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Challenge: Monuments (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Hollywood, California, USA
Date: Aug 19, 2003
Aperture: 8.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Snapshot, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Aug 20, 2003

Took a shot of the Hollywood sign on the way to the airport at the end of my "vacation" (traveling with four kids).

Hollywoodland was the name of the housing development for which the sign was originally advertising, before it was restored as a landmark for the movie-making neighborhood.

Climbed a little ways up the Hollywood Ridge Trail to get an unobstructed view, albeit enough to the side to run some letters together. This was really just a snapshot, before I even knew the topic of this challenge.

Cropped it from a landscape to portrait view, adjusted the contrast and color a little, resized and sharpened a little.

Here are links to a couple of related signs in the neighborhood:
Gate to Hollywoodland
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Votes: 124
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/30/2003 11:49:08 AM
I think I have seen this shot in several movies and other spots....
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08/27/2003 07:55:41 PM
classic, a little less dead tree and more of that perfect sky would be nice
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08/26/2003 09:36:51 PM
i like this, great contrast -- but you do know that without prior approval, it's not necessarily legal to take photos of the Hollywood sign, right? Weird, but true.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2003 12:24:56 PM
How famous is this!
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08/25/2003 12:53:54 PM
I don't know that I like the snag in the foreground. BTW, you might want to be really careful about using this shot anywhere. I have heard that the city is really anal about who can photograph the sign and for what purpose.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2003 01:57:06 AM
Funny that someone took a picture of this and entered it. I *almost* took a picture of "CHINATOWNLAND" today! :D
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