I was out in the Lake Tahoe CA area for a Ragnar Trail relay race last week/weekend and was lucky enough to get some time to explore. After barely getting any sleep during this relay race (that largely takes place overnight) I was able to wake up early the next morning to track down a beautiful sunrise.
I was able to scout the lake (and learn how to play Bocce Ball) the night before so I knew where the sun was going to rise. I took close to 200 pics focusing on a mix of objects/landscapes for composition to add to the sunrise including a pier, a log and anchored boats. I had this beach to myself to catch the colors before the sun started to crest, but once the sun starting peeking out from behind the mountains couples starting walking to the end of the piers to have a romantic morning.
Once the sun settled in, I ventured away from the beach to capture random sun-kissed moments including this pebble and the surfboard fins. These shots made it well worth bringing my large bodied DSLR instead of just using my camera phone for the trip.