Posts Tagged ‘photography’
Doors Fan? We’ll Open our Tour Van Doors Here for You
The Morrison Hotel Gallery is the perfect destination to suggest to your private Los Angeles tour guide after you have been downtown to see the original Morrison Hotel (or what’s left of it, quite a contrast to the celebrity homes we see in Beverly Hills). Devoted fans of the 60′s rock group icon will remember the album cover photographed at the now defunct hotel, a photo you can see at the gallery. Jim Morrison wanted to shoot his next album cover in the hotel (I’m sure you can see why) but the staff declined to permit it. So, Jim and the guys snuck in and “stole” the picture. The back of album photo was taken nearby at what was then the Hard Rock Café, a name purloined later to start a rocking hamburger joint in London, now a widely recognized restaurant worldwide. The Morrison Hotel Gallery was opened in this century in SoHo and opened later here in Los Angeles in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood (on the Sunset Strip). The gallery specializes in rock ‘n roll photography, then and now. As photographers you can understand why we cherish the gallery. We bring our music lovers here often after a visit to the Grammy Museum, also in downtown Los Angeles.
The Kid Gets Kick Out of Hollywood Sign on Private Tour
As many times as we have photographed our private Los Angeles tour guests up around the Hollywood Sign we KNOW we have not seen all the variations on poses our guests are likely to do when their pictures are taken, later to be included in our photo album for them of their custom tour. We have several “vista” points we take our guests to to enjoy the view of the sign and Lake Hollywood and, atmospherics permitting, the Pacific coastline, maybe even Santa Catalina Island (winter months only).
Great Photographs Mark Hollywood Tour
Among the many things we do so well on our private Los Angeles tours is capture great photographs. We know our guests love that we take these photos because we generally have the best camera in the van (prosumer digital SLR camera) and we take so many photographs every day that we really do know how and where (and when) to get the best shots of the area and of our guests. Each of them have extensive digital photo albums after their tour to share with family and friends. This photo was taken from a hilltop in Griffith Park on a perfectly clear evening looking out toward Santa Monica Bay. Palm Trees — so Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Do you know who else loves our photographs? Our followers at Pinterest.
A Private Los Angeles Tour Vista Point Photo
So many nice days in southern California just demand that we cruise along Mulholland Drive atop Hollywood and Beverly Hills to take photographs for and of our private Los Angeles tour guests enjoying all the sightseeing offered by our grand city. This particular photograph captures not only the San Fernando Valley but Universal, Warner Brothers and in the distance Disney Studios all in one image (look for the water towers). Billions and billions of dollars in filmmaking revenue comes from this area alone. For almost 100 years Hollywood studios have been a major industry in Los Angeles and continue to produce when nearby aircraft and automobile factories are now gone. We expect the studios will continue to produce our filmed entertainment for centuries to come.
The Pinterest Pin Our Fans Most Love to Pin
It really is no surprise to see the photograph that gets the most attention, and by a huge proportion, on our Elite Adventure Tours Pinterest page. For those of you unfamiliar with the relatively new website, Pinterest allows the collection and organization of images (videos, too), and then the social sharing of those images. Since we have high quality digital SLR cameras aboard all our tour vehicles (helicopters, yachts and Segways, too!) we capture hundreds of great photographs of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and other nearby destinations (some not so nearby) every week. Our private Los Angeles tour guests take home photo albums but we hoard many of the best photos for use on our blog and social media pages (Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest).
Our most popular Pinterest photograph….
Our Los Angeles luxury tour business depends on our cameras (Nikon D90s). We photograph everything and our drivers and guides all must carry the cameras everywhere. Today we are plugging the Blackrapid company whose straps we use. We never worry about the camera falling off, that’s for sure. The strap also carries extra memory cards, lens wipes and other small doodads which we might need when out photographing our guests by the Hollywood sign but are away from the vehicle with our camera case. Let me also mention, it is an extremely comfortable adjustable strap. Having worn one for hours on a long tour day I can say that never once was I bothered by the camera strap. All our drivers would say that. All our guides are as handsome as the model above.