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  Rancho Palos Verdes - Dominator shipwreck - by Jim Zuckerman  
 
The Dominator was a Greek freighter that ran aground in 1961. The rusted hulk of this shipwreck is scattered along a half mile of the shoreline, and it makes a unique picture especially since it's so close to Los Angeles. Very few people know about this, and it's worth the effort to get there if you like photographing graphic designs in rusted metal.
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Directions From Redondo Beach, drive south on Highway 1 to Palos Verdes Blvd and head south. This turns into Palos Verdes Blvd. West. Turn right on Via Corta, then right again at Via Arroyo. Finally a left on Paseo Del Mar. Park on the right side of the street at Flat Rock Point, just before you reach Via Horcada. Take the dirt access road that will take you down to the shoreline. (Lat:33.79692 Lon:-118.40671)
Season Any month
Time of day Any time
Recommended SubjectsThe rusted hulk of the ship and its parts.
GearYou will need a wide-angle lens and a telephoto for tight, graphic shots of the interesting rusted parts of the ship. You don't really need a tripod unless you want to do macro work or use a wide-angle lens very close to a foreground.
Other Nearby ResourcesLong Beach is right next door to Rancho Palos Verdes. There, you can photograph the Queen Mary, and there is also a very good aquarium for excellent underwater photography.
ContactsPalos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve (310) 378-0383
Camera StoreThere are tons of camera stores in L.A. Samy's Camera is the biggest with several locations: http://www.samys.com/stores.php
WarningsWear good hiking boots, because walking on the rocks along the shore requires good support. Also, make sure you protect your equipment for any contact with salt water.
Link #1Rancho Palos Verdes - Vacations, Tourism, Etc.
 Link #2Rancho Palos Verdes Hotels, Motels
 Link #3Long Beach Travel Guide
View Map LocationLos Angeles, California
 Date Created6/19/2007 6:14:29 AM
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Ride Your Bike To Work.

Use your muscles to power you along your commute instead of gas. Bicycling is amazing in that it's one of the few machines where you can be both the passenger and the engine. If you go this route, be safe and wear bright clothing. Also, use flashing lights especially if you might find yourself in low-light. When I ride to work, I use a flashing tail light on my bike at all times and wear a bright yellow windbreaker to both keep me warm and make it easier for drivers to notice me. And I'll tell you, riding to work has another benefit, in addition to being good to Planet Earth: I get to cruise right on by all those traffic jams.

 

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