When I got out to the beach I could see the potential for a decent sunrise shaping up. I went ahead and fit my 24-70mm lens to the camera and started working at the dunes with some tufts of grass poking into the sky. As I looked through the viewfinder all I could see was fog. I looked and the entire camera was fogged over, including the lens and viewfinder. I spent the next 20 minutes waiting for the dew to dissipate and ultimately had to spend some time wiping the elements with my lens cloth. That turned into the routine of the morning. Set up the shot, wipe the lens, shoot the picture, repeat. It was annoying, and pretty much kept me from using any filters as they would be in the same boat. The humidity was horrible, and I was dripping sweat before the sun even cleared the horizon.
As it was coming up, I was finding that my original composition was not really working all that well. It was just not inspired. I opted to change my position as the sun was behind the clouds at the horizon. By the time it cleared the clouds, my lens was finally staying clear and I had moved over to a tide pool area. I got the camera positioned at just the right height to capture the reflection in the water, and started to get my compositions set up.
|Tailing a Sunrise|
|At the Ready|
Believe it or not, by this point, I had shot about 70 frames since I had gotten to the beach. A good many of the original ones were too foggy to use, and weren't all that good anyway with the lighting that I was dealing with. Once the sun cleared the clouds, my luck changed briefly. Looking for secondary subjects was equally fruitless as the sun's rays were well past golden hour at this point. I think it was about 7am when I called it quits on the beach for the morning. The clouds were pretty much all gone, and it was time to wake up the girls.
When I got back to the room, I was met by Toni who was awake and about to go out for a morning run/walk. The two 13 year olds were doing what teens do best...sleeping. Score two for the old folks this morning!
While frick and frack were snoring and drooling, and Toni was out running harder than she should have, I sat down with a wash cloth and started my cleaning routine to get the camera free of all the salt and sand. It took me about 20 minutes to get it cleaned up, and then I waited. Toni got back a bit after that, and then we both waited. Waited for what you ask? The energy of youth to catch up with the two of us.
It eventually happened, and all four of us went out to play in the water and enjoy the warmth of a hot and humid summer day. After a couple of hours out there, we headed into town to do some exploring and to pick up some things. Once we got back, the girls went back down to the beach, and Toni sat in the sand and started a chain of events that would pretty much dictate the remainder of her week...
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