Biking is a popular way to get around, and the Venice Beach bike path runs parallel to the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Pedestrians can be ticketed for walking on the bike path but rollerbladers such as these ones hitching a ride enjoy immunity.
Los Angeles – Photo Tip

The secret of street photography

Photo by Larry Brownstein

Los Angeles – Photo Tip The secret of street photography

The first “secret” of street photography is putting in the time. You have to be out there, so that the lucky, strange, exciting and unusual can happen – and happen where you are.

Larry  Brownstein
Larry Brownstein

I go out pretty often with my camera and after a while you develop an extra sense of where to go and where to be. It is like meditation in some ways: on certain days I am really in the moment, really prepared, really present. Those are the days when good things can happen in front of the camera - – like with these shots taken in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

I like to shoot wide angle because getting really close gives an immediacy you don't get from being further away. Some photographers like big lenses because the longer focal length can distinguish their images from those of amateurs, but all a telephoto can do is isolate while with a wide angle every photo can look a little different.

The other secret is to blend in. You need to know how not to annoy people, how to look like you belong. If you give off an aura of “This is my job”, that will go a long way.

Sometimes people do get annoyed and you have to decide how much you are willing to let them be annoyed to get what you want.

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Surfing and skateboarding culture exist side by side in Venice. Much of the design of modern skate parks was driven by local youths who used drained swimming pools to develop the sport during California's long drought of 1976. Photo by Larry Brownstein / Alamy

Larry Brownstein

Larry Brownstein

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Surfing and skateboarding culture exist side by side in Venice. Much of the design of modern skate parks was driven by local youths who used drained swimming pools to develop the sport during California's long drought of 1976.

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