I was recently lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks on holiday in the Maldives. I stayed on the western end of the island, so it took some effort for me to see the sunrise. Many times it wasn’t even worth leaving my room because of cloud cover or a morning shower, but this particular morning showed promise. So, I gathered up my things, slung my bag on my back and made the twenty minute walk to the other side of the island. I arrived in plenty of time but with few prospects for a good sunrise. Undeterred, I set up my tripod and soon discovered a creative use for the gradual neutral density filters that I normally use when I’m shooting into sunrises or sunsets, namely making dark storm clouds even darker and more foreboding. It worked a treat.
Seconds after I took this shot, the lights went out, and the sunrise fizzled. Then came the rain, and as I’d come to expect in the Maldives, it bucketed down. Thankfully, I’d just made it back to my room in time, and against the odds, I’d managed to get a nice photo for my troubles.