A TV commercial for some pickup truck, that’s how it all began. In the commercial the girl puts her surfboard into the back of her truck right next to a pier (which, by the way, could never happen because you can’t park right under/next to a pier like that). When I saw the pier I thought ‘that looks just like Venice Beach Pier’ and then the girl drives away and right under the Venice Beach sign. That’s when it hit me: all the piers in California are different. And so it began.
There are “rules” in photography regarding the optimal time of day for landscape/outdoor photographs. In a nutshell the best times to shoot are either in the early morning or late evening when the angle of the sun is low. This is true. The quality of light is better at that time and the colors are nicer. But what are you supposed to do if for whatever reasons those times are inconvenient? I’ve often stayed home just because I couldn’t get to where I wanted at the “right” time of day.