Photographing Scripp's Pier

San Diego La Jolla Shores

Added by Connor Morris

  • 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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Chillin, Photography

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Year Round



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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How to Get There

about 1 year ago

Great spot for long exposures

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.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Even though this isn't a "walking" pier, the lights and colors and views are amazing. Stop here to watch the sunset before heading in to DT La Jolla for dinner.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year 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.

about 1 year ago

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