Los Angeles' Downtown high-rise skyline photographed towards northwest from Pershing Square at Olive Street.
The picture includes (from left to right):
The Biltmore Tower (1987/104m/340ft) added on top of the Biltmore Hotel, the most famous hotel in Los Angeles - and where I stayed!
The US Bank Tower (1990/310m/1018ft), aka. the Library Tower, the tallest building in Los Angeles and built to withstand the rigors of an 8.3 quake, which is regarded as the "maximum possible event"!
The Gas Company Tower (1991/228m/749ft) Los Angeles' fourth tallest bulding, also depicted here.
The KPMG Tower (1983/171m/560ft) at the Wells Fargo Center - standing behind...
...the PacBell Microwave Tower (1961/137m/448ft) on top of the colorfully decorated Madison Complex - the telecommunications switching station for the 213 area code. It was used for microwave transmissions, until the introduction of fiber optic in the late 1990s, and was for many years the highest structure in the LA skyline.
The Wells Fargo Tower (1983/220m/723ft) Los Angeles' 7th tallest building.
Two California Plaza (1992/229m/750ft) Los Angeles' third tallest building, with a water court and dancing fountains on the ground level.
Until 1964 there was a city ordinance forbidding buildings over 13 floors, due to the earthquake threat, making City Hall the tallest building!
Today is quite a different view!
PS: Do you see the flag?
Post pro: Ran autolevels, resized, USM 150/1.2/6, framed and saved for Web.
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Ebbe (9617) 2004-03-16 15:07
A tricolor of blue, white and brick and I think it is the combination of just three clear colors that makes the picture. Funny angle.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-03-16 15:23
This one is excellent, Kaj. A textbook North American cityscape taken from a fine angle. I like the predominance of blue in your very crisp and well-lit shot, and the reflection of the PacBell and Gas Company towers in the windows of Two Calif. Plaza is a real treat. As you can tell from the lengthy sentence I just wrote, your note makes for an A+ cityguide here ;-)
P.S. I think I see a (really small) flag on top of the US Bank Tower ...
pamastro (7290) 2004-03-16 23:54
Though I have not been to Los Angeles I have really liked the photos I have seen of its skyline. The downtown seems to have some nice buildings and some of my favorites are seen here, the Gas Company Tower and Library Tower and 2 Calif. Plaza. The perspective is great. Really gives the upward emphasis of this shot and the height of the buildings. Also crowds them together in a nice dense but still open look. The light colors adds to that. After a few minutes I did find the flag. The wispy cloud is great, too. Kind of looks like really thick, giant, cigarette smoke coming from Library Tower. Very nicely photographed.
orme (7215) 2004-03-17 1:09
A brilliant shot, Kaj. The colours and clarity are excellent. I like the various different architectural styles that you have managed to captured in just one shot. Good angle and well framed. A perfect note.
digi-mom (1064) 2004-03-17 9:34
Fantastic sharp colors and shapes. Ditto everyone else on blues, perspective, and architecture. I also really love your informative note with dates! and links you provided. And I learned something - I thought LA was always hazy. Thanks for this beautiful cityscape.
zto (292) 2004-03-17 15:32
Wow what a note. You have defenatly done your home work :) I have tried to take pictures of a sky skraper, or should i say tall building, but i'm nevre happy with the result. (Let's face it, we don't have sky skrapers in Sweden ;))
This one is good, you covered a lot in a sigle frame. Wish that the whole US Bank was in the picture though. But, still nice.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2434)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-02
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-2000Z
- Exposure: f/7.0, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Southern California in Spring 2003
- Theme(s): Houses mixed up, Tallest Buildings in the World, TE Trieste exhibition: “Viaggiando Immaginando” [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-03-16 14:45
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