When I was planning the final project for my digital photography class, I knew I wanted to shoot at the coast. I chose Pensacola Beach Pier because I had never been, but thought it was sure to attract more visual interest than the deserted beaches I love on lazy weekends. So, on a chilly and gray Saturday morning I hit the road, a little nervous about getting my shot. What I discovered was a pleasant surprise…
As soon as I arrived at the beach, I bought a walking pass onto the pier. It was sunny and I loved watching all the people with fishing poles line the edges of the pier. I walked to the end and looked for potential shots for my project. We were asked emulate a photographer of our choosing. I chose Max Wanger, a longtime favorite of mine.
I think I’m going to turn this one (above) in for my final. I love the simplicity and the composition mimics Wanger’s style perfectly. I took it from the very end of the pier, squeezed between fisherman with thick southern accents listening to country music.
I didn’t look at my watch while I was on the pier, but once I figured it out, I walked up and down for about three hours total. The changing light and never-ending movement of beachgoers proved inspiring and I couldn’t walk away. Unfortunately, my extended day on the pier led to a nasty sunburn (only on my wrists, back of my neck, and tops of my feet though!). But, the burn will fade, the photos will remain.
I finally called it quits after I ran out of water and the blisters on my feet burned as bad as my fresh sunburn. I walked over to The Stand for the best chicken taco I think I’ve ever eaten and an ice-cold Corona. I people-watched while I refueled and wished I had brought my bathing suit to enjoy the rest of the day.
Shortly after a stroll down the coastline, I decided to head home. I was almost sad to leave this vibrant, bustling beach. It was so beautiful and the people were so nice. I plan to go back for a longer day next time, maybe without my camera, most definitely with sunscreen.