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Old 05-18-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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I planning to do a day trip to California from AZ. I want to do a decent classy so-cal beach picture, somewhere sitting in a lifeguard house or a in a pier or on the of the hills with nice ocean views and a sunset.

Anyone from southern California know of nice places for solo pictures?

Thanks for the help
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Laguna Main beach. Some areas in Dana Point. The tide pool beach just north of Laguna at low tide on a day with decent surf.

Best time is first thing in the morning, just before full sunrise. Some days it remains hazy all morning so you get nice even light. By afternoon the sun is bright and harsh so it is difficult to get good pictures.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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1/2 hour to an hour after sunset at Laguna Beach

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Old 05-19-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Here are easy to get to places that I've seen professional photographers shooting photos of couples and families:

Treasure Island Beach, right below the Montage:

92688 - Google Maps

Far South end of Aliso Creek beach:

92688 - Google Maps
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Here are easy to get to places that I've seen professional photographers shooting photos of couples and families:

Treasure Island Beach, right below the Montage:

92688 - Google Maps

Far South end of Aliso Creek beach:

92688 - Google Maps

Is Aliso Pier gone? I lived in Laguna Royale a long time ago. Unless my memory is going crazy there was a pier with a doughnut shaped outer end at Aliso creek park. I cannot find ti in the picture.

I remember learning of a pier being destroyed in a winter storm, but I think it was a different pier (pretty sure Newport pier got pretty smashed up once, and some other ones too, but I do not remember Aliso getting completely wiped out.).
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Is Aliso Pier gone? I lived in Laguna Royale a long time ago. Unless my memory is going crazy there was a pier with a doughnut shaped outer end at Aliso creek park. I cannot find ti in the picture.

I remember learning of a pier being destroyed in a winter storm, but I think it was a different pier (pretty sure Newport pier got pretty smashed up once, and some other ones too, but I do not remember Aliso getting completely wiped out.).
It's apparently been awhile.

Aliso Pier no more - Coastline Pilot

That was one of my least favorite beaches in the area. It has really pebbly sand not particularly pleasant to walk or sit on and a steep shore break which makes for bad body surfing. The concrete pier was really ugly.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I liked it well when I could walk to it. I met a lot of nice girls there. They liked it because it was tourist free and most of the guys were gay and did not hit on them or ogle them. (I always tended to prefer girls who were not looking to be hit on/ogled). I have not been back there since I moved. No reason to go to that beach. Nicer beaches were closer and no more need to meet girls.

It is not a nice beach for photographs but a bit south of there is not bad. Some neat rock formations you can use at low tide. Rarely any people to get in your way.

The sunset makes a nice picture by itself, but not an ideal situation for pictures of people. If people are going to be the focus of your picture you need dawn light for good pictures.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:26 PM
 
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Here are 2 awesome locations that are open to public:

1- Cliff Drive, right by Las Brisas restaurant. I am not sure if the gazebo by the cliff (next to the restaurant) is still there or not but there is a path that you could take down to Main Beach and of course, it is an awesome spot to take pictures:


2- Top of the World (South Laguna Beach), I used to live there that is how I know this little hidden spot (ladies melt when they see the view at night), you can get there following the green line. Del Mar deadends where you can also park your car and take pictures:




Using Google maps, take a look at the street view of the red dots and you will know what I am talking about!
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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Main Beach in Laguna, of course, and Calafia in San Clemente.
There are some beautiful pix of SC sunsets on the city's site under "Snapshots," I think.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Laguna Hills, Ca
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If you are in Laguna Beach, check out Divers Cove (it is North of Las Brisas off of Cliff drive) There are some great places down there to get beach shots. We have taken family pics there for years.
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