Waking up the next morning, I headed out in search of a composition. I woke up well before sunrise and the coast was only a 15 minute walk away, so I left myself plenty of time to set up. I found a few areas that appealed to me and waited for the light, but realized that that sun was rising quite a bit farther to the right of my camera. I quickly gathered up my things and started looking for something to shoot that would work with the way the sky was lighting up. I found a little water pool with some vegetation and snails in it, and snapped a few frames. The light show was very brief, only lasting about 5 minutes. I may have come away with a shot but I am on the fence about keeping it or throwing it out. Time will tell if it makes the cut or not.
Not being satisfied about coming away with a decent shot of Rangitoto, I went back to the rocks I had been set up at a few minutes before. Thankfully, the tide had gone out a little farther, and I was able to hop, skip, and jump my way over to this rock jutting out of the water. I noticed the clouds were quite interesting above and around the volcano and instantly, I knew what I was going to do with the scene in front of me. “Long exposure and in black and white” I said to myself. This was about an 8 minute exposure, using the Lee Big Stopper. A little noise reduction, tone/curve, and vignette were added to the black and white conversion.