Last year I've been at Seceda with some of my fellow "German landscapers" (check out Dennis', Max', Stefan's and Michael's photostreams here). We stayed at a hut which is only about 1 km from this fantastic view point -- however what we didn't know when we booked it that it is 1 km linear distance. In fact you have to hike up more than an hour on a steep mountain trail in the middle of the night in order to get there for sunrise. After a few exhausting days of hiking and photography in the Dolomites before six out of seven of our grup didn't make it up there. The only exception was 21 year old Max who managed to go up there just in time for the sunrise (which was fantastic by the way). I just stayed in my warm bed, unable and unwilling to hike any more.
This "failure" bothered me ever since. So I planned to go there again and after spending a few days in Venice last month I convinced my partner to make a small detour on the way back from Germany. We stayed at the same hut (it's still the nearest) but this time I was rested and had a clear goal in mind. When I woke up in the middle of the night it was pitch black and there was thick fog. You couldn't see for more than 10 meters. But I knew that I at least had to try this time. Luckily I already knew the way up and arrived in time half an hour before sunrise. At this point I felt that all the effort was in vain because it was still extremely foggy. But just before the sun came out the fog suddenly lifted and unveiled the majestic mountain tops. It felt like a great breakthrough and I quickly took as many photos as I could. A few minutes later everything was again covered in fog. But I went happily back to the hut -- knowing, that I finally had captured the photo I wanted to take ever since the big disappointment last year. Going back to bed for another hour of sleep never felt better.