The Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, was created to carry raw sewage beyond the wave breaks. Ahh, nice opening huh? Probably not what you were expecting. 7 years after it opened, it stopped its sewage service. The pier is now a Los Angeles icon. Thousands of locals and tourists flock to it daily.
In 1922 the carousel was built, I bet it was long after that the Santa Monica hotels started popping up. When I go there for photos, I park at shutters on the beach and then walk around from there. It’s a nice place to start and end a photo walk.
The pier of course is located on Santa Monica Beach and ironically Santa Monica is not a relative of Santa Claus. Ok, enough of this fantastically awful intro to the Santa Monica Pier.
Here are my shots from the different times I visited the pier:
Most of the night shots of the pier were shot just within an hour after sundown. I didn’t realize that cars were allowed so far out on the pier at night. I popped up the tripod and set up quickly for a long exposure.
Under the santa Monica Pier. When you’re there it’s very difficult to see under the pier like this. I didn’t know what it looked like until I processed the images and then saw how much intricate woodwork goes into building a pier.
This woman had the same idea for a shot that I had, at the same time. I was setup and I saw her on the shore. I kept saying to myself, “No please… just stay clear for a few minutes.” But because I was saying to myself she didn’t hear me. That’s ok though, I think this image is better with her in it. She had wandered out to water’s edge, and set up, but then a larger wave splashed up the shoreline and because it was dark you couldn’t really see the water until it was over your feet. Luckily she was as crazy as I am, and neither of us moved.
This is one of the many Los Angeles Hotels. This is the Shore hotel in Santa Monica California, I usually park a few hotels up from this place, mainly because I enjoy the brief walk to the pier.
Here’s a link to more Los Angeles hotels in the area. If you need to get a map to the pier the Santa Monica Pier Address is: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
One final image. This is the shot of the lady in the water from earlier. Here I enjoyed testing the waters with some new tools and this was the resulting image. I think it turned out nice and gave me a different look and feel than from the previous image. I rarely keep 2 images that are the same but with different processing, but in this case, I enjoyed the result enough to keep it.
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