The downtown L.A. skyline in 1951, 1979 and 2014. Our image specialist Scott Harrison found the unpublished 1979 negative and decided to match it from the same spot: the top of City Hall. He added a photo from 1951 for comparison.

"Also of interest," he writes, “the 1951 photo was shot on 4 x 5 sheet film, the 1979 photo on 35 mm film and the current photo on an iPhone.”

Photos, from top: Ellis R. Bosworth / Associated Press, Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times, Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

A huge swell generated by Hurricane Marie is sending dozens of surfers and bodyboarders to the SoCal beaches today.

Photos: Top and bottom by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; middle by Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The United States has decided that monkey selfies can’t be copyrighted.
Photo credit: The monkey you see above. Although pointing this out is apparently unnecessary. 

The United States has decided that monkey selfies can’t be copyrighted.

Photo credit: The monkey you see above. Although pointing this out is apparently unnecessary. 

"Families are on the move today, leaving their homes in the outlying areas of Gaza and into shelters and relatives’ homes closer to the center of Gaza. You can see carts pulled by donkeys carrying whole families; from small children to grandparents."

Our photographer Carolyn Cole is documenting the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Photos: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

"Generally I am not that ostentatious. It just seems like it is bad form to be bragging. But what the hell": Meet the Hollywood cameraman who insists he invented the celebrity selfie in 1981. He’s got a collection of selfies with people like Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Charlton Heston, Renee Zellweger that have come since he took his first one with humorist Art Buchwald.
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

"Generally I am not that ostentatious. It just seems like it is bad form to be bragging. But what the hell": Meet the Hollywood cameraman who insists he invented the celebrity selfie in 1981. He’s got a collection of selfies with people like Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Charlton Heston, Renee Zellweger that have come since he took his first one with humorist Art Buchwald.

Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

stevebev:

The clouds over Los Angeles cleared up just enough to snap a picture of the Blood Moon.

Nice shot, Steven. This photo was our pick today for our Southern California Moments project. 

stevebev:

The clouds over Los Angeles cleared up just enough to snap a picture of the Blood Moon.

Nice shot, Steven. This photo was our pick today for our Southern California Moments project. 

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California’s calamitous drought drags on

It’s dry in California - historically dry. Water is in short supply, the air is noticeably without moisture, farms are parched and just look at the photo above of the state’s dwindling snow cover. It pretty much speaks for itself.

Meanwhile, various interests are turning to the political realm to try and ensure they get theirs when it comes to H2O.

And the drought has been particularly harsh on agriculture:

Ranchers have begun liquidating herds. Growers are considering tearing out thirsty tree crops such as nut orchards and citrus groves. And tens of thousands of additional acres of prime California soil could go unplanted if farmers don’t get enough water to irrigate them.

Read more on the drought’s effect on California here.

Photos: David McNew / Getty Images, Frederic J. Brown / Associated Press, NOAA, Randall Benton / Los Angeles Times

bobbycaputo:

Watch Nine Years of Olympic Preparation in Six Seconds
Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

bobbycaputo:

Watch Nine Years of Olympic Preparation in Six Seconds

Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

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losangelespast:

A daredevil in golfing attire traipses along a steel beam high above the street during construction of the Los Angeles City Hall, 1927. The Hall of Justice and the old courthouse can be seen in the background.

losangelespast:

A daredevil in golfing attire traipses along a steel beam high above the street during construction of the Los Angeles City Hall, 1927. The Hall of Justice and the old courthouse can be seen in the background.

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Leonardo DiCaprio though the years

A teen heartthrob who became one of the most accomplished actors of his generation, DiCaprio’s life has been thoroughly documented on film and in photos - above is just a sampling of Times photographers’ experiences with the star.

Photos: Kirk McCoy, Wally Skalij, Genaro Molina, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

latimespast:

Top this, Bruno Mars. At Super Bowl I, played in Los Angeles, the halftime entertainment was a blast. Scott Harrison at Framework has the story. The Seahawks and Broncos face off today in Super Bowl XLVIII. Mr. Mars is the halftime entertainment.
— Matt Ballinger
Previously on L.A. Times Past:
The Rose Bowl, host of five Super Bowls
Super Bowl I, Packers defeat Chiefs in Los Angeles
Photo: The Bell Rocket Air Men soar above the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the Super Bowl I halftime show, titled “Super Sights and Sounds.” Credit: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

As good as Bruno Mars’ performance was last night, it’s hard to top jetpacks.

latimespast:

Top this, Bruno Mars. At Super Bowl I, played in Los Angeles, the halftime entertainment was a blast. Scott Harrison at Framework has the story. The Seahawks and Broncos face off today in Super Bowl XLVIII. Mr. Mars is the halftime entertainment.

Matt Ballinger

Previously on L.A. Times Past:

The Rose Bowl, host of five Super Bowls

Super Bowl I, Packers defeat Chiefs in Los Angeles

Photo: The Bell Rocket Air Men soar above the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the Super Bowl I halftime show, titled “Super Sights and Sounds.” Credit: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

As good as Bruno Mars’ performance was last night, it’s hard to top jetpacks.

test reblogged from latimespast

Foggy Hill Street tunnels
A look at the Hill Street tunnels, seen from Temple Street in downtown L.A., circa 1954.
Photo: Howard Maxwell / Los Angeles Times

Foggy Hill Street tunnels

A look at the Hill Street tunnels, seen from Temple Street in downtown L.A., circa 1954.

Photo: Howard Maxwell / Los Angeles Times

The underwater photography of Chris Burkard

Central California-based photographer Burkard recently sat down with Framework for a Q&A on his kinetic work, his favorite locations and some insider knowledge about the difficulties of taking photos under water.

Check out the full interview, and take a deep dive into his work right here.

Photos: Chris Burkard

The dusty decimation of California’s drought

California’s longstanding drought has escalated in recent months, with 62.7% of the state now in what the Department of Agriculture deems “extreme” conditions.

But in few places is it as easily visualized as in the area surrounding the vanishing Cachuma Lake, which has become one of the most prominent victims of the lack of rain.

In years past, the spot where Bozarth was standing was under 30, 40, even 50 feet of water. It wasn’t all that long ago that Cachuma “spilled” — filled to the brim, to the point where millions of gallons of clean, fresh water was released through the dam’s gates and cast into the sea, a display of surplus that is laughable today.

That was only three years ago. Now, said Tom Fayram, Santa Barbara County’s deputy public works director, “it’s just empty.”

Read reporter Scott Gold’s full story here.

Photos: Brian van der Brug, Lorena Iñiguez Elebee / Los Angeles Times

A tiny, retro run-in with the law
From a 1970 story we ran on some highly restrictive anti-motorbike measures that brought an 11-year-old boy at odds with the law:

Randy West, 11, took it like a man Wednesday – his first brush with the law and the news that his favorite minibike trails were off limits.
The sandy-haired youngster was one of the first to receive a warning citation from police as the result of a new ordinance which places virtually insurmountable restrictions on use of private property for motorcycle or minibike riding in the city.
“If it’s the law, you gotta obey it,” said Randy moments after receiving the warning citation for riding his minibike on a popular trail between Huntington Center and the San Diego Freeway.

Photo: Cliff Otto / Los Angeles Times

A tiny, retro run-in with the law

From a 1970 story we ran on some highly restrictive anti-motorbike measures that brought an 11-year-old boy at odds with the law:

Randy West, 11, took it like a man Wednesday – his first brush with the law and the news that his favorite minibike trails were off limits.

The sandy-haired youngster was one of the first to receive a warning citation from police as the result of a new ordinance which places virtually insurmountable restrictions on use of private property for motorcycle or minibike riding in the city.

“If it’s the law, you gotta obey it,” said Randy moments after receiving the warning citation for riding his minibike on a popular trail between Huntington Center and the San Diego Freeway.

Photo: Cliff Otto / Los Angeles Times