Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica Place - Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Place – Santa Monica, California

As I explained yesterday, the family was looking for a place to eat dinner. We were tired and stayed at the mall. Thankfully, we didn’t settle for the food court. There was a surprisingly decent sit-down restaurant inside Nordstrom, an upscale department store chain. It wasn’t uncomfortably fancy, but nice enough to get a great meal. Perhaps I was tempering my expectations, but the food and the experience exceeded.

Reinvigorated, we briefly toured the mall before exploring downtown Santa Monica. As malls go, Santa Monica Place was better than most. It was an outdoor mall fitting in with Southern California. The palm tree is another sign of a warm climate establishment. The downtown stores almost seemed like an extension of this place. Pre-pandemic and during the Christmas holiday, the area was booming with activity.

Photographically, I used the wide-angle on the Olympus to take in as much as possible. It’s busy composition, and I tried to balance elements within the curvy architecture. The picture, however, doesn’t work as well as yesterday’s. In retrospect, I should have shifted my framing more to the left. Which would have given more room to the palm and better truncated the curved elements on the right.

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