For years I've had an image in my mind's eye of the sun rising under the Tampa Bay Skyway. On a recent business trip to St. Petersburg, I had my opportunity. I checked out of my hotel at 6:00 a.m. and drove to Fort Desoto Park, arriving shortly after first light. Just my luck – there was heavy cloud cover on the horizon. It looked like I wouldn't be seeing the sun this morning. Nevertheless, I used The Photographer's Ephemeris app on my iPhone to position myself in just the right location on the East Beach to see the sun clear the horizon directly behind the main span of the cable stayed bridge. It was still fairly dark so I made some exposures of the bridge with its cable stays lit. (200mm, 30 seconds) I hadn't even considered photographing the bridge at night. My dark background is clouds, not a night sky.
As it grew lighter, the lights on the stays faded. There was some color in the sky. It was nice, but not spectacular. I savored the morning and the solitude, photographically exploring the bridge and the sky as the light changed. After a while, I strolled back to where I had left my car. A man doing yoga on the beach was the only other person I saw.
Once again, as usual, I didn't get what I went for. The images I came back with aren't prize winners, but it certainly wasn't a wasted effort. I do so enjoy the early morning.