I can’t remember what obscene hour and I woke up at to meet our driver/guide, who managed to get us to this spot before any other souls were there (aside from the security guards and vendors who were just beginning to set up shop for the day). This silhouette belongs to the famed Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
However, despite best intentions, having a gorgeous sunrise is far from guaranteed. That was the case when shooting sunrise at Mt. Rainier National Park this weekend. 3:30AM wake up call for a totally fizzled sunrise. That’s why I firmly believe that luck is a hugely important and oft-overlooked factor. Fortunately, luck favored us on this morning with a brilliant and beautiful display of colors and clouds.
I took this photo with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 24-105mm lens atop my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. Because it was so dark out at the time, I didn’t need any filters to get the 51 second exposure time. I had to time the sunrise so that I could get enough detail in the scene while also capturing the moving clouds.