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While visiting Marco Island on the western coast of Florida a few years ago, I was excited for the opportunity to see the sun set over the water. Growing up in the mid-Atlantic, I've seen many great sunrises over the ocean, but few sunsets. The sky and clouds cooperated one evening to produce some really beautiful colors. The wet sand created a nice reflection of the orange and pink sky.
I captured some traditional sunset images and decided to try panning for the first time. I really liked the effect it created and captured this image after a few tries.
In addition to sunsets over the Gulf, Marco Island offers opportunities for shooting small islands and mangrove forests. It's also a great area to photograph shorebirds.