My Small Town by Steve  Buffington

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Los Angeles, a small town nestled in the heart of the Southern California “Alps”.

(Taken with a Nikon D300 using a Nikkor 300mm f4 lens at ISO 200, f14 at 5 different shutter speeds, which were then combined into an HDR image in the program Photomatix).

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  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 4 years ago

    Stunning shot and viewpoint my friend, amazing skyline. Small town, ha ha, came over to your small town a few years ago, have relatives that live in Northridge, I think.

  • Thanks Paul. I was patient on this one. I knew the view to take, but this shot is with a telephoto about 5 or 6 miles away as the crow flies and the haze in the LA basin is always in the way at this distance. And then, finally, my schedule coincided with a recent rain. Yes, there is a Northridge. Famous now for its 1994 earth quake that rocked us all!—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 4 years ago

    This is very nice…..not seen very often any more.

  • Hello Rany and thank you. You are right. I had to time it right after a rain. Later that afternoon it was hazy again!—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning, Steve. The mountains and clouds behind the buildings are almost miraculous.

    The skyline is now gorgeous. But I remember going to downtown L.A. in about 1978 or 1980. There were maybe 3 buildings downtown and only 1 halfway tall one. I could not believe that it was the downtown of a major city! (living in Houston). But it’s grown beautiful skyscrapers since then. Whooo! Huge fav!

  • Thanks Fran. and yes, LA has grown up! When I first saw the city proper of this huge city I could not believe how small it was. But its gotten to be a nice cityscape now. And the smog is better now. Back in the early 80s I don’t think I would ever see it this clear.—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture….LA only a small town LOL Compared to the mountains it sure is!!! WOW!! :D

  • LOL. Thanks Cee. Well, a little tongue in cheek never hurt anyone.—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you Sylvia. My patience for a clear day paid off!—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Hello Trish and thanks.—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 4 years ago

    Ah, one of thosse rare days in Los Angeles! I remember seeing that sight a few times while I lived there! LOL Great capture!

  • Thanks Barb. It is indeed rare. I was out there shortly after it had rained (I had been waiting for months for the right timing on this) and even then the haze was starting to build up. On this shot, the city is about 5 miles away from me, but the mountains are probably 20. So any haze makes it tough.—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 4 years ago

    FUNNY! My goodness, I’m going to have to dress for the “Alps” when I come out for a visit.

  • Ha, I could hear your laugh through the computer Cora. Yes, bring your parka.—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

  • Catherine Fenner
    Catherine Fennerover 4 years ago

    Great technique.

  • Thank you Catherine. I personally had not seen a telephoto shot of this scene, which makes the mountains look like they are right behind the city (when in fact they are miles and miles behind it). So that is why I chose this one.—Steve

    – Steve Buffington

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