MacArthur Park





People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.



People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.
People of MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.

The very kind editors at Zocalo Public Square gave me a real photo assignment!: Spend a day at MacArthur Park near downtown Los Angeles and take some pics. One 14 hour day later, here's the photo gallery and text

I actually spent two days at the park. The first day was just a scouting trip for a few hours to check out some potential shots. A couple weeks later, I arrived at the park at 5:15 a.m. and stayed until 7:15 p.m. 

The photos above are a mix from my scout day and the actual assignment day. A few made the final gallery, some were out-takes. As you can see, I really tried to focus on the people. The park's landscape is nice and there are striking views of the downtown skyline. But in the end, I thought it was the people that were the most interesting and I tried to build shots of the park around the people in it. 

As for style, some of these are candids. Other times I mustered up the courage to ask people if I could photograph them. I think I like the photos best of the folks who I asked to pose. They feel a little more personal and maybe a little more honest, although I'm not sure 'honest' is the right word. 

As for equipment, I shot all the pics with my Nikon Df. Most were taken using the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens or the Nikon 70-300mm telephoto. I also used my Nikon 18-35mm 3.5 lens occasionally. What these lenses have in common: they're on the cheaper side but still high quality. 

The entire gallery of shots is on my website. Thanks for looking! 

--S.H.

1 comment:

  1. Nice pics. Congrats. I'll live vicariously through you.

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