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It's funny how things come together at times. It was the last morning of my vacation. I get my 4 a.m. wake up call from the roosters. I get up look out the window and it's pouring rain. I'm thinking to myself what a way to enjoy my last day on vacation. I get back into bed, and lie there for the next hour listening to the roosters just hoping and wishing for the rain to stop. 5 a.m. comes around and it's still raining. What should I do? Should I get up and go? Should I just stay in bed and go back to sleep? All these thoughts are going through my head. I'm making myself mental!


I decide to get up and go. I make my 15min drive to the location. It's still raining with no signs of any breaks. I get to the parking lot, look to the east. Rain......a lot of rain. I get back into the truck and sit for the next half an hour watching the rain contemplating if I should stay or leave. Wait.......I see a break on the horizon. The sky has a real faint glow, but it's at least a 15 min hike down to the beach. The trail down to the beach here is very steep. If it has been raining, forget about it. The trail is slick and muddy. There wouldn't be enough time to get down to the beach, so I decide to go with my plan B; shoot from the cliffs. I make my way slowly down the trail. I'm slipping and sliding all over the place. I get to the spot where I want to be at, I set up, and start shooting. The scene at this point is dark and moody with subtle light on the horizon. After a few frames the rain starts really coming down. I tried to stick it out in the rain for as long as I could but it was just too much. I pack my gear up in defeat. The conditions weren't in my favor this time around, but it's ok.......I've got great light at this location 4 days in row! ;-)


I make my way back up the trail, I take one last look at this killer view and all of a sudden I see this glow on the sea cliffs. The glow starts to get more intense, I can't say the curses that came out of my mouth, but I was swearing up a storm as I ran back down the trail slipping and sliding all over the place. The heart pounding heavy breathing intensity that was going through my body was crazy. The light started illuminating the shore line as if someone had slowly open the blinds in a room that was dark. When I was focusing in live view at x10 I could see the sunlight piercing through the rain! It was one of the most incredible scenes that I have seen. I would say this was a great way to start the morning.

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Taken on September 30, 2011