: Some stuff from my holiday to California



hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-03-08, 07:02 PM
11 glorious days on your side of the pond!

I've been back in London a week now and I'm just going through my photos and videos, I'll post 'em in this thread...

It was a great trip, taking in LA, San Diego and San Francisco all in a Mustang Convertible hire car.

A SHELBY Mustang to be exact! :bouncy:

After the inevitable "we don't have any Mustangs available, how about a Sebring?" conversation which resulted in a half hour argument, the intervention of the Manageress and some smooth talking, we secured the Shelby with unlimited mileage for just an extra $25 a day over the regular convertible!

Now, I'm a Cadillac man at heart but I have to admit, it was a great bit of kit. Although the engine doesn't have much more power over stock it does sound lovely at 2,500 - 4,500rpm and it handles very well. The downsides are that it's a terrible ride (about the same as my IROC which rides like a tank) and is thus a tiring car to drive. But a lot of fun!!!!

Managed to drop by Penske Cadillac in South Bay, LA and pick up some buts for my STS!

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-03-08, 07:04 PM
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hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-03-08, 07:04 PM
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04-03-08, 07:05 PM
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hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-03-08, 07:07 PM
Some movie stuff:
BACK TO THE FUTURE:

The entrance to Marty's street
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The car from Back to the Future 2
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Docs house in 1955
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Docs workshop in 1955
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WAR OF THE WORLDS:

The aircraft crash site
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PSYCHO:

The house on the hill
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JAWS:

The welcome sign
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BEVERLY HILLS COP 3:

The "alien attack" ride
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KING KONG:

The model ship and island
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DIE HARD:

Fox Plaza aka Nakatomi Tower
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TOP GUN:

Charlie (Kelly McGillis) house
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The Kansas City BBQ Bar in San Diego, where the bar scenes were filmed
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hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-03-08, 07:07 PM
Now it's QUIZ time!!!


These 2 locations are from the opening few minutes of an 80s film, anyone know which one?


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hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-03-08, 07:10 PM
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gary88
04-03-08, 07:52 PM
Great pics, looks like you had an excellent time!

Florian
04-03-08, 11:56 PM
how weird was it driving on the proper side of the road.....? Nice ride by the way...those Hertz Stangs are sweet.
Glad you were able to make it here. How long was your flight? Had to be forever.


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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-04-08, 02:12 AM
Dude, what kind of Camera were you using. Those are some of the most brilliant colors I have seen in a photograph in a long time. You also have a great eye for photography.

I did notice a lot of British people when I went on vacation to California. Why is that? IMO, California was one of the worst vacations I have been on. Granted San Francisco is gorgeous and the PCH is a great drive for scenery, but LA was horrible. Nothing but traffic jams. I think the best vacation I have ever been on was to the Black Hills in South Dakota. There aren't many attractions there, but I am a nature person so I would rather see scenery. The Smokey Mountains were also very near the top of my list.

BTW, I think I know where those pictures of the carousel and the roller coaster are from. I saw an old movie once that was about a man trying to bomb a new steel roller coaster. Can't remember the title of it.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-04-08, 05:28 AM
Thanks, I'm hoping to take it up as a job as I'm fed up of IT...

The camera is a Nikon D200 with 18-200mm Nikon lens and I mostly used it with a polarising filter or graduated neutral density filter. The lens has VR (anti-shake) although I used a tripod for the after dark shots which are generally 30 second exposures. In the camera settings I've set it to max saturation and vivid colours plus I boost the saturation and contrast by around 10% in my editing software afterwards. I love saturated, bold colours and high contrast.


California is popular with us Brits, not as popular as Florida (mainly due to cost and flight times I suppose), I think because we see it so often in Movies and of course that's where the stars live. It gets a good "press" I suppose plus there are all the songs it features in...

San Francisco reminded me of London in comparison to LA due to its narrower streets, general lack of parking and expense. Very interesting city though, especially how it's split into different world "areas" eg China Town, Little Italy etc etc.
It's the second time I've been to LA and I love it although I can't explain why. I shouldn't like it, it's mostly low rise with awful square concrete buildings but on the plus side it has the beach (I love being near the sea) and while traffic can be heavy at times lets face it, I'm used to that living in London, heck, it's a big improvement over what I'm used to. I enjoy driving there as it's designed around the roads, there's generally plenty of parking too. I like the character of Redondo Beach and Santa Monica, plus of course Beverley Hills. It's a very diverse city.
San Diego was nice too, much smarter to look at than LA although I found it a bit more expensive. I could certainly live there though. I passed through Laguna Beach and that seemed nice.

I've been to Miami and southern Florida (the Keys, Everglades, Daytona) and I liked that too. I'v also been to upstate New York (lovely colours in the fall) and Washington but that's about it. I'd like to see Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam etc next. I then want to do a road trip taking in Detroit and Chicago (and also Rochester Minnesota and Pella in Iowa as I once knew someone who lived there).


The flight was a horrible 10 hours+ but it was worth it.
Driving a left hand drive car (my Caddy is right hand drive) was no problem as I also have an 88 Camaro which is left hand drive. Driving on the "other" side of the road was no problem either, I didn't once forget and head the wrong way, hehe. I'll tell you what rules all: Being able to turn kerb to kerb on a red light. Awesome. I wish we had that in the UK. And the traffic lights in LA seemed to be intelligent and change tio green as we approached them if it was light traffic. UK ones will keep you waiting on red even if there's no cross traffic.
The car got a *lot* of attention, in Hollywood when we parked it outside one of the clubs it got more attention than the fancier cars parked around us, people moved out of our way on the PCH and so many people on the street and in other cars were pointing at it. We had a couple of guys in Saleens and Vipers and Vettes give us the thumbs up and generally want us to punch it. Even the bikers seemed to love it.

About the only things I didn't like was the fact that people in LA drive with their cell phones glued to their ear and they can't park for ****. Twice the Shelby got hit in small, tight parking garages. It was painful watching people maneuver in tight places, they just have no idea... Then again I'm used to dealing with parking my STS in London in spots only a couple of feet longer than the car and everything here is so narrow....

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-04-08, 05:29 AM
BTW, I think I know where those pictures of the carousel and the roller coaster are from. I saw an old movie once that was about a man trying to bomb a new steel roller coaster. Can't remember the title of it.

Not the movie I'm thinking of but I know the one you mean. I wonder if that one used this coaster too? Hmm....
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MauiV
04-04-08, 01:06 PM
Lost Boys?

Great pics BTW.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-04-08, 01:45 PM
Yup it was Lost Boys!

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-04-08, 04:00 PM
San Francisco:

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-04-08, 04:11 PM
Dude, you definitely need to make a career in the photo/films department. That vide was like a montage straight out of movie.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
04-04-08, 07:01 PM
Thanks for the encouragement!

I quit my job in IT a month ago and now that I'm back from my vacation I'm hoping to set up some sort of business doing photography (probably amongst other things at least initially). I'd love to do video but my video work is nowhere near up to it and the equipment is too expensive. Maybe in the future though... I find the documentaries like Supersize Me and 10mph quite inspiring though...

Fingers crossed I don't have to go back to IT!

KiwiCadi
04-05-08, 04:46 AM
hardrockcamaro - thats was bloody brilliant mate! As was said before, youre wasting your time and obvious talent in IT!! Your videos have reminded me why the USA is my holiday destination of choice, bar none! I hope to be back and behind the wheel there in '09. (You're making me wish I was there now...............)

CadillacGurl
04-05-08, 12:04 PM
Beautiful photographs and the videos were excellent! You will do very well if you get into the photography/digital cinema business :thumbsup:

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04-05-08, 03:01 PM
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Oh how I despise that city...

Good to hear you enjoyed your trip though! A bunch of amazing photos and it sounds like a helluva good time! Next time you come, look me up and I can show you the REST of California, away from all the people and crazyness and concrete. Up north, in the right places, is freaking beautiful. I'm two hours or less from probably a hundred lakes, half a dozen or more rivers, three or four incredible mountain ranges and every sort of outdoor/mountain/wilderness adventures you could ever think of, short of an african safari...