Sunrises and sunsets on the coast can be fantastic because of the steady supply of clouds and the high humidity levels in the air. Tuesday morning I got lucky to catch a nice sunrise on the beach on the west end of Galveston Island Texas. The morning before, there were no clouds at all so this was my second attempt. I awoke a little after 6:00 and looked out the window and saw the high clouds. So, I grabbed my stuff and ran down to the beach.
The above photo is an HDR merge to catch all the colors in the sky. The sun rises a few degrees off shore so you get to look down the beach to see the sunrise.
One nice thing about sunrise is that the beach is mostly deserted. There are not many people on this end of the island anyway, but in the early mornings the beach is mostly empty.
With the long stretch of sand there is little in the foreground for the image and it is all sky and horizon. I saw a woman sitting in a chair watching the sunrise and asked if I could include her in my photo and she agreed. So, in the below photo I included her.
Having the woman and the piece of driftwood in the foreground makes the photo much more interesting. In the above photo the sun is seconds away from peeking over the horizon just above the piece of driftwood.
That is sunrise from the gulf of Mexico side of Galveston Island. I have a sunset from the bay side the same day that I will post soon. It was a good day for sunrises and sunsets.