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Here's a great snippet from the LA Sunday Times. People's impression/view of the LA basin from 30,000 feet or so:

The view from 30,000 feet
You're flying into Los Angeles, you look out the window, what do you see?
LA TIMES, April 30, 2006

"An amazing triumph of will, engineering and greed, the horizontal version of New York's skyline, with its own kind of power and beauty, framed by the mountains and ocean."
Joel Kotkin
Irvine senior fellow, New America Foundation

"At night it's a science-fiction wonderland. It feels like some huge, endless, lit-up computer grid with all kinds of magical possibilities. I also think that what you see out the window reflects you and your state of mind. You ask yourself: 'Am I really ready for this?' "
Tim Street-Porter

"When the captain yells out, 'Final descent,' the first thing I do is push the shade up and take a look. I'm always glad to be home. Then I look for the Compton courthouse. When I see that building — which I have been to so many times — then I know where everything else is. That's my landmark. I look for Staples Center and downtown. I check out the traffic on the 405.

"When you're flying over the suburbs, everybody's got a swimming pool. Then the ghetto, as you're getting closer to the airport, you see these blue patches but they're not pools, they're blue tarps for roofs that leak or they're tents for killing termites and roaches, right?

"It's the best city in America and everybody knows it. People come here and they never leave. Some because they're happy here, some because they came chasing a dream and ended up homeless.

"Me, I love it to death."
The Game

"History. Aspirations achieved and thwarted. The commonplace, the place where love and hope is found. I see the only place I know well enough that it matters."
D.J. Waldie

"Our paean to Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Edison: lighted perimeters of right-angled property, full of people and their stories."
William Deverell
professor of history at USC

"When I fly into LAX, I sit on the right side of the plane so I can see downtown, and I feel I'm at home. I'm always amazed how big the city is, especially at night. It's a sea of light."
Wolfgang Puck
chef and restaurateur

"A sprawling mass of humanity on one hand, and on the other, home. I've always felt a visceral sense of being home when I make that flight."
Becky M. Nicolaides
associate professor of history and urban studies and planning, UC San Diego

"The more important question to ask is, 'Who lives here and how do we treat each other?' We treat each other better than New Yorkers treat each other ….New Yorkers are a bunch of goddamn snobs, and you can quote me. In L.A., it's a very free society, very open society, very creative society."
Ray Bradbury

"I see an incredibly complex structure that represents a place that is very confusing to visit but wonderful to live in."
Esa-Pekka Salonen
music director of the
Los Angeles Philharmonic

"That sun! About to extinguish itself in the azure. Low, golden rays backlighting the City of Angels / City of Night. Eventide at the end of the continent — the end point of Western Civilization — and I'm diving in from 35,000 feet, coming hard from the Big Apple into the Big Orange, and it's all golden. And out of the corner of my eye, nose pressed against the window-seat glass, I can just barely glimpse the fluttering wings and amorphous forms of Spanish angels hovering over their city. And I am flying into the sun. Home!"
Ray Manzarek
keyboardist for the Doors



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Those are great images of the City from all angles. I have a few taken at Angeles National Forest just above Pasadena. Not 30,000' but anywhere from 2500'-6000'. I normally ride on Sunday mornings, it's theraphuetic for the few hours away from the family.

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godblessbotox said:

first off i 100% agree with your new under name description

second you sir need to post higher resolution images

^ Sorry...... I just went to Best buy and bought this Nikon camera....... I thought it was like a good quality, guess not!!!!

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Ferneynism said:
^ Sorry...... I just went to Best buy and bought this Nikon camera....... I thought it was like a good quality, guess not!!!!
no no no... your camera is most likely fine, you just need to optimize your pixel dimensions to get the largest image for the 512 mb of file size that photobucket supports... spend a night playing with photoshop and the save for web tool
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