West Coast Aerial Photography Blog

 

Saturday was a beautiful day with hugh crowds and good surf for the "US Open of Surfing" in Huntington Beach.  Also happening on the sand was the "Converse Coastal Carnage"  pro/am skateboarding competition.   Here are some aerial photographs of the events and of the incredible beaches we have in Southern California.

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Most of my aerial photography work is in California, but last week I was fortunate to be working in Oahu, Hawaii.  I rented an airplane out of Honolulu and flew around the island while on the way to my photo site.  The first thing you fly over is Waikiki with all the high rise hotels and traffic.  However, once you pass Diamond Head and go up to the North Shore, the true beauty of the island appears.  The clear blue ocean and white sand beaches against the lush green mountains is an incredible view. We ended the flight over Pearl Harbor with the Arizona Memorial, and just before the 4th of July, it was a sobering, but proud, experience.  To recover from all this hard work, the next day was spent in the ocean.  Here are some aerial photographs of Hawaii with this first one  of the North West corner of Oahu only accesible by dirt roads.

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The LA King's win in the Stanley Cup was celebrated with a big parade in Downtown Los Angeles, which ended at the Staples Center.  There were a lot of fans out celebrating with the team.  You can see one of the LA Kings holding the Stanley Cup on the semi truck in the second picture. 

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The weather for Memorial Day was spectacular and it looked like many people took advantage of it.  The cemeteries were packed with people paying their respects to fallen soldiers.  There is a powerful tribute right next to the Santa Monica pier, called Arlington West.  It is composed of crosses for soldiers that have died during the recent wars.  Here is a gallery of  aerial photographs from the National Cemetery in West Los Angeles and from the Santa Monica beach.

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The Amgen Tour of California is one of the most important professional bike races in the United States. This year it started up in Santa Rosa, through Central California and the finish was at the Staples Center, LA Live after 5 laps around downtown. It is a lot of fun following the cyclists around all the downtown buildings and they look really fast even from the air!!! Here are a few pictures during the last few laps of the race.

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There is something very magical about flying over Los Angeles at night. With so many colorful lights, it's hard not to fly around and explore. This first picture and gallery are of night operations at the Port of Los Angeles. The next picture is looking at the activity at LAX and the gallery has other nighttime city pictures..

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Yesterday was opening day for the Dodgers, which was on the 50th Anniversary of Major League Baseball being played at Dodger Stadium. With new owners for the Dodgers, including Magic Johnson, this should be an exciting season. Here is an aerial view of 2 F-18 flying over just after the National Anthem performed by the Beach Boys.

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San Diego is a very pretty city surrounded by water, from San Diego Bay to Mission Bay to La Jolla. Here are some aerial photographs showing the city, Petco stadium, Coronado bridge and the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar.

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Today is the 84th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Red Carpet is covering all of Hollywood Blvd to Highland Ave, where both streets have been shut down for about a week in preparation for this event. Here is what it looks like from above.

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I was up in the San Francisco Bay area recently and flew over the City of Oakland. It is a major port on the East Bay just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Here is a picture of Lake Merritt which is a wildlife refuge estuary just east of downtown Oakland. The next picture is looking out across the bay to San Francisco, with the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. What a beautiful area!!!

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