Those of you who know me know that I shoot up at the Griffith Park Trails A LOT. In fact, I’d say a good half of my photos lately have been shot up there simply because I live so close to it and… well, it looks amazing. There are a ton of different looking locations within the area, so it’s easy to make it look unique each time. I usually like to shoot here during sunset because I love the golden glow with the wheatfields.
One day, though, my friend Marlena and I were literally fighting time trying to get up here. We were aiming to shoot during sunset as always, but the traffic getting up the trail was unexpectedly horrible! The sun was setting rapidly and I was getting anxious about missing the “good light.” However, I’m really glad we didn’t end up giving up and turning back, because what we ended up getting turned out to be quite magical. Marlena was explaining to me that the lighting after sunset is called “magic hour.” For good reason. These photos speak for themselves! During this time, there’s just a tad of light left behind, but muted at the same time to exude a darker glow. If you’re looking to accentuate your tan in photos, this is the perfect time to shoot! 🙂
I love a good poncho during summer sunsets because it’s light and keeps me warm and cozy. It also adds interesting texture to a simple look. This one features a cool monochromatic pattern, finished with loose tassels for the ultimate bohemian fantasy. Under the poncho, I’m wearing an everyday fitted tank and denim shorts. Since the base of the outfit was so basic, I had to finish the look with a little something extra — my beloved lace-up espadrilles!
Poncho – American Eagle Outfitters (sold out, latest style here, or similar here)
Tank – American Eagle Outfitters
Denim Shorts – American Eagle Outfitters
Lace-Up Espadrilles – Lola Shoetique
Watch – Skagen
Have you shot during magic hour? What are your thoughts on it?
Photos by Marlena Pearl