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. Minimal digital enhancement such as graffiti removal, etc.

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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.


Dead calm shattered as I climbed down the escarpment. Every footstep crunched, cracked and clacked. Loose rocks tumbled and crashed. Zup-zip-zup-zip of my arms against my jacket amplified a hundred times.

Enough noise! I froze still and listened for silence. Grateful relief lasted seconds, replaced with the sound of high pressure steam. Stop breathing!





NO, NO! NOW what?!! Choosha-choosha-choosha-choosha!!

I'm absolutely still, holding my breath. What is that? A huge factory in the middle of the desert? Clamping my hands over my ears made it worse! How could that be?

It was my blood... pumping, pumping, pumping.

Thinking about it consumed every thing. CHOOsha-CHOOsha-CHOOsha-CHOOsha. I. could. not. escape! Claustrophobia!

I turned around and quickly scrambled back up the trail, this time dragging my shoes heavily against the loose rocks. "C'mon noise!" I yelled. Stones clacking, arms rubbing hard against my jacket, I cursed, yelled and sang out loud.

Finally, the unstoppable became... unnoticeable.

If rocks could talk.

Nikon F camera, 24mm Nikkor lens, Kodachrome 25, drum scan. No digital modification of the original image.

Beach Runner - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
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, Kodak TechnoPan 120 film, drum scan. No digital modification of the original image.

Sunset Exit - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Sunset Exit

Hollywood Freeway at the Cahuenga/Gower exit to Sunset Boulevard.


Concrete,  stucco, cars,

patches of Nature preserved.

Sunset Boulevard.

Fuji GSW690, 65mm Fujinon lens, Fuji 220 Provia film, drum scan. Minimal digital enhancement, such as graffiti removal.

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. No digital modification of the original image.

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. No digital modification of the original image.

Redwood Sunrise - Photograph by Ken Schuster, Old Growth Redwood Grove, California.
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. The colt was gently placed 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.

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Images are available as museum grade prints for private collection and can be licensed for publication and commercial use. Please contact Ken Schuster or purchase online at The Sandbox Gallery.

Redwood Sunrise