The coquina rock outcrop at Fort Fisher, North Carolina, is one of my favorite spots to shoot when I'm home. Timing sunrise/sunset with a mid to low tide is key for getting good shots. The sky is usually an important part of my photos but unfortunately we just saw two entirely cloudless days in a row! Now I have about 200 or so photos with extremely uninteresting skies.
Originally I had the idea of doing a panoramic shot of the whole outcrop. This attempt proved to be rather difficult with having to take two shots each, one for the foreground and one for the sky (clear skies were completely blown out when exposing for the foreground), then rotating the camera and repeating. On top of that, the ever moving water! I decided it would be impossible to get the panorama with how I wanted the water to look.
So I aborted the mission and just shot. When I went to edit, I decided to try a panoramic-type crop to lessen the uninterestingness (did I just make up that word?) of the clear skies. Some of the images have the sky cropped all the way out while others have just the lower part of the horizon. I'm really liking the way they're turning out.
This image is the first in the series. I will be posting more over the next week or two. I hope y'all enjoy!
ISO 50, f/8.0, 1/4 sec, 15mm .