On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020) as a place to share our adventures and observations, no matter where we are. 💕
Route 66! I cannot see that sign without thinking of Kookie. I adored him, but I had no idea that he received 15,000 fan letters. A week! But I digress. Some night skies from Bill today. No, not that kind! ~WaterGirl
I got together with a few other photographers to photograph the sunset at the Santa Monica Pier. I visited the pier a few times in college (a quick ride on the Big Blue Bus from campus), but this was only my second trip there in the last 40 years (the other being at the urging of beloved commenter Baud to see what the ocean would look like in IR). I drove out to Santa Monica and arrived in town early only to make a wrong turn trying to find parking and ended up drive a couple of miles north on PCH. I doubled back and parked at the City Hall parking structure and was only a few minutes late (I wasn’t the only one with trouble finding parking).
We started out on the pier, just shooting whatever looked interesting as we waited for sunset and heading for the sand. I positioned my tripod and camera so that I’d have the setting sun right over the end of the pier and then moved a bit to get the sun just off the pier. After the sun set the lights (solar powered) on the attractions on the pier lit adding an accent to the orange and red skies. Most of the shots of the sunset were shot using exposure bracketing to produce a orange sun and a properly exposed foreground and combined using either exposure blending or Aurora HDR.[Shameless plug] All of the phots that you see here in my “On the Road” submissions are available for purchase at my webstore at https://www.billinglendaleca.com/. If you like these photos and want to see more, consider becoming a patron at my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BillinGlendaleCA
The end of Route 66 on the Santa Monica Pier.
Sailboats on the sunlit water of Santa Monica Bay. I’ve used split toning to enhance the golden tones of the sunlit water and sky and blue tones on the water.
A bird resting on the side of the Pier.
A young woman looks out at the ocean as the sun nears the horizon. This is an HDR combination of 5 shots exposure bracketed. I’ve also removed some people in the original shot and moved the young woman up from the bottom of the shot.
The sun appears to be setting into the end of the Santa Monica Pier.
The setting sun struggles to shine through the clouds as it sets off the Pier.
As the sun has set the lights on the amusement rides on the pier become more visible.
The lights of the attractions on the pier are mirrored in the water along the beach.