I was at the beach in Galveston for a few days. The beach generally faces to the SouthEast so I planned on catching some sunrises. It turns out that the first morning I was there was the only morning that I would do this. The second morning was stormy and the third morning was clear.
But I did make it down to the beach about 30 minutes before sunrise at least once. The wind was blowing hard on this morning and there were a lot of low level clouds blowing in off the gulf. Unfortunately there were no high clouds to catch the predawn sunlight, but I stuck around. Below is an early photo with a 30 second exposure. It was actually quite dark and I needed the long exposure to get much light in the sky. This photo was actually taken 36 minutes before sunrise and you can see a lot of motion blur in the clouds.
There are a lot of yellow flowers on the dunes and I thought about trying to work these flowers in to the pictures but the weren’t very well lit with the sun behind them. It was also difficult to get a vantage point that left some sand in the shot so that you could get an idea of the beach behind them.
You access this beach by means of a long foot bridge over the dunes. I shot from various places along this bridge but wasn’t super happy with what I was getting. In the photo below I decided to look down the stairs and show it leading to the beach. There are some flip-flops in the distance as people often leave their shoes here before going out on the beach.
I waited around until the sun made it up into the low clouds and shot a few more photos with some light on the beach. The photo below was shot at 24mm and was taken about 13 minutes after sunrise. I worked on those flowers a bit in Lightroom and removed a piece of clutter.
I tried some photos down by the water, but I found that just the waves and sky were a bit too featureless.
There wasn’t anyone on the beach near where I was shooting. A couple of people came down the bridge to where I was to see the sunrise but they didn’t stick around long.
I came back with my camera in the afternoon the next day to see the flowers in the late afternoon light. It was a Monday and there weren’t many beachgoers to shoot around. Unfortunately there were no clouds on this evening so the sky is a clear blue haze. I stood farther back and shot this at 77mm to hopefully get the waves larger in the background. You may see a ship on the horizon if you look closely enough.
These are my beach photos for the most part. I was mostly there with kids and didn’t take a lot of time to get out and shoot photos.
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