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One of the special sights the early morning photographer is sometimes privy to, is alpenglow. This occurs when the sun is still below the horizon, but its rays are able to reflect off appropriate surfaces. often this means snowy mountains. These white slopes are good at reflecting such pre-Dawn light. The more common mountainous source is where the term alpenglow comes from.

You can also get this effect in other conditions. Sometimes if the cloud cover is finely and thinly distributed, and the sea is still, you can see this on the Hauraki Gulf too. This shot was taken at Waiake Beach on the East Coast Bays. The volcanic looking island to the right, is the volcanic Rangitoto Island.


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