A recent shoot at the Disney Concert Hall

While teaching a photography workshop in Los Angeles recently, I photographed the Walt Disney Concert Hall, along with the workshop participants, on a cloudy morning in downtown LA. As it turns out, the optimum conditions for photographing the concert hall are dark, cloudy days, as can be seen by the images in this blog post. I felt like a kid in a candy store while photographing this incredible building. As many of you know, I don’t fancy myself as an architectural photographer, but with this building it was incredibly easy to get phenomenal images, especially abstract architectural images.

I will say that these images were heavily processed. I created a dark and eerie mood with the processing, which is a bit darker than it actually was when I photographed these buildings but the tone I set in the processing seemed fitting for the building. The concert hall has to be one of the most interesting architectural wonders in the United States. It has been photographed a lot, and many of the images created of this concert hall have won awards in the photo industry. My images were nothing more than a personal experiment. I have wanted to photograph the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles for a long time, and I have even shot it before this excursion, but never with the right conditions.

Taking the time to create photos for myself is always a luxury. I am usually on deadline and under pressure to come up with images the client needs, or what I really aim for are images that leave the client speechless. The hour and a half I spent in downtown Los Angeles photographing this building, along with the participants, was just sheer fun and they all got stellar images as well. To see more images visit the Disney Concert Hall web gallery on my website.

All of these images were shot with a Nikon D800 so that they can be blown up as enormous prints. If you would like a print of any of these images please contact me.

  • Richard Khanlian - Nice work, Michael! The Disney Hall invites being photographed from so many angles, but these are some of the best shots I’ve seen.

  • Karen Novotny - I love these shots. Have to go back to look at what I did 8 years ago and see if I have anything that I still like. Beautiful perspectives.

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