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: http://goo.gl/maps/uCX2p
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 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…
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.