Just Above Sunset
Volume 5, Number 10
March 11, 2007

Shiny Black

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

"Notes on how things seem from out here in Hollywood..."

Ah, shiny black cars parked down on Melrose Avenue on a Sunday afternoon, owned by young men in their early twenties.  These hollow-eyed fellows with shaved heads were covered in tattoos and sporting large diamond earrings - and they weren't too happy having anyone photograph their rides.  Angry words were exchanged, and vows of some sort of retribution made - in quite questionable grammar, but clear enough.  How they came by the funds for such vehicles is a mystery, or not.  There are many ways for anyone to become amazingly wealthy in Los Angeles.

The Maserati Quattroporte in context -

Maserati Quattroporte

Interestingly, an armored Quattroporte was donated to the President of Italy in 2004 in a special tone of blue - intended to recall the color of the Maserati Quattroporte the then President of the Italian Republic, Sandro Pertini, used as his official state car during his presidency in the mid-1980s - and a Maserati Quattroporte of the same color was purchased in 2005 by the Embassy of Italy to the United States for the official transportation of the Italian Ambassador. Out here they serve a different purpose.

Something also shiny and black, just across the street -

Hot Rod - Melrose Avenue

The black Bentley coupe, with trees -

Bentley coupe

A reference shot of the Bentley - the cause of the altercation with the fellow in the blue shirt in the café shot -

Bentley coupe

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me.

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

[Shiny Black]

Last updated Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:30 pm Pacific Time

All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 - Alan M. Pavlik