These man-made caves are no stranger to Hollywood movies and TV shows! They’ve played famous roles such as the ‘Bat Cave’ in the classic “Batman” TV series, as well as the surface of distant planets in numerous series of “Star Trek.” Bonus: there’s a picture perfect view of the famous Hollywood Sign!
Wide-angle lens (24mm)
How to get there
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The featured image was taken from within Bronson Cave in the Bronson Canyon. It’s located in the southwest section of Griffith Park, just outside of Hollywood.
Park at the large parking lot just before the end of Canyon Drive. From the trailhead, follow the fire road for 10-15 minutes until you see the large cave at the bottom of a large hill. There are other caves to explore as well!
When to go
The weather is great at Bronson Canyon all year round! If you’re visiting during summer months, definitely bring water and sunscreen as the canyons tend to get hot mid-day.
Try visiting mid-day when the shadows are strongest. This will give your image nice contrast. Visiting during the week is best, as the parking lot tends to fill early, especially on weekends.
By using a wide-angle lens (24mm) you’ll easily be able to frame the cave.
Bring along a model or animal to add character to your image! Experiment with the way the shadows fall on your subject.
Try not to overexpose the area outside the cave. Keeping a high F stop will allow for more depth and background details.
Los Angeles, California
There’s lots to do in the area! Explore the Griffith Park Observatory, hike to the Hollywood Sign, or check out the Museum of Death and Hollywood Walk of Fame.