Landscape photography can be very unpredictable. You can be prepared, have all the right gear, scout the location for days sometimes even moths, and when you get there, the elements do not cooperate. This can also happen the same exact opposite way.
This is what I love about landscape photography, it is so challenging at times that it will test your patience and your skill, but when it comes together just right, all the failures go out the window.
This particular day as soon as the sun started to set, the sky just lit up orange, it was perfect, I felt like I was in another planet, I mean everything had this incredible orange glow to it. At that point all I had to do was press the shutter.
I shot all this photos from this particular location:
It all started the day before, when I decided to go out on my motorcycle. (If you ride then you will understand this read). Next thing you know its really late at night and I had to get home, I had completely lost track of time, and could keep riding through the night. I got home and I fell asleep for about 3 hours before my alarm started going off, super loud, I had forgotten that I had a meeting on the beach to do a shoot at sunrise (I was the model this time, but thats a different story). Feeling like an asshole that I was almost late (maybe 30 minutes late) I threw on a pair of pants, a T-shirt and ran out the door.
When I got to the beach about 3 minutes later I realized it was really really cold, and really really windy. So I pulled out my camera and went to seek for cover. I found a beach hut that was blocking about 90% of the wind. By this time I saw that the sun was coming up and started to scramble to snap a flik. I pulled out a filter and my shutter release cable and thought about a composition in a matter of seconds. I took one photo from here, and thats what you see here.
To this day this is one of my favorite Miami Beach Sunrise photos of all times.
102 seconds F13 ISO 100 10 stop ND filter.
The sun rises over Miami Beach painting the sky orange