Nikon D800, Nikkor 16mm lens, Gitzo tripod and remote shutter release. 1/5th second at f8 and ISO 100.
Reading Galen Rowell's articles for Outdoor Photographer, and enjoying the beauty of his alpenglow photographs, have taught me to always be on the lookout for dramatic skies in the early morning and evening hours. This photo was made on a beautiful winter evening. The presence of high cirrus clouds in the afternoon had been a clue that something special might happen. I got down to the beach with my gear, set up my tripod, and the show began. And it wasn't just in the sky. A low, slack tide coincided with the minutes after sunset and a thin sheet of water on the sand reflected the sky like a mirror. Even the surfers cooperated by standing reasonably still in my long exposure. It was a special time.