma every summer for family vacations, and I remember counting jackrabbits and wood crosses (placed where auto accidents claimed lives).
Thanks for sharing,
Silvio1953 (125685) 2013-08-27 11:16
Ciao Ann, fascinating nocturne shot with fantastic reflections, lovely composition with beautiful wheel, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (31287) 2013-09-30 5:20
I have probably mentioned before that I have a huge sentiment for Santa Monica. It was the closest beach for me while I lived in LA for some time. At that time it seems quite ordinary and average among other Californian Beaches but when I visited it 7 years later I had tears in my eyes ;)
Very nice composition with the well illuminated wheel. For my taste the sky is already too dark -I prefer the earlier blue hour and when the sky turns dark blue I pack my camera and go home. But other people keep taking photos through the night even. They have of course an undisputable charm like this one here.