4:30 a.m. , the alarm clock rings loud and unmerciful, but I jump out of the bed because I’m going to see one of the most beautiful marine landscape of Japan. My girlfriend Sara is “a bit” less excited, maybe because of the early hour…? But she accepted to come with me because the scenery deserves getting up at an ungodly hour.

We arrive at the shore of Amaharashi half hour later and it’s still night: the feeble gelid wind brings with it some snowflakes and the only sound I can hear is the lapping of the waves on the shoreline. The sunrise is in late because unfortunately the sky is completely cloudy. Nevertheless I hopefully look for a nice shooting point. As time passes (and our hands and feet are starting to freeze) the clouds clear a bit and the strong light of the sunrise illuminates a wonderful landscape, dominated by a lonely island on top of which stands a bare tree. Far in the distance, the majestic mountains of Toyama can be glimpset too. In this very moment a heron is perching on a rock (maybe enjoying this moment like me). I’m really happy about the chance that I had, to shoot a stunning moment like this and I hope that you too can appreciate this unique view.

EXIF: Pentax K-5 + smc D FA Macro 100mm f/2.8 WR – 100mm – 2s – f/10 – ISO80

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