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Sunset at Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California

At the north end of La Jolla Shores just south of Blacks Beach, in a suburb of San Diego, exists a roughly 1,100 foot pier called Scripps Pier. Built in 1987 to replace an older one standing since 1915, Scripps Pier serves the Scripps Institute of Oceanography as a research platform. Owned and operated by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, this pier is closed to the public and so can only be enjoyed from the sandy beach below. Scripps Pier provides fresh seawater to the Steven Birch Acquarium and various other laboratories by pumping it from the end of the pier at a rate of 1.8 million gallons every day.

As a landmark to San Diegans offering visually stunning symmetry, this site is common among photographers shooting wedding photos and engagement sessions. In fact, the night I shot this image, I had to rotate in as a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, and I were all capturing the sunset there from the same perspective.

At sunset, the light, coming from the left of the image, casts a nice, soft, glow on the corners of the posts bring attention to the depth or length of the pier. I used a circular polarizer filter to help reign in some of the reflection, to slow down the shutter, and to bring out the nice soft colors of the twilight.

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