California Impressions

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Golden Freeway - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Golden Hollywood Freeway

Hollywood Freeway near Barham Blvd., Los Angeles, California. The setting sun projected silhouettes of vehicles, and their tinted glass, onto the wall.


Fuji GSW690 camera, 65mm Fujinon, Fuji 220 Provia film, drum scan.

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Zabriskie Dawn

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California.

Rising sun and setting moon shared the sky. Colors and shadows changed continuously.

​I had heard that claustrophobia can be triggered by absolute silence, but in wide open space like this? I wanted to find out for myself.


My footsteps shattered the dead calm as I hiked down the escarpment. Loose rocks tumbled, clacked and crashed. Zup-zip-zup-zip of my arms rubbing against my Nylon jacket amplified a hundred times.

Enough noise! I froze still and waited for silence.




Relief lasted seconds, replaced by my steam engine breathing.


Stop breathing!

Okay... finally... quiet...


Oh, no! NOW what?!!

Choosha, choosha, choosha, choosha.

I'm standing stock still, holding my breath. What the heck is that? A monstrous factory in the middle of the desert? Holding my hands over my ears makes it worse! How can that be?

It was my blood pump-ing, pump-ing, pump-ing past my eardrum.

It consumed ev. ree. thing.

CHOOsha, CHOOsha, CHOOsha, CHOOsha. I. could. not. ess. cape!

I whipped around and scrambled back up the hill, this time stomping hard and kicking loose rocks. I shouted, "C'mon noise!"  Stones ricocheted.  My jacket zupped and zipped like a washboard. I cursed. I yelled. I sang out loud.


By the time I got to my car, the unstoppable finally became... unnoticeable.

If rocks could talk.

Nikon F camera, 24mm Nikkor lens, Kodachrome 25, drum scan.

Photograph by Ken Schuster of beach and ocean at Big Sur, CA.
Beach Runner

Near Big Sur, California. From the cliffs above the ocean, I was focused on the changing patterns of sea foam and beach tonalities. Suddenly this jogger ran through and gave the scene scale.

Hasselblad EL/M camera, 150mm Zeiss lens, Kodak TechnoPan 120 film, drum scan.

Hollywood freeway at the Cahuenga-Gower exit to Sunset Boulevard.
Hollywood Sunset

Hollywood Freeway at the Cahuenga/Gower exit to Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.


Concrete,  stucco, cars,

patches of Nature preserved.

Hollywood and Vine.

Fuji GSW690, 65mm Fujinon lens, Fuji 220 Provia film, drum scan.

Tilt-a-Whirl - Photograph by Ken Schuster.

Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, California. These kids were on their third ride on this thing!

Nikon F camera, 24mm Nikkor lens, Kodak Ektachrome 64 film, drum scan.

Rapid Transit - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Rapid Transit

Hollywood Freeway underpass bus stop. Like most things in Hollywood, paint covers reality.

Fuji GSW690 camera, 65mm Fujinon lens, Fuji 220 Provia film, drum scan.

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Redwood Sunrise

It's hard to believe, but this is exactly the way it looked... except for the colt who lived near the entrance to this old-growth redwood grove. I wanted to remember the grove and the colt in one image.

In this part of coastal northern California, foggy mornings are almost guaranteed. 

Fuji GSW690 III camera, 65mm Fujinon lens, Fuji 220 Provia film, drum scan. I photographed the colt and gently placed him into position with Photoshop.

L.A. - Photograph by Ken Schuster.

Ventura Freeway over/under pass, Sherman Oaks, California.


Remember those children's books with cut-out images that unfolded in a 3-D effect as you opened the pages? That is "L.A."

Fuji GSW690 camera, 65mm Fujinon lens, Kodak Plus-X 220 black &white film, drum scan. Dimensional effects and coloring created with Photoshop.

SPF 80 - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
SPF 80

It was a blindingly bright day at Venice Beach in the late 1960s. These ladies were decades ahead of sun block.

Nikon F camera, 105mm Nikkor lens, Kodak Plus-X 35mm film.