Technical info: shot in June 2014 with Nikon D600 and D800 bodies with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC and 70-200/2.8 VC lenses.
Although I live in Alabama, one of my favorite places anywhere is the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. One of the hidden gems of that area is Bill Pavlacka, aka The Sandcastle Man. He's been building sandcastles as a hobby for decades, and you can often see his work on Coronado's beach.
Sometimes it looks like this:
And sometimes you'll find one that has a little bit of age on it, like this one:
Below you can see Bill among a crowd of people working on a new masterpiece.
This was the first time I had ever seen the mysterious man who built the castles, so I waited for him to finish and then went down to the beach for a closer look.
Having an ultra-high resolution camera (Nikon D800) allowed me to capture the detail he put into his work. I bet you almost missed Cinderella and Prince Charming in the previous photo. Here's a closer look:
A few days later, Bill was back at work again on a new masterpiece.
If you live in San Diego and want to hire Bill for an event, visit his website.