Shooting landscapes or timelapses at the beach is one of the most difficult things to do in my opinion in travel photography.
This is beacause the beach and a sunrise/sunset are so beautiful but the images can be so boring!
Here are my two tips:
1) Explore the beach about 2 hours before sunset and find a composition
2) Photograph a foreground element that tells a story with the sunset
How often do you just see the image of water, sand, and the sky? You can get that image everywhere in the world with any camera.
I was faced with this situation yesterday in Celestun Mexico, so about 2 hours before sunset I walked around the beach trying to find an image that could tell a story.
The beach had plenty of palapas and I found a few that were close by at a good angle for the sun.
I wanted to use the palapas as the frame of my image. I got to the location about 45 minutes prior to sunset and set up my Nikon D850 for the timelapse.
I used a 8 second interval with my Tamron 15-30 f/2.8.
The views were absolutely stunning and the empty palapa and beach chair provided a great composition!
Thanks for reading!