• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

An incredible pier to shoot at many angles. Excellent for sunset shots. A great beach to chill out afterwards.

Parking is easy, there are tons of random street you can park on just a little walk away. Be sure to arrive on scene at least an hour before sunset. Make sure to look up the sunset time and the weather forecast. Clouds will make for the most dramatic images with the most color from the sunset. Expect other photographers there being it is a very popular photographed pier. I got there several hours before for a quick surf session and then setup my tripod to stake out my spot I wanted. Getting there early is important so you get the spot you desire before someone else has it or is in the way. Play around with Neutral Density filters and take some long exposures after the sun is down. Also be prepared to get a little wet!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • ND filters
  • Wide angle lens
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Snacks (hot chocolate)
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I stayed in La Jolla this last summer one night and came across this adventure on the Outbound. It's such an amazing place. I tried to go at sunset, but the place was packed with photographers. I came back at sunrise the next morning, and I had the whole place to myself. I'd highly recommend checking this place out at sunrise and sunset.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Grab your camera, a tripod and remote sensor if you have it and be prepared for some amazing colors.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Be prepared to deal with many others taking pics from family portraits, to others...just be considerate to others. There will be those who come last minute and feel they are entitled while others have been waiting patiently.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

You can't actually walk out on the pier (it's a research facility), but you can wander around the beach and get some sweet long exposure shots underneath the bridge.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

This pier is seriously my go to spot for photographs! whether it's to shoot different products or people. It's also the PERFECT spot to hang your hammock!! The most relaxing and amazing experience of my life just hangin' in my hammock under this pier.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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