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Surfer’s View of Scripps Pier Perfect Sunset, Solar Alignment, La Jolla

San Diego

Twice each year, the sun sets perfectly centered in the long thin window of the Scripps Research Pier pilings. Photographing this event is frankly rather formulaic and straightforward, to the point that people pack the narrow space on the shore between the pier pilings well before the sunset to ensure they have a “spot” when the sun lines up. It’s not a secret photo op nor is it spontaneous, but it is a striking and fleeting sight to see. I met a couple photographer buddies for one of the lineup evenings in 2013 and managed to photograph it reasonably well: Scripps Pier Sunset Perfect Solar Alignment, La Jolla, San Diego, California. This year I gave the matter some thought and realized I just couldn’t bring myself to do the same photo over again, especially with the crowd that forms. How to do it differently and with at least a modicum of spontaneity and physical challenge?

Scripps Pier solstice, surfer's view from among the waves, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier. Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier solstice, surfer’s view from among the waves, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier. Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset.
Image ID: 30150
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

After pondering it for a while I realized leaving the shore was really the only option. I spent three afternoons recently photographing the pier using one of my water cam setups — a custom-made surf housing for my Canon 5D Mark III — along with a few pieces of simple but secret equipment to make it all possible. Shooting it from the surfline is pretty tough, the pier does not move of course but the water moves and thus so do I. The sun is only centered below the far end of the pier for a short while, perhaps 30 seconds or less, and getting the camera reasonably high up off the water while positioning the pilings where I wanted them and keeping them vertical was tougher than I thought I would be. The nice part was that even though the solar alignment that makes these sunsets special only really occurred one of the three evenings (and was probably not properly aligned had I been shooting from the shore), it was still great to get wet and enjoy the surf and I landed some new views of the pier I have known since 1981 (ok, including the older pier and this new one). This photograph was the image from that effort with which I am happiest; it seems to capture dark shadows that settle under the pier rapidly as the sun disappears, the thin pastel colors in the clouds, and rapidly moving wavelets of water reverberating through the pilings. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Scripps Pier, Clouds and Surf, Black and White, La Jolla, California

California, La Jolla

Scripps Pier, La Jolla, California. Cloudy day and small surf. This image was photographed with the relatively new Sony A7R camera. I am really impressed with this camera. If you follow my photography you may know I am not a black and white art photographer, but in this case it seemed to suggest itself. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier, La Jolla, California

Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier.
Image ID: 29130
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Dawn at the Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

California, San Diego

I recently sold a beautiful 60″ print of “Dawn at the Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego” for display in a client’s home. I’ve had images presented in quite a few print publications, museums, aquariums, etc. but the most rewarding sale is to a client who wishes to include my photography in their home since it means the image has the same sort of impact on my client that it does on me. I have not kept count but I know that I’ve had at least a few dozen print requests over the years for images of places where couples have become engaged. Each one of my images has an emotional significance for me — I can usually remember the moment I pressed the shutter release for each of my photos as well as the people I was with at the time, even for photographs made underwater 20+ years ago — and I feel successful if my image also has a similar gravity for its viewer.

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.
Image ID: 27389
Location: San Diego, California, USA

The Ocean Beach Pier is one of my favorite piers, with a stark structure and clean geometrical lines. Here are a few images of the Ocean Beach Pier shot within the last few years, all available as large prints should you be interested. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.
Image ID: 27387
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.
Image ID: 27391
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.  Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma extend off to the south, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long. Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma extend off to the south.
Image ID: 22459
Location: San Diego, California, USA

See also my photos of the other four ocean piers in San Diego County:

Scripps Institute of Oceanography Research Pier photos
Crystal Pier photos
Oceanside Pier photos
Imperial Beach Pier photos

Oceanside Pier Photos

California

The Oceanside Municipal Pier is located at the end of Mission Avenue in Oceanside, California. The area has a bit of a gritty look to it but don’t let that dissuade you from visiting, the Oceanside Pier is frequented by families, surfers, dog walkers, locals, fishermen and tourists day and night. Ruby’s Diner lies at the end of the pier, a great place to take the kids for a burger and a shake and to get a view of the coastline at sunset. Brown pelicans, long habituated to handouts from fisherman, are often found idling on the railings of the pier and make for an easy photo. Dawn light usually paints the area in cool colors, blues and purples, and there is rarely anyone around at that time. Sunset, on the other hand, has the more classic golden state look to it, with many people lining the pier, the beach and the boardwalk enjoying the end of the day. I have sold a number of nice prints of the Oceanside Pier to clients, and return several times each year in an effort to make new images of this southern California icon. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night.  Oceanside

Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night. Oceanside.
Image ID: 14628
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA

Oceanside Pier at sunset, clouds and palm trees with a brilliant sky at dusk

Oceanside Pier at sunset, clouds and palm trees with a brilliant sky at dusk.
Image ID: 27610
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA

Oceanside Pier at Dawn

Oceanside Pier at Dawn
Image ID: 28878
Location: Oceanside, California, USA

Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night.  Oceanside

Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night. Oceanside.
Image ID: 14629
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA

California brown pelican on Oceanside Pier, sitting on the pier railing, sunset, winter, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus

California brown pelican on Oceanside Pier, sitting on the pier railing, sunset, winter.
Image ID: 27603
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA

See also my photos of all five of the ocean piers in San Diego County:

Ocean Beach Pier photos
Scripps Institute of Oceanography Research Pier photos
Crystal Pier photos
Oceanside Pier photos
Imperial Beach Pier photos

Scripps Pier Sunset Perfect Solar Alignment, La Jolla, San Diego, California

La Jolla, San Diego, Seascapes

SIO Pier Sunset with Sun Framed Within the Pier Pilings

Occasionally the setting sun will be perfectly framed within the pilings the Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier. This is what the perfect solar alignment through the SIO Pier pilings looks like — it is a spectacular sight! Contact me to inquire about a print for your home or office of this iconic San Diego icon, captured at the peak moment of a rare celestial event. This image is available up to 54″ high x 36″ wide, presented on canvas, metal and traditional photographic substrates. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier.
Image ID: 28478
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Imperial Beach Pier

San Diego

The Imperial Beach Pier is an old, charismatic wooden pier reaching out in the lovely Pacific from that funky and most-southerly city in California: Imperial Beach. The Imperial Beach Pier, of “I.B. Pier”, was most recently built in 1989. It is 1491′ long and 24′ wide and situated in water that is approximately 20′ deep. I like photographing the ocean and coastlines at dawn, and recently made a trip down to the Imperial Beach Pier to photograph it over the holidays. If you like these, see a few other Imperial Beach Pier photos. Thanks for looking!

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,
Image ID: 27414
Location: Imperial Beach, California, USA

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,
Image ID: 27411
Location: Imperial Beach, California, USA

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,
Image ID: 27417
Location: Imperial Beach, California, USA

See also my photos of the other four ocean piers in San Diego County:

Ocean Beach Pier photos
Scripps Institute of Oceanography Research Pier photos
Crystal Pier photos
Oceanside Pier photos

Photos of Scripps Pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

California, La Jolla, San Diego

Photos of Scripps Pier, La Jolla

Below is the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Research Pier, the pier that supports the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The original wooden Scripps Pier was built in 1915 and was replaced by the modern cement pier in 1988. On the hill behind the pier can be seen many of the buildings that make up Scripps Institute of Oceanography. To the left (north) is the southern edge of Black’s Beach, while if one walked along the beach to the right (south) one would come to La Jolla Shores Beach in a few minutes. When I was in grad school I worked in the Norpax building on the far left above the sandstone bluff. Some of the greatest minds in all of science work on this hill, wearing flip-flops as their laser brains study climate change and deep ocean phenomena, and go surfing at the pier at lunch. It’s brutal living in Southern California.

Scripps Pier, predawn abstract study of pier pilings and moving water, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier, predawn abstract study of pier pilings and moving water.
Image ID: 26340
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Scripps Pier, sunrise, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier, sunrise.
Image ID: 26456
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset, La Jolla, California

Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset.
Image ID: 26531
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

SIO Pier.  The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier is 1090 feet long and was built of reinforced concrete in 1988, replacing the original wooden pier built in 1915. The Scripps Pier is home to a variety of sensing equipment above and below water that collects various oceanographic data. The Scripps research diving facility is located at the foot of the pier. Fresh seawater is pumped from the pier to the many tanks and facilities of SIO, including the Birch Aquarium. The Scripps Pier is named in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps, the most significant donor and benefactor of the Institution, La Jolla, California

SIO Pier. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier is 1090 feet long and was built of reinforced concrete in 1988, replacing the original wooden pier built in 1915. The Scripps Pier is home to a variety of sensing equipment above and below water that collects various oceanographic data. The Scripps research diving facility is located at the foot of the pier. Fresh seawater is pumped from the pier to the many tanks and facilities of SIO, including the Birch Aquarium. The Scripps Pier is named in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps, the most significant donor and benefactor of the Institution.
Image ID: 22293
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Scripps Pier, sunrise, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier, sunrise.
Image ID: 26458
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Scripps Pier solstice, surfer's view from among the waves, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier. Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier solstice, surfer’s view from among the waves, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier. Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset.
Image ID: 30150
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier.
Image ID: 28478
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

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Crystal Pier, San Diego

Aerial Photography, California, San Diego

Crystal Pier, a combination hotel and pier in the Pacific Beach community of San Diego, extends 872 feet out into the Pacific Ocean. A few dozen cottages sit on the pier near its base. It was built in 1925. Seen beyond Crystal Pier in this aerial photo are Mission Bay and, to the upper right, downtown San Diego.

Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach.  Mission Bay and downtown San Diego are seen in the distance

Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach. Mission Bay and downtown San Diego are seen in the distance.
Image ID: 22294
Location: San Diego, California, USA

The Crystal Pier and Pacific Ocean at sunrise, dawn, waves blur as they crash upon the sand.  Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach

The Crystal Pier and Pacific Ocean at sunrise, dawn, waves blur as they crash upon the sand. Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach.
Image ID: 27239
Location: Pacific Beach, California, USA

The Crystal Pier and Pacific Ocean at sunrise, dawn, waves blur as they crash upon the sand.  Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach

The Crystal Pier and Pacific Ocean at sunrise, dawn, waves blur as they crash upon the sand. Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach.
Image ID: 27243
Location: Pacific Beach, California, USA

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Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

Aerial Photography, California, San Diego

Here is a view of the Ocean Beach Pier (“OB Pier”) with Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma, and even one of the Coronado Islands in the distance.

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.  Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma extend off to the south, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long. Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma extend off to the south.
Image ID: 22459
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.
Image ID: 27387
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long.
Image ID: 27391
Location: San Diego, California, USA

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