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Movers and Shakers of Los Angeles
08-MAY-2008

Movers and Shakers of Los Angeles

One year ago, a massive fire spread across the landscape of Griffith Park, the crown jewel of open space in the city of Los Angeles. A celebration this morning in the park marked the heroic efforts to put out the flames. On hand, among many dignitaries, were the mayor, Antonio Villaraigo (on the left), councilman Tom LeBonge, and the director of city parks, Jon Mukri.

The public was invited, and a few, like me, showed up. Most of those present had a connection with the park or the city. Everyone enjoyed the speeches, the special guests, the display of fire engines, a flyover by water-dropping helicopters (the tanks were dry today), and the food.

I haven't made many photos of this sort since I worked as a newspaper photographer and reporter in the early 1970s. This was a pleasant moment in the life of a city, and I didn't need a press pass to record it.

Nikon D70s ,Nikon 18-200mm VR
1/400s f/5.6 at 170.0mm ISO 200 full exif

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sunlightpix11-Jun-2008 21:16
Interesting, the politicians make speeches and crowd to the front for their photos, while the park ranger is bareley present in the background.
Phil Douglis09-May-2008 20:39
Your image is probably more expressive than the ones that appeared of this event in the local press. That's because most local news photography is usually very literal, but your image is rich in spontaneous emotion, gesture, and incongruously matched reactions, with the city flag implied for context.
Debbie Blackburn Beierle09-May-2008 06:25
Excellent candid capture of this event! Excellent lighting and details.
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