Los Angeles: Shooting It Like a Pro

The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles

Travel Stephanie Diani for TIME
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How do you photograph the Hollywood Sign, possibly the most clichéd of all city icons? Diani found an unusual vantage point from the Griffith Park Observatory, where she waited until the sun was low in the sky, giving the scene an evocative monochromatic quality. She mounted a longer lens (50 mm) on her camera to push the geometric shape of the banisters closer to the organic curves of the mountain, framed the sign in the compositional center, then waited for two visitors to walk through.

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