A couple of weekends ago, I headed south from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, and to Snapper Rocks in particular. You see, Snapper Rocks and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. I love the place, but I think 'Snapper' hates me. For weeks on end, I will see other local photographers scoring epic sunrise shots around the rocks, so I bite the bullet and set my alarm particularly early, allowing for the the hour plus drive from home. What happens next, is that thick clouds usually roll in and squash any chance of any awesome colour.
This trip was no exception.
On leaving Brisbane at 3am, there was some nice high cloud that looked promising. I crossed my fingers that it was like that 90 odd km's to the south of me.
Unfortunately, the high cloud was replaced with low, rain filled clouds that were moving off the ocean to the coast in a south easterly direction, and the thought of getting some nice colour evaporated from my mind quickly.
I moved further around into Rainbow Bay, as the view at Snapper wasn't really 'tooting my flute' and found a couple of nice compositions.
Just before the sun was due to break the horizon, some sweet pastels appeared on the western horizon, so I poked my head over the rocks, to see a nice orange glow to the east. Some quick movements followed, and I scrambled over the very sharp rocks (for those of you that have shot at Snapper before, you'll know what I mean!) and managed to get the sun just as it was breaking the horizon, with the rain clouds trying to engulf what little colour had appeared.