Photographing Hospitals Reef

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Added by Tiffany Nguyen

The dynamic rocky shoreline provides awesome photographic opportunities. Take a walk through some unique sections of rock that look like the moon’s craters. Best time to photograph is during sunset or when the tide is low, revealing an abundance of tide pools.

Hospitals Reef is a photographer’s paradise. San Diego is known for its many beaches, but Hospitals Reef is one of my favorites to photograph. It’s easy to see why when you get there. The unique rocky shoreline is home to many unusual and wonderful sights.

There is a section of rocks filled with potholes which resemble the craters of the moon. During low tide on calm days, these craters are filled with water reflecting the clouds in the sky above. Located just south of Wipeout Beach, Hospitals Beach is also known for snorkeling and surfing. During low tide there is an abundance of tide pools and great shelling along the coast, where you’ll often times see divers during lobster season.

This location offers endless opportunities for creative composition with the many rocky features present. When walking across the rocks, exercise caution and be sure to have sandals or shoes with good traction as some rocks are coated with algae and can be very slippery. If you come during sunset, be sure to get there a little early because you’ll have to compete with a line of photographers all trying to post up at the perfect spot to catch the sunset.

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5 months ago

Great photo spot

A great spot to take photos. Especially beautiful at sunset

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9 months ago

Sunset and animals

Beautiful place to watch the sunset, with occasional animal sightings!! So much fun to be had here.

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10 months ago

Great photos!

This is an amazing spot to capture the ocean at its finest.

Great place for sunset and landscape photos!

Make sure to bring your tripod and some ND filters. This place can have them most amazing sunsets. Love this location. But beware, if you don't like to shoot with others, this may not be the place for you. Because its so easily accessible and beautiful, it attracts many amateurs and professionals alike. Happy Shooting!

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over 5 years ago

Photos!

Tiffany has the best photos of this place...whether you're there to surf, snorkel, dive or just hang out, it's a gem in La Jolla.

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