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This was my first time there and it was honestly one of the nicest places I've ever been too. It's just 20 minutes from my house and I can't believe I never bothered to check it out; there are about 5 more beaches and state parks in every direction but this one was the most secluded.
I've been working pretty hard on processing these photos but they still leave a bit to be desired. Lots of times when I shoot sunsets I head out a few minutes before so I can get the nice light that comes after the sun actually sets. This time I decided to head out a full 2 hours early and was pleasantly surprised how nice some of the lighting was! I didn't bring a tripod along since it's too burdensome for casual shots anyway. In retrospect, I should've brought it and left it in the car since there were some cool night shots from the parking lot
The dunes. A lot of the beaches near me are actually struggling with erosion problems.
Dunes by justindong, on Flickr
Looking out into the sun.
Looking out into the Sun by justindong, on Flickr
This one I had to use HDR on since there was really not much I could do with the RAW file. I might give it another go later though since HDR left some nasty grain on the bridge. We're down under the main overpass that connects the barrier islands to the mainland.
Down Under the Robert Moses Overpass by justindong, on Flickr
Trapped! by justindong, on Flickr
I think I failed a bit with the composition here. I tried to get more of the rocks and moss in but it was hard since it was slippery (and I had my bag of gear over my shoulder). I stepped in what I'm fairly certain was a dead fish, as well as hundreds of baby mussels so I definitely have a physical investment in this shot -_-
Down Under the Robert Moses Causeway by justindong, on Flickr
Another one where the composition is slightly off. I tried my best to contort my body and get down low and close to the plank of wood but no matter what I did I couldn't get low without completely blocking out the sun too, and that was the most important element for me to get in. Curious what you all think
Captree State Park Sunset by justindong, on Flickr
Well into sunset at this point:
Left to Right, Hot to Cold by justindong, on Flickr
A final panorama of the scene:
Captree State Park at Sunset by justindong, on Flickr