I grew up in New York, and I like to visit often. This year I went in February and shot a lot of sunrise and sunset images at the beach.
This is an HDR from 3 source images shot with D4 and 14-24mm f/2.8, on 1 of my 2 new and favorite tripods (Really Right Stuff - extra tall 4 section series 2 and 3). I'm probably going to get a 3rd one that's a series 4 XL 4 section. After years of skimping on tripod and spending on lenses and bodies I've taken the plunge.
Last year right before going to Florida I got a 1000$ Gitzo and it broke on my second day shooting there when it was only around 3 weeks old. One leg became wobbly and lose.
When I got back from Florida I returned the tripod and ordered an even better and only slightly more expensive Really Right Stuff series 3 tall 4 section one. It is great. I have absolutely no complaints. And then I bought a second one that was a series 2 and as such a little smaller and lighter for a ball head and short lens use.
I have had a few other tripods (crap 1, small Gitzo, and large Fiesol) and really I should have just spent a thousand bucks on the best when I started and been done with it. Everyone makes that mistake so I guess I had to as well. You're probably reading this and have done it too, or will in the future. It's like a right of passage all non-millionaire photographers have to achieve.