Fort Myers Beach Pier

I love how all the seaside cities in the USA have had these huge long piers that make the best photographic subjects.

I had great fun photographing the piers at Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina and Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia.

Fort Myers Beach on the Gulf Coast was so busy on the weekend we couldn’t get anywhere near the place. We waited until a week day to head down there for sunset. We stopped at a beachside restaurant that had the best food – I was almost willing to give up my sunset photo shoot to linger over the flavours.

Almost …

But at the last minute we quickly paid the bill and I dashed out the door and down to the beach to make these images.

Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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31 Responses to “Fort Myers Beach Pier”

  1. These are both gorgeous, Anne! I especially like the first one, with the movement in the foreground water.
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    • Thank you so much Laurie. The sand in the shallow foreground was lumpy from the wave action. I liked how it shaped the water on an incoming wave and the shape held over to the long exposure.

  2. Edith Levy says:

    Boy…I’m glad you didn’t linger over the food to long. These images are incredible. I so love the first one and the silky texture of the water in the foreground.
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    • Hi Edith, I know I almost didn’t go because the food was so good. But it was my only sunset at that beach so I dragged my extremely full self out there knowing I would regret it if I didn’t! Thank you for the kind compliment.

  3. Alexander says:

    Very beautiful indeed.
    I suppose you returned later to that restaurant for a well deserved dessert ?

  4. Mark Neal says:

    Beautiful shots, Anne. The first is my favorite. That water movement is fantastic!
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  5. Wow…this is all magic!
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  6. M. says:

    Oh, Anne. I want to be you. Beautiful color! More photography tips appreciated! Peace, M.

    • Hi M, well if you want to take over part of my life I have two beagles you can take care of for me! That would make my travelling so much easier. I know you like dogs :) And our home base is very close to you in Sequim. I took your advice and put some more photography tips into my latest post on the Snowy Egret. I hope you enjoyed it.

  7. Mim says:

    Jaw-dropping, both. I love the silken look to the water in the first photo and the thrilling red in the second.

  8. Chris Hansen says:

    Anne, I really love the composition and the intensity of the second image. Glad you are eating good food and having fun!
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  9. Randy Oleson says:

    Excellent. What’s the name of the restaurant there that was so good? :-)

    • Hi Randy, I believe it was called the Gulf Shore Grill. It was right on the beach, on the second floor, with a stunning view. I probably could have made very similar images without leaving the restaurant. They had yummy drinks too.

  10. Absolutely sublime! Few things in life are as rewarding as good food and a great sunset!` Kudos on these fine images!
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  11. Beautiful photos Anne! I was around a few piers like this in Carolina but this unfortunately was before I knew how to make photos like these. Definitely worth rushing a meal for!
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    • Hi Michael, don’t you wish it was easier to revisit some of the far off places we visited before and photograph them again? I look back at my images from Prague, Russia, Turkey and they just don’t meet the standards anymore. But they bring back good memories. Thanks for the comments, always appreciated.

  12. Wow, Anne, those are some of the most incredible colors I have ever seen captured in a sunset! Fabulous images, my good friend, seriously top drawer!!
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  13. Rocking shots Anne! Beautiful colors.
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  14. Chris Hemmel says:

    What speed did you have the shutter on these? The water looks like syrup. It’s beautiful.
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    • Hi Chris, they are both long exposures: the first image was 20 seconds and the second 15 seconds. I like how the long exposures blur the water and saturate colour. Thank you very much for your kind compliment.

  15. [...] Fort Myers Beach Pier – quite honestly this has to be one of the most incredible pair of sunset photos I’ve ever seen, the colors are so rich and deep they almost jump out of the monitor at the viewer!!  Anne McKinnell really captures the most breathtaking shots in this post taken during sunset in the southern states of the US.  These are gorgeous images, well worth the time to visit and view. [...]

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