During my trip to NYC, I had to get accustomed to using the subways as my means of transportation. On this particular day, I decided to take the subway to Coney Island, a place where fun and excitement meets the beauty of the beach. It was fairly chilly that day so I wore a winter coat that I picked up in China Town for $17, a pair of gloves that I got for $10, and a scarf that I picked up in Times Square for $5. Being warm on the beach - priceless. I never had to bundle up so much to go to the beach but in this case it was necessary if I was going to get those shots I came for. It was about a 30-minute walk along Brighton Beach to get where I wanted to go. But I didn't mind, I particularly enjoy long walks. Especially if it's just me, the cool breeze of the wind, the smell of salt in the air, and the sound of crashing of the waves. After a little while I finally arrived to the area I was looking for, a runned down pier that has somehow stood the test of time and natural elements. I set my gear down, sat down on the sand and just watched the tide flow in and out. It was beautiful; there was nothing else that mattered but that moment, just pure admiration for this pier surrounded by nature's beauty and power. It was great to meditate, reflect and to gain perspective with such an amazing view. Every moment I sat there, I felt like I was being pulled in more and more. After my moment of tranquility, I got my camera ready and tried to get a shot down the pier, but the angle wasn't right. I needed a higher vantage point. Extending the tripod did not provide the height needed and was not sturdy enough, I needed something with no movement. So I put the tripod legs on the two inch wooden planks of the pier, not much of a platform, but it would have to work. I used a ND (Neutral Density) filter, basically sunglasses for your camera, to slow down the water in the daytime. I dialed in the correct settings and shot several exposures and captured this moment beautifully.