That makes Tjintjelaar's work sound easier than it is. "The first time a subject catches my attention, it's rare that I can shoot it the way I see it in my mind," he explains. "So I go back again and again until everything is perfect - light, weather, the tides. I've shot a few piers and breakwaters along the Dutch coast maybe a thousand times, from all angles and in all weather conditions, in broad daylight and in the dark of night, at high tide and low tide. And still I think I'm missing that one special shot that captures the essence of that pier. My wife hates it because I take her with me when she'd rather go shopping." That's understandable, given the photographer's love of long exposures. "A long-exposure shoot of mine usually takes two or three hours," he says. "If I'm really lucky, I'll get five good frames."