Where In The Heck Did I Snap This Shot?

So with the addition of a negative scanner, I’ve of course been going through sheets of negatives from back in the prehistoric days shooting black and white film — most of which were related to class assignments from the early ’90s. Pulling a sheet out of the batch on my desk I found what looks to be a series of shots that made up a panorama of the San Fernando Valley from a vantage point somehwere atop Mulholland (I’m guessing between Laurel and Coldwater Canyon boulevards).

Then there was one with it that to the naked eye didn’t look to be from a camera pointed at the valley. In fact it looked to be the other direction. Putting it up to the light and under a magnifying loupe, sure enough, that’s an island in the distance out to sea and a couple tankers making their ways northward across the bay (click it to get the bigger picture):

It’s not a good image in the slightest, which is probably why I never printed it up. But what I surmise is that while cruising Mulholland sometime in 1992 or ’93 most likely on my motorcycle on the way to or from the panormama I shot (which didn’t turn out very well either), I spotted this view from a turnout and snapped it because it’s just not every day one can see such a scene. Trouble is, I’m not sure where was this turnout and what things are we seeing. My guess is it’s from a vista point between the Sepulveda Pass and Beverly Glen Boulevard looking out over Bel Air and that’s Catalina Island with a bit of San Clemente to the left of the frame. The buildings seen past the dip in the ridge line are no real help in pinpointing so that’s the best I can come up with.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."