Shooting The Los Angeles Skyline from the Griffith Observatory

Shooting The Los Angeles Skyline from the Griffith Observatory

While being in Los Angeles, I had to go to the Griffith Observatory to photograph the city from above. The views from the observatory are truly stunning, from Downtown Los Angeles to Century City. I planned my trip to be there at sunset, with the sun setting behind

I planned my trip to be there at sunset, with the sun setting behind Century City in the west. The smog helped make the shot:

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

Century Smog

I was then treated to some very nice colors above Downtown LA:

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

Evening Love

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

Is This The End?

I moved to a vertical composition to include the houses below the Griffith Observatory, with Downtown LA in the background.

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

LA Love

I wanted to capture the observatory as well as the city, so I chose a tight composition showing people looking at the city.

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

Griffith Views

Blue hour on Downtown LA was just beautiful. Little tip: to remove some of the smog, I use the dehaze tool in Lightroom.

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

Urban Mania

As you know if you’ve been following my blog, I have a running series of skyline panoramas. I couldn’t leave the Griffith observatory without at least a couple of them. I started with one at sunset and then decided to go wider for the blue hour one, to show the size of the city (click on the images to see large).

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Giving Up

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA

Taking In

2 Comments

  • Angie March 26, 2017 10:48 am

    These are all really great, I especially like the second one

    • Michael Muraz March 26, 2017 11:38 am

      Thanks, Angie!

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