Twilight is my favourite time of day to make images, and aren’t I lucky that I get two chances every day? That period of time before the sun rises is so colourful and peaceful it is sometimes disappointing when the sun floods the scene with its intense rays and I know my time is limited. One technique I like to use to prolong the time period of intense colour is to hide the sun behind something.
I made this image just after the sun rose at Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina. By hiding the sun behind one of the pilings, the most intense rays were blocked and the pilings themselves went to total black in silhouette.