Mexico Beach Fishing Pier

During the last week, we had one sunrise in between workshops.  We decided to get up even earlier and make the drive over to Mexico Beach for sunrise.

I had never been here, but I heard a rumor that they had a big fishing pier and, since I am a sucker for those, I was on board.

I went with a specific objective in mind.  To try and capture longer exposures while the color was good.  I accomplished this by using a Tiffen Apex 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter.  Adding the filter really allowed the water to be a lot smoother which enabled more of a reflection of color off the water than you would have been able to get without the use of the filter.

ISO 400, 24mm, F/11 @ 25 seconds

I captured this image using my Sonay A7Rii, LA-EA3 Adapter, Tamron 24-70 Lens and Tiffen XLE Apex Filter.  Of course these long exposures can't be done without a solid platform.  I was using the Sirui W-2204 waterproof series tripod.  Since it is waterproof and sand proof, it was sure nice to leave a shoot on the beach and not have to run home and clean sand out of my tripod!

Folly Beach Pier

One of the stops on my trip along the East Coast was at Folly Beach, SC.  I went to photograph the pier at sunrise.  I always try to get to a location well in advance to give myself plenty of time to prepare and be ready for the action.  Being early....real early, enabled me to shoot some "blue hour" shots.  

Blue hour is basically like the "golden hour", only the atmosphere has a very blue tone.  It is caused by the sun being a significant distance below the earth's horizon at twilight either before sunrise or after sunset.  The indirect sunlight takes on a very blue hue.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16 @ 20 seconds

This image was taken with my Sony A7R, Metabones Adapter and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.  The setup was mounted on my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT Tripod.