below: A single frame from a dusk time-lapse sequence that was captured March 13, 2006, from Manhattan Beach Pier. The camera lens is facing due North. The Santa Monica mountains can be seen in the distance. To the right are beach cities of Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and (farther North) Marina Del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica. Because this is a wide-angle shot ("18 mm"), the visible distances are exaggeratingly far away.
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