Photo Essay – Riding down a Stormy day on the 405

Photo Essay – Riding down a Stormy day on the 405

Every day I take a bus down the 405, known infamously as the busiest Freeway in the United states. I figured this week I’d experiment and create a photo essay of sorts that describes my trip down the 405 through the rain. To make it clear, I WAS NOT DRIVING WHEN I TOOK THE SHOTS. 

The 405 stretches from the San Fernando Valley to Irvine in Orange County.

Starting our journey

One ramp alone sees more than 283,000 cars a year on average. 

Ascending into Oblivion








The section of the 405 most infamous for traffic is between Ventura Blvd and LAX. It’s called the Sepulveda Pass. Personally, I like to refer to it as the Devil’s Parking Lot.

The power plant hidden in the clouds (I don’t really know what it is.)

Often times, this freeway gets so jammed up that what would take 10 minutes in good traffic becomes 30-45 minutes.

In the carpool lane just after reaching the summit.









This freeway has been severely clogged, even in the dead of night. I’ve personally seen it jammed at 12am.

Driving into the foggy depths








The Getty Center is at the top of the pass, a free museum (except for the $10 parking fee)

The tram station for the Getty








Past LAX, traffic is generally normal except for Rush Hour.

Several times during the tip I had to fight the windshield wipers as they did their thing.









The infamous car chase involving OJ Simpson and his Bronco took place on the 405. Normally most car chases are fast, but the 405 ensured it would be slow for all parties.

When everyone is off the bus but your stop is the end of the line.


Off the freeway, arriving at work

The bus I take runs through UCLA and finally at the building where my firm is. Generally I have time to have breakfast before I clock in. Then after work, it’s back on the bus for a return trip.

Let me know if you want to write about that. The pictures will be better, I promise you.