This street scene — it’s Zweet, a sweet shop on Eagle Rock Blvd. — may not seem particularly magical at first, but look closer: it was taken during Magic Hour. The time right around sunset (and dawn too) when the sun is hovering near the horizon offers the kind of light photographers love — softer lighting and lower contrast, which lessens the risk of blown out highlights. When the sun is above the horizon, you get a warm glow, and when it is below the horizon, a cool feel. It’s really a magical time to be out and about with a camera!
We’ve been having pleasantly warm weather in southern California, so I used this week’s Photo Hunt theme of Scoop as an excuse to visit the Eagle Rock Plaza and have a scoop of cookies and cream gelato at Cara Mia. They gave it to me in a cone, but I wanted a cup and they conveniently solved the problem by sticking it upside down in a cup.
Cara Mia is a Filipino chain of gelaterias that began making inroads into the U.S. last year, starting with the Eagle Rock location — a logical locale, considering our large Filipino community and the large number of Filipino shops in the mall. So how was the gelato? It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (I think that was at an awesome place some friends and I found in Denver, CO during a BlogPaws conference). But it was still good! And yes, I did eat the cone.