Having got up at 340am to photograph what I assumed would be a radiant sunrise over a serene Adriatic Sea in Tucepi, the last thing I expected was an ostentatious yet erratic spectacle of thunder and lightning from Mother Nature as dawn began to break.
The bay was still in darkness whilst I was composing a shot overlooking a nearby headland, it was now 447am, approximately 45 minutes until sunrise. I soon realised the sun´s early morning luminance would not penetrate the dense crepuscular clouds approaching the bay, thinking all was lost. Suddenly, a ray of fork lightening momentarily illuminated the dark nebulous sky above the island of Hvar to the west.
I made a change of position and composition in the dark combined with a spot of guess work as to where the lightening would strike within my framed shot, and reeled off several shots, varying my angle and viewpoint occasionally.
Later in the morning the locals in Tucepi advised that this type of weather activity is very unusual. The resulting photo certainly casts a very different perception of the sweltering beachside resort which is swarming with sun kissed tourists during the day.
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