The old SeaView Pier in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina is extremely photogenic, and photography businesses do a roaring trade in the summer months by taking family portraits underneath it. The good photographers do it right, and time their sessions for the hour or so before sunset, when the light is at its absolute filtered best.
This photo was taken in a quiet minute when the pier was actually empty, and uses the beautiful low light and my trusty neutral density filter to great effect. The exposure time of 10 seconds has a fantastic softening effect on the crashing waves, and also allows the colours captured to become more saturated and rich.
A final word of advice: when shooting on the beach, make sure your tripod is firmly positioned in the sand to prevent any chance of movement throughout a long exposure.
The beautifully Gothic St. Johns Bridge in Portland has always been a photographic magnet for me, particularly from this viewpoint at the eastern end. This photo was taken on a bitterly cold, foggy morning in January 2013: the sun was trying its hardest to break through, which made for some lovely, subtle lighting.
My 6x ND filter allowed me to extend the exposure time and blur out the cars crossing the bridge, which always adds an extra ethereal quality to a photo. I also added an extra stop of exposure to compensate for the dark filter, which you often have to do in low light situations or the filter will give you underexposed shots.