Save the Light
This shot was taken last year during our trip to Seaside, Oregon. Unforutnately for us, the weather was fairly wet and rainy the entire 5 days we were there. However, on one of the days, there was a brief break at sunset where the sun peaked through in a most interesting way. I have to say that I have never seen a sunset quite like this. There was a brief period, about 10 minutes before sunset, where the sky absolutely caught fire and the light rays reflected against the bottom of the cloud cover. The sunset itself was rather bland. It was this moment when everything hit that perfect cord and you knew you were witnessing something magical. I luckily brought a small tripod with me and in this case my new Fuji x100, which I tend to bring as my "just in case" camera when I don't want to lug around my big cameras.
What a treat we were in for. The sky continued to set ablaze and I was literally running to the beach from my nearby hotel to try and grab a shot before the phenomenon was over. By the time it was all said and done, I had about a 2 minute window to fire off a few shots and capture the golden rays before they hid behind the cloud bank and the color vanished. The most interesting foregrouhd subject I could find was the abandoned lifeguard station, which actually provided for a rather humorous subject and capture. I actually feel like I saved the last few rays of the sun before it disapated and went behind the coastal clouds.
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