Saturday, July 23rd: Santa Monica Sunset Photo Walk

The middle of summer. A perfect time for sunset photo walk.

Our summer Photo Walk will offer a variety of photogenic subjects; people on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, the cliffs overlooking Pacific Coast Highway, above and below the Santa Monica Pier, sunset on the beach, and dusk with the digital light patterns of the Pacific Park ferris wheel. Watch the video above to get some ideas.

We’ll meet Saturday July 23rd at 6:30, in front of the Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade, where we have had several meetings earlier this year. We’ll have a golden hour of shooting on the cliffs, the pier and the beach until sunset (exactly 8:00 pm) then continue to catch some lovely dusk light until Civil Twilight at 8:28 pm.

After our shoot, we’ll retire to a local cafe for food, drinks and camaraderie.

Saturday October 11 @5PM: Worldwide Photowalk in Hermosa Beach

We’re on for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk, Saturday October 11th!

Last year's photo walk in Manhattan Beach At last year’s photo walk, we discovered a baby on the beach! (mom is on the right, enjoying the attention)

We are going to host our photo walk at the Hermosa Beach Pier, Saturday Oct 11, from 5-8pm.

The Hermosa Beach Pier is a central point of a range of photo opportunities, from people watching, sports, beach, water and of course the sunset, which will be 6:24pm.

Location: Hermosa Beach Pier

Signup for our photo walk here:
For more information about the worldwide photo walk, please visit Kelby One.

Sunday July 13: Bolsa Chica Wetlands Photowalk with Carl Palazzolo

Our next photo walk will be a special one at the Bolsa Chica Conservatory in Huntington Beach on Sunday July 13th.

Nature photographer Carl Palazzolo – who presented to LADIG three years ago – is very familiar with the area and will lead the photo walk.

There are wetlands and many birds and other wildlife; if people are interested we might be able to go across the street to the beach for sunset as well.

We expect this event to run from 5 pm to sunset (~8pm), followed by refreshments at the Carl’s home nearby in Huntington Beach.

March 22: Spring Flower Photowalk

It’s springtime in Southern California, and that means a photowalk to watch all the new flowers!

Our photo walk will be at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada (map), starting at 9am on Saturday, March 22nd.

Attendance is free but entrance to the gardens is $9.00. Please RSVP on Meetup, and we’ll meet in front of the Visitor Center (A on this map).

You’re welcome to roam the gardens on your own, or follow Daniel or Greg who will offer picture taking tips (Here are some photos Daniel took a few years ago)

After working up an appetite, we’ll adjourn to a nearby cafe for brunch/lunch and sharing our photos and experiences.

See you then!

Take note of the following photography limitations:

No flash photography or tripods are permitted in the buildings although tripods may be used in the Gardens. No photography of any kind is permitted in the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Additional photographic equipment is prohibited (lights, reflectors, props, costumes, models, etc.), except under commercial contract. Amateur photographers may not use their representations of the Gardens for any public or commercial purpose unless approved by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc.

Worldwide Photo Walk: October 5 at Sunset, El Porto Beach

It’s official: LADIG will be participating in the Worldwide Photowalk, Saturday October 5th.

Sunset is at 6:32pm on October 5, so we’ll meet at 5:15pm for some golden light and end at 7:30, which is Nautical Twilight. It’s about two hours after low tide. After that we’ll retire to a local bar at the intersection of Highland and Rosecrans for some food and a look at our shots.

El Porto Beach offers a number of interesting photography opportunities. There’s the beach of course, and the sunset; there are also surfers (bring a long lens), bicyclists & rollerbladers (this is on the Marvin Braude bike path), lifeguard towers and rocks, plus stately beachfront homes and a power plant. Not much in the way of vegetation.

Weather permitting, you will have a view from Palos Verdes on the south to Malibu on the north including the Manhattan Beach Pier, Santa Monica and planes taking off from LAX.


El Porto Beach, at the north end of Manhattan Beach is accessible from Vista Del Mar (from the north) or Highland Ave (from the south) — it changes names at 45th St.

Here’s a map:

Probably the easiest way for most folks is to take the 105 Fwy West all the way to the end. It turns into Imperial Highway, which eventually dead ends at Vista Del Mar. Go South and 45th st. is a mile or two on the right; watch for the Chevron station at the corner.

Go down 45th St. to the beach parking lot. Parking is $1.50/hr and the meters accept credit cards as well as quarters. There is 5 hour parking, so if you’re up for a little more walking you can park here all the way through dinner; otherwise there is another parking structure closer to the restaurants.

The Walk:

The walk itself will be on completely flat terrain, there will be some optional clambering on the rocks – wouldn’t really call it rock climbing though. You should be able to avoid getting wet, but expect moisture from surf spray. We’ll be walking on pavement, sand and rocks. Usually there is some moderate wind.

There is a significant incline from the parking lot to the restaurant if you choose to walk there afterwards.

It’s Free, so…

< Sign Up Here! >

Thanks to Adobe and Scott Kelby for making this happen! More about the Worldwide Photowalk…

UPDATE: Here’s a link to our Photowalk Photostream on Flickr.