This sunset photo is from Victoria Beach. Sunsets and beach photos work well with a 2.35 crop like this. It really seems to features the horizon well.
This is an HDR beach photo. There really isn't a way to shoot a photo like this without multiple exposures, unless you use an ND gradient filter. I think today a lot more photograpehrs are moving towards HDR and combining the exposures in post rather than fiddling around with filters. I didn't tweak the colors too much on this one. I'm starting to like beach photos that have a more natural look. But sometimes if the sky and color is right, I'll push it a little more to give it a unique look and feel.