This is all that remains of the once great 59th Street Pier in Ocean City New Jersey. The pier had been slowly deteriorating since it was damaged in the early 1990s by a storm and then on October 30th 2012 Hurricane Sandy took away almost all that had been left of the pier and returned it to the ocean it once jutted out into. Here is a similar angle of the pier I shot on August 12th of 2012 before Sandy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggobst/7772623026/ and another showing the full length of what was left of the pier on that August morning in 2012: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25235850@N03/7837380202 For most of the first half of 2012 I had been troubled by feelings that the Jersey shore piers were in peril and there was an urgency in getting down there to photograph them. Two of the four piers I shot that Summer were either heavily damaged or completely wiped out by Sandy that Fall. I now have an ongoing project to photographically document as many of the piers that are left on the Atlantic coastline.
There are two old postcards from 1949 that show what the pier looked like when it was still in one piece here: http://www.cardcow.com/272753/bathing-beach-public-fishing-pier-59th-street-ocean-city-new-jersey/
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 28-70mm F2.8 AFS lens @ 28mm.
Settings: A single 20 second exposure @ F20 in manual exposure mode, ISO 100, center-weighted metering. I utilized a B&W brand 10 stop neutral density filter on the lens to capture the motion in the waves and the streaking of the moving clouds.