Florida Gulf Beach Sunrises

Redington Shores is on one of the Florida’s Gulf Coast barrier islands that run from Clearwater Beach to St Pete Beach. The prominent feature is the Long Pier, a privately owned fishing pier that juts 1200 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. This part of Florida is known for incredible sunsets, however, clear or overcast skies at the end of the day prevented anything of photographic interest on this trip. Instead, the sunrises were unusually good for this west-facing beach.

Gulf Sunrise. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

Gulf Sunrise. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

As access to the pier was limited until well after sunrise, I focused on photographing the pier from beach level and from under the pier itself.

Long Pier Twilight. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

Long Pier Twilight. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

At one point, as beach fisherman arrived to net bait fish, severe competition arose between several species of shore birds for the scraps. In one case, I’m convinced the Great Blue Heron was as much interested in posing for a photo as in obtaining breakfast.

Posing Under the Pier. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

Posing Under the Pier. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

Several days provided great sunrise color. These images were all about timing of cloud color and shape, beach reflections, and incoming and receding wave shapes.

Long Pier Sunrise. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

Long Pier Sunrise. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8E. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2015.

 

 

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