Oceanside Pier (5 photos)

Some impressions from an outing to Oceanside Pier last Sunday, where I met Scott and Blayden. The pier is a well-known photography subject (but then again, aren’t all piers?) and thankfully, we had some clouds and even a somewhat decent sunset, though I have to admit I like the more pastel-colored “warm up” long exposures better than the actual sunset photos. :)

One problem with Oceanside Pier is that there’s really not much around that could serve as a good photographic foreground – it’s a beach! To the north, way too far are some jetties, to the south there’s just miles of nothing (the T-shaped pier at Ocean Beach is a little better in that regard because it has some tide pools to play with… or the tides play with you…). But since it was around low tide, there were plenty of beautiful reflections in the wet sand.

The other problem with any pier on a Sunday afternoon is – well, people. Everyone’s out there enjoying the beach, of course. If people move straight through the frame during a long exposure it’s not a problem, but when they stop and just gaze at the ocean (and hey, I can totally understand that, it’s beautiful) they appear as blurry shapes and shadows in the image. I tried to work my way around it by choosing my position a little further away from the pier for the sunset photos. but it still wasn’t far enough away. ;-)

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