Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier · Santa Monica, CA

How to find us

Meet at the base of the Santa Monica Pier under the north Entrance sign (see photo below)next to Bubba Gump's restaurant at 8:30. Please be prompt!

Location image of event venue


Sorry for the short notice everyone, but I just decided to do this. I've had this image of the Milky Way over the Santa Monica Pier in my head for a while and the darkest skies of the month are happening this weekend. My handy dandy PhotoPills app (thanks, Senthil!) tells me that the stars will literally align (with the pier) roughly between 9pm and midnight. So if anyone wants to join me in trying to make this shot happen or create other night images, come meet me at the base of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:30pm this Sunday evening (Mar 26).
I'm far from a master of night photography and I have no idea how this shot will turn out, but we'll never know unless we try. Light pollution will definitely be a factor but I have a feeling it just might add to the image. I believe we should see the entire arc of the Milky Way over the ocean as well. Lot's of interesting possibilities!

Don't forget your headlamps and tripods. A remote release/timer is also very handy.If you've never done this type of photography before, I suggest googling 'milky way photography tutorial' or 'night photography tutorial' - there are tons of them out there. You can also take a look at some of the night shots from our recent Santa Barbara Meetup ( (below is a great one by Senthil Kumar, our unofficial night photography guru)

Below is a photo of our meeting spot. If you have any trouble finding it, give me a ring[masked].

Hope to see you out there,