A sunrise trip to Santa Cruz to tag along with actual photographer friends definitely fit the bill. I blissfully iPhone-pictured my way through the lovely (cold) morning while they did their legit photography shenanigans.
The last photo is my most favorite. I stood on part of a fence to make it happen. I really like the photos I got last time I went to Santa Cruz, too. I think that place might be magic. (Actually, I know it is because they sell Pineapple Dole Whip on the boardwalk. So, win.)