Santa Monica Pier + Beach Photowalk

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Santa Monica Pier Carousel

1624 Ocean Front Walk · Santa Monica, CA

How to find us

Meet: At tables behind Santa Monica Pier Carousel.

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Santa Monica Pier + Beach Photowalk
Time: 12:30pm - 3pm
Theme: Location AS Subject
Cost: FREE
Limit: 10 people
Recommended Parking: Lot 2 South. Note that this lot requires you remove your car before sunset.

Meet: At tables behind Santa Monica Pier Carousel

Bring: A tripod (optional). An ND filter if you've got one.

We’re going to do something a little bit different for the next series of Ambulant Photowalks. I’m going to break a full day Los Angeles visit into 3 separate activities/locations, and limit each group to 10 people. We’re also going to do a little more shooting and a little bit less walking, with a focus on finding as many photographable moments as possible in a single location before moving on. (I think that I’ve been a bit to eager to move onto the next location, a habit which has negatively impacted my own work.)

There are THREE photo walks scheduled for this day. As many of you know I make a day of it when I come down to LA and so I'll be here for a good 8-10 hours. You're welcome to join me for as few or as many of these three sessions as you'd like, though I will be limiting each session to 10 people.

*Location AS Subject.* What does that even mean?
I was recently working in Rome, on Easter Sunday. The Vatican was absolutely overwhelmed with tourists and as a location was very difficult to shoot. The question came: how can I tell the story of St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro despite the unavoidable bustle of people? Many answers came back in response to that question, and one that I (personally) want to explore this Saturday involves a tripod and a 3-stop ND filter.

As you all know, the Santa Monica Pier is overrun with tourists, especially on Saturdays -- which is the very point of a tourist attraction. My goal during this photo session is to find the best vantage points around which to build a composition, shoot from a tripod with long exposure settings in order to blur out motion while keeping the background/setting in sharp focus. In this way, I might tell a stronger story of the location without putting undue focus on the tourists shuffling through my frame.

I will be working all over and under the Pier, along Chess Park and the old Muscle Beach, Aerial Rings, etc. I will then drive from Santa Monica to Venice Beach to save time and reduce having to walk back through a dead zone later.

Hit me with any questions here on the Meetup page.