A 100-year old pier with a carousel, ferris wheel, rides, arcades, performers, food, people and an aquarium. There's a trapeze school, and fishermen. Lets shoot near and on the Santa Monica Pier before sunset and into the night! There is lots to see and photograph at and near the pier. So much to see during the day and then take a break for an early evening meal and come back for sunset shots.
For those of you with questions, yes it is legal to photograph at the pier. Tripods have to be folded as monopods when on the pier. You will be approached by security and asked if you are professional. Answer no and they will give you a sticker to wear (so you are not asked by the next security person). (Filming/Photography for Commercial purposes requires a permit.)
If you'd like to attend, please sign up below so we have an idea of how many to expect.
There is a great place to park on Santa Monica Place Mall Corner of 4th & Broadway 5pm - 2am: $3 flat fee. If that parking is full here is a list of other parking structures around the promenade : Parking Structures.
Sunset is at 8:00pm so lets get there before so you can pick your spot for the giant ball to drop into the ocean. Twilight ends at 8:30.
Shooting into the sun’s direction is a great opportunity to learn to shoot long exposures and how light plays.
For this shooting what you will need to bring:
- Shutter release
- Wide angle lens