I spent a week in the Los Angeles area to cover the 2016 Rose Bowl game and all the hype surrounding the buildup to the for The Gazette. Naturally, the vast majority of photos I took out there were of the Iowa football team. But I thought I’d share a few other shots I took that have no football players in them from the various places I ended up around L.A.
The first pre-Rose Bowl media event was at Disneyland, complete with a band, fake fans, and many media escorts to ensure we didn’t stray from the designed photo op of players, coaches, and cartoon mice.
After photographing the theater of Kirk Ferentz with Mickey Mouse, I turned away from the tightly controlled press area towards the park, and saw the sun setting behind another Mickey Mouse.
Freeway traffic is a constant presence in L.A., and with events all over the city I saw plenty of it from both the rental car and media shuttle bus.
I found myself in Santa Monica one evening shooting some video for a story. Upon completion of that, I walked along Ocean Blvd and photographed the pier.
When the Iowa players visited the Rose Bowl stadium on New Year’s Eve for a walk-through and to take a team photo by its famous sign the outer fence was lined with fans.
Before the Rose Bowl game, I spent the morning of New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. I was primarily there to photograph the Iowa marching band, but I also came across the Albany State marching band in the staging area before the start of the parade route bathed in early morning sunshine.
While the happenings on the field didn't live up to the Iowa fan base's expectations, the sunset provided one last photogenic moment before it was all over. I climbed up into the Stanford section to take a photo of the grandstand. As I neared the top fans started to rise for yet another long run by Christian McCaffery.