Los Angeles: Shooting It Like a Pro

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

Travel Stephanie Diani for TIME
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When the light is harsh or foggy up top, Diani suggests checking out the underbelly of the Santa Monica pier; light refracted from the water and sand creates soft shadows and moody highlights around the pilings. She used a slow shutter speed (1/20 second) to capture the motion of the crashing waves.

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