I suspected the odds of catching a nice sunrise were pretty good, as the storm from the night before was slowly moving out of the area. I decided to try my chances photographing at a Fishing Pier in Ocean City, MD. A new location for me, so I was not very familiar with it and I have not scouted it before (though I probably should have). When I arrived, civil twilight was just about to start. There was a nice orange line forming on the horizon between the ocean and the still heavy, low hanging clouds. The clouds seemed to lift ever so slowly pushed by a nice summer ocean breeze. I was getting quite excited, as all indications were pointing to this being a special morning. Not nothing prepared me however for what was about to happen!
Despite a little drizzle, I started scanning the beach for potential compositions and took a few test shots. I noticed rain drops were clinging to my lens, and I was thinking to myself, "now this is going to be tricky." I knew any water on my lens, in particular with the polarizer filter on, are going to create all kinds of glare and/or pretty nasty spots on the images I was about to take. So, I busily proceeded with cleaning my lens in between every test shot, knowing all too well, I still did not have a satisfactory composition.
Not long after, all of the sudden nothing but a pure magic started happening in the sky. I have NEVER seen anything like this before. I started improvising on the fly, wiping my lens off, trying to find a good angle on the pier, and searching for a foreground element in the form of the waves moving in and out with repetitive but rather unpredictable pattern. I was probably moving around way too much, wasting precious time and light, but that's how it goes sometimes. I just get way too excited when everything seems to be happing all at the same time and a window of opportunity for perfect light is closing out so fast... This amazing light lasted for no more then half an hour. These are my best few images attempting to capture that incredible, magical, epic morning. The light was so intense, I actually had to desaturate the images in post processing.
All of the images were taken with my beloved "Mark" - a Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM wide-angle lens.