Sunday, January 29, 2012

Seal Beach Pier (Part II)

So Dutch Girl, Lap Dog Knits, Man in Black, and I went down to Seal Beach Pier on photo assignment and to get a burger at Ruby's Diner late afternoon yesterday. If you're not familiar with this part of S. CA, there is a Ruby's Diner right at the end of the Seal Beach Pier, so a fun place to take a nice walk, check out the various activities, and grab a bite to eat. Let me set the stage: Saturday afternoon, high in the low '80s in central Orange County, great visibility, light breeze... in a word, perfection! It was literally impossible to stay indoors! Turns out we weren't alone in our thinking, as there we're many other folks enjoying the weather down by the pier.  I had a similar post a while back (Seal Beach Pier), but today I planned ahead and brought various lenses and a tripod.  I'm pretty sure there will be a Seal Beach Part III (and perhaps Part IV) because I have so many photos I want to share! I guess that's a good problem to have.  Anyway, a very fun afternoon.  Oh ya, and thanks to Lap Dog Knits and Man in Black for treating us to dinner last night!!  Check out her post for more fun pics from yesterday afternoon.
Seal Beach generally doesn't get good surf, but today was an exception. There was also a nice offshore breeze.

Blurry, but I like the sense of motion and water movement.

Fishermen on the pier, with Catalina Island so clear in the background
 it looks like you could swim out to it!
We even got to enjoy some live music! Amazingly, these two musicians loaded an acoustic piano (mic'ed and run through a speaker), a vocal mic, electric base and amplifier, saxophone, and lord knows what else, into the back of an old pickup truck and gave a darn good impromptu concert! Good times!!
Lucky shot... didn't know I would get these great water droplets!

I really like the light refection off the water.  This was shooting down from the pier.
Photographer at the end of the pier capturing the sunset!
One of my favorites... north side of Seal Beach Pier.  Glad I had my tripod!
I'll post "Seal Beach Pier (Part III) in the next few days.  Thanks for stopping by, and hope your weekend is going great!


  1. Whenever you do a Seal Beach feature it brings back memories from back in the 60's. Man, next time I am down there I'm walking the pier just one more time. Cool deal about the guys doing tunes out of the back of the pick-up but that last shot, the night foto sealed the deal for me. Awesome picture dude (ah man, its all coming back to me. now i'm talking that way again)

  2. Fun blog and awesome pictures...The water droplet pics are really cool!

  3. Good times...thanks for spending the day together.
    All the pictures are good - did you e-mail copies??
    Looking forward to desert days ahead:-)

  4. Hi splendid set of shots - good use of long shutter speeds.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  5. i really like that surfer shot...interesting the way the band has set up in the back of the truck and that shot of the guy getting the sunset pic is pretty cool too!

  6. You have captured an essence of joy in these shots.