Local Lens: Catching Sunsets along the Northern Californian Coast with @scottborerro

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more sunsets along the Northern California coast, follow @scottborrero and friends @robbydurler, @throughthetinylens, @daylachris, @stephaniecrown and @kristine_nicole on Instagram.

As the community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.

In the first of a two-part series of local guides to San Francisco, Instagrammer Scott Borrero (@scottborrero) takes us along the coasts of Northern California and shares his favorite spots for shooting sunsets.

"I feel like Thornton Beach is one of the most amazing and lesser-known beaches in SF. When you first walk up, you are greeted by a large tree that overlooks the Thornton cliffside. From there, several trails lead down to smaller bluffs and eventually the ocean. Thornton actually lies on the San Andreas Fault so the landscape is very dynamic and unlike other beaches. One thing I really enjoy is hiking down into the ‘canyons’ and crevices that most beaches don’t have. Thornton is a great spot for the adventurous if you want to hike, but also for a relaxing sunset view high above the ocean.

"If you’re looking for a great sunset, Mori Point is the spot. I first discovered Mori Point about 8 months ago with my friend Robby (@robbydurler). We followed a trail that started just off the Pacific Coast Highway, not having any idea what was in store. As we neared the point we couldn’t believe our eyes: the cliff drops off to one of the most amazing views of the Pacific. Mori Point also has tons of wildflowers, so during spring it’s a very special place to visit.

"My favorite location to shoot or show anyone visiting the city would have to be Sutro Baths Ruins. The second you walk down those stairs, it’s as if you are transported to a place lost in time. The ruins and natural landscape make for some of the most amazing photo locations. I love to use the natural ‘mirror’ qualities of the baths to get some reflections or head down to the beach and catch some wave shots. Depending on the time of year, spots which are usually inaccessible become available to explore as the tides change. Sutro Baths is also so huge that even after a year of exploring I am still finding places I’ve never seen.”