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San Diego’s Top 10 photo venues

At San Diego beaches, not all surf photos require surf.
At San Diego beaches, not all surf photos require surf.

Surprise: there is no Top Ten!

Every media outlet creates some sort of “Top Ten” list for the New Year, so I asked a few of San Diego’s most knowledgable photographers to list their favorite San Diego County places to take visiting photographers; I planned to compile a Top Ten list from their responses. However, after a few obvious sites, like Balboa Park, there is no hierarchy because their responses were all over the map and only a few places received even two votes!

Actually, after the Park and the Zoo, La Jolla could lay claim to the number three spot because ‘The Cove’, ‘Downtown’, ‘The Pier’, and the ‘Ted Geisel Library’ at UCSD were all named individually.

Unless we count the Carlsbad flower fields and the LDS Temple --they are east of I-5-- there were only two inland destinations deemed worthy of inclusion: the Safari Park and the Anza Borrego Desert. Every other suggested venue can be found by sticking close to the coast. Following, in no particular order, are the places that received at least one or, maybe, two mentions as a photographer’s favorite:

The Oceanside Pier, Torrey Pines Beach/Park, La Jolla, the Cabrillo National Monument, Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, the Pacific Beach pier, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.

I’m claiming editorial privilege to not list the one vote cast for the “Belly Up Tavern” in Solana Beach!

The fact that I couldn’t create a traditional “Top Ten” of San Diego photographic venues is great news for San Diego photographers because we have, literally, hundreds of places worth photographing in 2014 and next year, and the next.......


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