Early morning light on the Gulf.
I found myself getting up early to watch the sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico. I would try to be up and on the beach by 5:00am to be sure to be there for the best light. I would have the entire beach to myself. Quite a change to what we would a crush of people and umbrellas later in the day, I had the predawn light all to myself.
The morning had started clear but as it slowly got light clouds began to drift in off the Gulf. I wanted to get a longer exposure to smooth out the waves and capture the soft colors of the morning.
I set up my tripod firmly in the sand and composed different images to capture the sand, waves, clouds, and soft morning light. I was working with images in the 20-30 second range. That was long enough to smooth out the water but the clouds were moving slow enough it only slightly blurred them.
I liked the effect. I also liked the soft pastels of the sky and the wonderful green of the ocean found along the Florida panhandle.
Here are a couple of my favorites from the morning capturing
the morning light.