On our lasting morning in Mexico, we went to see the sun rise from a somewhat private beach near Playa del Carmen. While Playa del Carmen was not my favorite part of the trip, I did enjoy shooting seascapes for a change. I would really love to live near the ocean for a couple of years to experiment more with seascapes!
I came up with 3 very different images that I’m happy with. The one at the top is a classic view with the pier looking towards the ocean. I worked on a single 150s exposure, using a lot of dodging and burning. You have to love the color of the water in Mexico!
For the second image, I had black & white in mind from the beginning and I think the abstract result works quite well. I edited the image 3 times: one for the sky, one for the water and one for the pier. I assembled everything in Photoshop to add the final touches (sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning).
The last image is a panoramic view of the pier. I really love the motion in the palm trees. This is also a single shot, but I found a panoramic crop worked better. Not as much editing on this one, it was pretty good from the start!
Playa del Carmen is in no way unique to get such shots, but the color of the water is quite different from what you can find in North America! I hope this gives you a few examples of what you can do in terms of seascape long exposures.