It was raining at the far distance, and hence there were a lot of dark clouds in this sunrise picture.

In the foreground, there was a huge mass of moss-covered volcanic rock, which appeared above the water only a few times a year when the tide was at its lowest level.

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Composition:
The diagonal lines of the volcanic rock bodies in the foreground forms a diagonal line which deflect the viewer's eye into the the glow on the right side. The cloud formation above adds balance to the overall composition.

Filters:
Grad ND 3-stop 150mm filter for darkening the clouds to match with the black volcanic rock underneath.

Formatt HD Glass Solid ND 150x150mm 6-stop filter to slow down the exposure time, enough to blur the waves into a smooth water surface.

Focus:
At about 2m from the camera with hyperfocal distance in mind to maximize both the foreground and the depth of the field.

Processing:
Photo was taken in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4.

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