Sunset on Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory

Shot from the Griffith Observatory

Shot from the Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Shot from the Griffith Observatory

Shot from the Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

We went to the Griffith Observatory, most well known for being the stage for a crucial scene in the movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, AKA Charlie’s Angels 2.  We got there on a Sunday night at sunset and it is quite a popular destination. We were very lucky to find a parking spot close to the top as most of the cars were parked like half a mile down the road. I hauled my tripod just for this purpose so I took series of images at varying exposure levels for HDR merging. Funny enough, the picture that needed HDR the most is the shot the Observatory’s central interior area as the ceiling is really much brighter than its surrounding decorated wall panels.

For the first picture, I was lucky enough that the couple overlooking the city did not move during an entire sequence of long exposures. I really like the human scale element it adds to the image.

I was surprised as the sunsets in L.A. are quite colorful. Are we visualizing the smog in action?

I inserted a gallery as I find the pictures inserted in the post to be really unsharp. They are better viewed from the gallery. Better yet, click on the individual pictures for fuller size viewing.

Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L lens

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9 thoughts on “Sunset on Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory

  1. Beautiful, Ive always wanted to stop by here at the observatory, but never had a chance. Now that I see your pictures, im gonna make it happen this summer in LA.

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