Got up reeeeaaaaallllllyyyy early one morning and headed to the beach. Made it in time for sunrise 🙂
The main image is my favorite from the morning. I found this location just by looking around on google maps. I knew I would have to wait for low tide to be at the lowest around sunrise. I also needed decent weather/no rain. I finally got that combination yesterday, so I was up at 4am and headed to North Topsail Beach. I would have liked to have been there a little earlier, but I arrived just before the sun was coming up over the horizon.
Same morning, other versions:
This one was photographed a little later than the others. The sun was much higher in the sky, which is why the colors are so different. I used a 10 stop filter to get the motion in the water.
A couple of days ago, I got to ride around and explore the southern coast of North Carolina with my aunt and photographer, Marianne – check out her work to see fantastic black and white long exposures
This is a photo of the Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at sunrise.
Could there be a time where a lighthouse is needed more? Actually, I’m not real sure it was very effective in this weather. I was standing pretty close to it (shot with a fairly wide angle, 24mm) and I could barely see the it. Any further away and it would have been completely concealed in the fog. Although I guess that with GPS and radars that lighthouses are not that important anymore.
Anyways, this is Pigeon Point Lighthouse in California. You can find it right on the coastal highway near Pescadero. This is a slightly different angle than what I posted previously.
Even though it was cold, I loved sitting there and watching the waves crash in over the rocks.
This one was taken on Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur
So this was my last chance to capture a sunset on the coast, and, as you can see, it didn’t work out. A saying my kids learned is “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”, it’s a rhyme they picked up at the daycare. I know, I know, most of you are saying “Rhyme? That doesn’t rhyme” – well in Tennessee it does (You git what you git and don’t throw a fit)
So once again I scouted this location and decided to return at sunset. When I returned to the original spot I choose, the fog was so thick I couldn’t even see the lighthouse, much less the sun. So I moved closer, shot the fog and the waves for a little while and headed on to the motel.
I’m pretty happy with the shot, but I would have loved some sunset color… Oh well, maybe next time 🙂
Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more photos from various points along my 7 day road trip in California
Still heading up California State Route 1, we drove through Big Sur. It was a beautiful place, but very cloudy so we continued to Carmel. We spent the evening and the next day in Carmel/Monteray when the sun came out! Excited to see the sun for the first time in a couple days, I decided to head back to Pfiefer Beach in Big Sur and hope for an awesome sunset. Didn’t happen. As soon as we got there, the clouds rolled back in. I was still able to get a shot of this awesome beach that I liked, just not quite what I hoped for…
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