It's been said, you need to focus on the task at hand. That's perfectly true, however, it also pays to take your eye off of that task and look around. That's what happened here, as I focused all of my attention on photographing the ice covered lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan.
It was early morning, and as the sun began to illuminate the beach, I focused on the subject at hand, the reason I drove 100 miles, and woke up at 4 am - the frozen lighthouse. Moving from place to place along the beach, I kept my back toward the dunes, and hoped for the rising sun to illuminate the white ice against the dark clouds in the sky. It did. But what was more interesting, and almost overlooked, was the eastern sky, moments before the sunrise.
As I changed location, I glanced back to see the red light of the rising sun playing in the clouds, with the dunes and trees silhouetted in front.
I only wish I was off shore, and able to capture this magical sunrise behind the frozen lighthouse. Maybe next time.
Posted by Tom Gill at Tuesday, March 03, 2015