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The Longest Pier on the Western United States Coastline

Today I’m featuring a photo shoot I did a couple of weeks ago. The subject matter is the Oceanside Pier in Southern California. I had not been to the pier for a few years, but remembered it well. It is the longest pier along the western US coastline at 1954 feet (596m). The current pier was built in 1987 replacing a number of prior piers lost to stormy weather. For more information: Wikipedia. The town of Oceanside is located in northern San Diego County just south of Camp Pendleton (which lies along the coast between San Diego County and Orange County to the north).

I had a couple of hours of free time (I was a car pool buddy for my wife coming and going from Northern Los Angeles to a bridal shower for my niece at my sisters home in San Diego) during the afternoon and had decided to do this photo shoot. The pier is very impressive and I had just viewed another photographers photoshoot of a pier and was reminded how impressive the architectural structure of these larger piers were. I also chose to do the shoot in black and white as I like the architectural detail that is highlighted in a monochromatic shoot such as this. For some reason I have always been drawn to shots under the structure of piers, thus the number of those on this shoot. At the end of the pier was a restaurant (prior to Covid), which we had frequented. I’m assuming a new tenant will be found as it is a great location.

I open the shoot with a shot I took walking from my parking spot to the beach area underneath the pier for the next few shots.

Oceanside, California Pier

Next up are the shots I took of the under structure in the order I took them.

The Support Of The Pier
Pier 3
Pier 4
Pier 5

Coming out from underneath on the other side of the pier which gives you another appreciation of how far out it goes with the restaurant building on the end.

Pier 6

I was walking out to the end and stepped off on one of the “pop outs” you see in this photo.

Pier 7

Passing the tower structures on each side as in seen above, I took this shot approaching the restaurant structure on the end.

Pier 8

And on the other side of the pier with all of the people fishing.

Fishing Off The End Of The Pier

The last capture is from the end of the pier next to the former restaurant looking back towards the coastline. You can see just how far out the pier goes from this perspective as well as from the shore looking out to this point.

Pier 10

In case you were wondering why three of these shots have names under them, those are the ones I added to my galleries. It always amazes me how many shots I take and how I whittle them down to just a few favorites. If any of those I hadn’t named strike you as “gallery worthy” let me know!! Thanks!!


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A Photo Shoot: The Seattle Great Wheel

My photo shoot this week took me to downtown Seattle. It  occurred to me that I had not done a photo shoot in downtown for a couple of years and the last time would have been before the Seattle Great Wheel (ferris wheel) had been built at the end of one of the piers along the water front. Some facts: The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike. Here are some fun facts about the Seattle Great Wheel:

  • The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.
  • The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. Each gondola seats up to eight people, meaning the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
  • The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.
  • The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can’t stop the wheel from spinning!
  • The Wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.
  • 550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.

My shots are from the view-point of a photographer/artist, so I always look for unique angles and composition. The first picture is of the city skyline and the beginning of the pier. I framed this shot to highlight the fall colors of the trees against the city back drop. The ferris wheel is at the end of the pier past Miners Landing. Ferris Wheel Skyline Please note, it doesn’t always rain in Seattle…nice sunny day!! The next picture is of the Seattle Great Wheel sitting at the end of the pier!

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel

The next shots are clearly “artistic” in nature, but I like some of the elements and composition, so I wanted to share the originals before I start playing with them. This one is from beneath the wheel looking up…Ferris Wheel Looking up From the SideThe next one is standing beneath the wheel looking up one of the support structures..

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel

And the final shot a look at the gondolas……..

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel

As I work through the shoot and evaluate what I have, some of the shots will find themselves transformed into paintings and black and white photography, while others will stay color photographs. Thoughts? Comments? Please visit my main gallery: TheWalllGallery … and follow my work on my Facebook page – TheWallGallery by Kirt Tisdale. (Page likes are always appreciated!) Thanks!