It has been bearing on my mind these past few weeks, that having lived near to the east coast of Australia since August 2006, I have not once seen the sun rise up over the Pacific Ocean. So, as I woke around 5am this morning (Sunday), I decided today would be first day when I did see it.
In darkness, I drove down to Trinity Beach, about 25 km north of Cairns, and got there not long before the sun rose. There was a fair bit of cloud, but it probably added, rather than detracted, from the aesthetics. These below are some of the photographs I took. At this latitude, the sun rises straight upwards, it doesn't have the slanting trajectory that it has at cool-temperate latitudes, and so the sunrise happens fast. There was hardly any time to think, and certainly no time to use (and keep re-positioning) a tripod.
A hotel's night-time lights still on in the pre-dawn glooom.
Rugged coastscape looking south, with some dramatic clouds colouring pink from the soon-to-rise sun
I didn't use a coloured filter here, the camera just decided to colour this one purple for reasons best known to itself.
Ditto, though I must say I like the results in this one very much.
This is much nearer the human-eye-percieved truth at that time, just before the sun rose.
Here comes the sun!
Using a young coconut palm to block the actual sun from shining straight into the lens.
First rays hitting the palms behind me
Like looking through rose coloured spectacles - pink sand.