Bring all of your gear to this location, and be sure not to forget your tripod, neutral density filters, and shutter release if you have one.
This is a long exposure photographer’s dream location. You will want to do a long exposure of the dock, preferably at sunrise and sunset, so the crazy colors most likely show up. The colors make the images, but some great daytime clouds can also make them dynamic. If it is warm enough and the wind is not whipping, you could even do a time-lapse video on a good cloud day.
We recommend booking the upper-level room at the Flanders Hotel with that great balcony overlooking the city and doing a time-lapse movie. We did a short one, but we were a little paranoid about our new friend Mark falling over. Our tripod was super sturdy, but in our mind, our 5D Mark IV in the wind was stressing us a bit, so we did not fall asleep doing the time-lapse.
The best way to shoot the Ventnor city pier, just a few blocks away from The Flanders Hotel, is in manual mode on a tripod at 5 to 30-second exposures at sunrise and sunset. A good neutral density filter will allow you to shoot longer when the sun is present. A good ten stop filter will also enable you to get milky water photos during the daylight hours.
See our How to section for more details on long exposure waterfall information to blur the waters. There is more information on neutral density filters and night photography for you to read.