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At sunrise, the first rays of light around the Scripps Pier had just touched the ocean creating this unusual effect that was enhanced by a long exposure time.  The waves were large, so I had to wait for a pullback in the water in order to show the glossy nature of the still wet sand.  Timing is everything, even on a 30 second exposure.  This is not a symmetrical and straight pier, so I made sure that I was centered in between the average lines made by the pilings and let the asymmetric elements stand out as they are.  The lights on the pier can still be seen in the water and the sunlight had just come into balance with the pier lights.

At sunrise, the first rays of light around the Scripps Pier had just touched the ocean creating this unusual effect that was enhanced by a long exposure time. The waves were large, so I had to wait for a pullback in the water in order to show the glossy nature of the still wet sand. Timing is everything, even on a 30 second exposure. This is not a symmetrical and straight pier, so I made sure that I was centered in between the average lines made by the pilings and let the asymmetric elements stand out as they are. The lights on the pier can still be seen in the water and the sunlight had just come into balance with the pier lights.

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