Blue hour at the Santa Monica Pier

Finally made it here - been on my mental list for ages!

I don't know about you, but there are some shots from certain places that I have seen countless photos of over the years, and always make a mental note to get that shot, should my travels ever take me to whichever place it is. 

I make a lot of lists - some real, some mental.  This was on a mental list, so my orderly self doesn't get to cross it off anything, darnit.  I will just have to console myself with the fact that at least I finally got there.

And it was beautiful.

I had a quick business trip to LA pop up, and once I knew it was happening, I started thinking about what I wanted to shoot, since this was my first real trip to LA.  I have been around Orange County many times, but never really up into LA.  Of course, images of Santa Monica Pier were the first thing that came to mind, and I made a plan.

Part of the plan was to meet up with my good friend Pete Talke, who runs a great travel photo blog at Places 2 Explore.  Pete used to live in Austin and we shot together a lot.  He moved out to Orange County a couple of years ago, so it's been a while since we met up.  It was great to see him and shoot with him, like in the old days.  Check out his blog for some fabulous photos from his travels around the world!

So we met up, wandered up and down the pier during the late afternoon, picking our spots and planning our shots.  It not a really big place, so that didn't take too long.  We just had to wait for the light to get just right.  My hopes for a dramatic Pacific sunset weren't realized (as you can tell) but at least I had a great spot to shoot and a great photographer and friend to shoot it with!