I spent a few days in California recently for work. We stayed at cool, old hotel on Hollywood Blvd. One morning, I took a wander with my camera. I had slept a little longer than I had planned, so the sun was a little further up than I had wanted. Despite the strong light, I was able to get some decent images.
These were created with the Canon 7D and the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS lens.