Saturday, October 7th, 2017 | 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Where We Will Meet

Base of Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, CA

Where The Walk Will End

Base of Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, CA

About This Walk

We’re going to spend the day and the sunset photographing Manhattan Beach Pier and the area around the Pier.

We’ll meet at Noon at the base of the Pier and spend the next several hours photographing the area in the daylight. There are many different aspects of the Beach that you’ll be able to study, e.g., the Pier as a structure, the people on the Pier, the ocean, the people on the Beach, the neighborhood – the options are pretty much endless.

Around 4PM, we’ll meet back at the Rock N Fish Restaurant (120 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266) which is located right at the base of the Pier for food and drinks. For those of you interested in experimenting with long exposures, we’ll spend some time during our break discussing strategies and best locations for taking long exposures during sunset. Given the complexities of using ND filters (e.g., Big Lee 10 Stop), we won’t specifically spend time talking about how to use them, but if you have one and want to use it bring it with and we’ll work with you.

Around 6PM we’ll then stake out our position for sunset and get our camera settings organized. Sunset shoots are great for experimenting with long exposures. When the sun has gone down, everyone will be free to go. This area of Los Angeles has always been one of my favorites areas to photograph the ocean, sunsets, and the Pier. Be prepared to get some great shots of both the ocean and Pier at sunset.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Status of the Contest SubmissionsOctober 16th, 2017

Although I still can’t see any of the images you’ve submitted for the contest, I now have a tab that says “Submissions” on my dashboard, so I’m looking forward to seeing your work within the next day or so. My understanding is that I’m supposed to have selected an image to represent the group by EOD on Wednesday, so we should be in the home stretch.
Thanks again to everyone for participating – looking forward to seeing your work!

Sunday, October 15th – All Photo Submissions DueOctober 13th, 2017

Just a reminder that all submissions for the photo contest are due on Sunday, October 15th by 11:59 PM EDT.

On Monday the 16th, I’ll be able to view the photos you have submitted and then select one image to forward to represent our group in the larger competition. Good luck everyone!

Let me know if you have any questions.


Photowalk Follow-up & Contest InfoOctober 11th, 2017

First, I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came out for the Photowalk on Saturday. It was fun meeting and working with everyone, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of your submissions. I was especially pleased to see how well those of you who hung in there through the sunset shooting did – I hope some of you submit one of those photos in the contest.

Second, speaking of contests, the link to submit your images is now up and operational in the web site. Each participant is allowed to submit 1 photo, so submit your best image (or video) in the contest. Once all of you have submitted your photos, I will then select one image to forward into the Main Photo Contest and People’s Choice competition.

On a final note, once we’re through the contest, I’ll follow-up with you to get your feedback regarding this experience as well as any ideas you may have for doing something next year.

So, as the old Pat Benetar song used to go, Hit Me with Your Best Shot! Let’s have some fun with this contest!



Some Final Notes in Preparation for SaturdayOctober 5th, 2017

Well, we’re just a couple of days away from our Photowalk on Saturday. Looking forward to meeting and working with everyone.

First, we’ll be meeting at the end of the Pier – I am 6’ 5” tall, very blond, and I’ll be wearing an aqua colored shirt – I’m usually pretty obvious even in a crowd!!

Second, in terms of weather, Saturday looks to be sunny and warm, so we should have ideal shooting conditions both during the daytime and evening sunset.

Third, here are some gear/equipment recommendations:
• The beach can be a windy, dusty, and misty place down close to the water. Bring lens cleaner & cloths to use throughout the day. You may even want to keep your extra gear in plastic bags to protect them from the elements.
• Small blanket or towel to set your gear on in the sand – keep your gear covered.
• Some type of a smaller camera bag/backpack to carry your essential gear around during the day.
• Sturdy tripod especially for the sunset shooting or any attempts to do long exposures.
• Cable release for your camera.
• Polarizer filter for use against the bright sun on the water and sand.
• As said previously, although we won’t specifically spend time talking about how to use ND filters, bring them along and I’ll work with you.

Fourth, I encourage everyone to experiment with some new techniques during the day. If you haven’t done long exposures before, give it a try – long exposures often require more planning and thought than with my other photography, however the results can be breathtaking and are often worth it. Remember, you’re going to be shooting for creative expression.

Here are a few links to get you thinking about long exposures:

8 Tips for Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

Complete Guide To Long Exposure Photography – 2016 Edition

In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions!



  • Susan Liepa Looking forward to the day. Don't know if I'll make it the entire day, but I'll try. Any info on parking?

    • jbxxxxxx I personally would either try to park in the ramp that's by the Starbuck near the Pier or just park about 4-5 blocks away from the Pier. Everything near the Pier is metered and the meter maids are just plain viscous!! There's quite a bit of free parking once you get 4-5 blocks away from the Pier. Good Luck!!

  • dave yuriar Will be my first time attempting proper landscape/sunset/long exposure. I’m looking forward to a fun day.

    • jbxxxxxx I love shooting longer exposures at the sunset. We'll give it our best shot and see what happens. John

  • Susan Liepa Thanks, John, for taking the time and effort to organize this walk. Enjoyed the day shooting and spending time at dinner with everyone.

  • Susan Liepa Any idea how we see the uploaded photos from our group or the other walk groups? I can't find anything on the site about it. All I see is my own photo.

    • Emilio G. Andres Hi Susan, that probably because you're the only one who submitted an image so far. Got to get working on mine. How was the second half of the photo walk? I'm sorry I had to run off without saying goodbye.

    • jbxxxxxx Susan - thanks for kinds words - our time and discussion over dinner were great. In terms of photos, I can't see any of the photos right now. Not sure whether that is intentional so that I don't see them until everyone has submitted their photos, or whether the web site is acting a bit peculiar. We'll see . . .

  • dave yuriar its not 11:59pm yet, but I don't see the upload form anywhere. How do I upload?

  • Brian Bielanski I didn't realize the deadline was 11:59 ET - I missed the deadline by 90 minutes. UGH

    • jbxxxxxx That's a bummer!

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