One of the promises I made to myself for 2013 was to be a bit more active when it comes to early morning shooting. The morning light at the coast is wonderful, so why wouldn't I take advantage of it? I did just that this weekend and went back for another visit to the Kure Beach pier in Kure Beach, NC.
The pier was closed for the winter and some repairs were being done farther out which included a crane. At first I was trying to angle my shots to minimize this equipment, but after some contemplation figured that it's not a sight seen too often so why not incorporate it in the shots? I think the B&w one especially worked with it.
One other item to note was that despite the 31 degree temperature in a mid North Carolina winter, there was still a good handful of people getting in their sunrise photography. My initial thoughts as I saw them filter in was, "Great, more competition for a good spot." But after a bit I changed my thinking. We're all there with the same love for the hobby. All skills seemed to be represented there from the more advanced to the point and shoot couples. No need to be uptight about it. Besides, it's a new year. And at least I didn't forget my ND filter this time.
Cheers and best wishes to all for 2013.
UPDATE: It pays to get up early. Selected for Popular Photography's recent B&W landscape theme!