A Glorious Awakening
I wanted to get out and shoot this morning, no matter what the weather. In fact, I was anticipating clear skies when I checked the satellite at 4:15 AM. Through my cloudy eyes, I could see a small bank of low clouds covering the sky from Freeport to Augusta. This had potential. I was already kicking myself for not getting up earlier as I drove down Route 1 towards Bath, eye on what was looking like a very promising sky. The clouds were already underlit, fringed with warm shades that signified a good sunrise.
My intial goal was to make it out to Five Islands, but I was running short on time. Whenever a big light show like this promises, I get crazy-brain. I want to be everywhere at once. I go over locations in my head until I settle on something within reach. I actually pulled off for 5 minutes into downtown Bath, considering a shot of the waterfront. I scoped it out, but wan't feeling inspired by anything I saw, so back on Route 1 and across the bridge with even less time to reach my final location.
As I jetted down the Georgetown peninsula, views opening to the northwest started showing the pink clouds I'm always hoping for. I had to make my move. Almost to Five Islands, I turned left at the last minute and made for Robinhood Marina. I'd been out here before, scouting possible locations. The defining feature, for me, was a small white arch-bridge that connected the docks.
Lining up this shot was tough. There really wasn't a good place to stand here, so I made do by setting the tripod on top of some timbers and contorted myself to get the angle I wanted, with the sunrise lined up right behind the bridge. I made a few exposures and within 5 minutes the pink clouds were gone.