After a long day of lazing around on the Egyptian coast, recovering from the previous days excursion to Cairo I spotted this group of rocks on an eastward facing beach that seemed to form a very pleasing arrangement. I knew immediately I wanted to return the following morning with my camera to shoot the sunrise.
I awoke at 5am and set off, leaving my partner sound asleep in the comfort of our air conditioned room. I stepped outside and was immediately hit by the Egyptian heat, I looked up to the sky and to my delight, there was a cloud cover. The sky for 90% of my time in Egypt was mostly cloud free and I hoped for clouds to add interest to the scene. It was already getting quite light so I hurried to location, took out my camera and started exploring different compositions. I found 2 compositions that I wanted to capture so set down my tripod for the first, fine tuned my composition and waited for the sun.
I stood eagerly waiting for the suns disc to peek above the horizon as the waves lapped around my ankles. A bird perched up on the rocks next to me, becoming my audience as I stood brandishing my camera remote and smartphone with the stopwatch at the ready.
The sun appeared at approximately 5:47am, I could feel the rise in temperature as the suns rays began to beat down on the the Egyptian coastline. I began shooting. Just as the sun positioned itself between some low lying clouds and the band above it, I captured this moment. I used a long exposure to blur out all but the details in the rocks letting the beatutiful colours of the Egyptian sea, sky and the rising sun shine through.
Before & After