Golden View-Sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse

The sun begins to break through a bank of clouds and casts a golden glow on Split Rock Lighthouse perched along the rocky coast of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota.
The sun begins to break through a bank of clouds and casts a golden glow on Split Rock Lighthouse perched along the rocky coast of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota.

My trip out east started with a vacation with my son along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. The timing was perfect with fall colors about at their peak. I had plenty of locations picked out for us to visit and tops on the list was Split Rock Lighthouse.

We stopped at the lighthouse a couple of times both at sunrise and sunset. This morning started out with considerable clouds over the lake (something I am sure is normal, but what do I know?!). As the sun rose, it started to shine through the clouds and right about sunrise, it broke through enough to spread golden light over the bay. It was a beautiful scene. The water was fairly calm, but with a couple of seconds exposure for the foreground, it smoothed things out and added to the serene feeling.

This final image is a blend of two images, one for the sky and one for the water and coast. As the sun broke through, the range of light from dark to light were impossible to capture with just one shot.

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