Leaving the East coast for the West last Sunday morning, my daughter and I arrived in Los Angeles and have been busy visiting colleges in the area. Taking a break from the hectic schedule, we ventured out to Santa Monica Pier last evening.
The sun was just beginning to set, and the silhouette of the amusement park against the distant mountains was gorgeous. I should have, but didn’t, bring a tripod with me, so I used the next best thing – I leaned my camera against the trunk of a palm tree!
I knew I needed to do a bit of post processing on the image, and I have to say I am missing my big screen. I used to edit on my laptop, until I investigated and purchased a beautiful, color-calibrated monitor about a month ago. I was told that once I post-processed on that, I’d never go back to the laptop. I was skeptical, but boy, has that turned out to be true. I’m not 100% certain that the edits I have made on this photo would be the same had I done it on my monitor, but I’m sharing it and am hoping for the best.
Stay tuned for a future post with photos from our night at the pier!
2014-08-05 update: For a look at some of the rides in all their swirling glory, visit Capturing Motion on the Santa Monica Pier.
2014-08-24 update: For another silhouetted view of the Pier, visit Santa Monica Silhouettes.