I spent a week in New Plymouth, New Zealand, trying to work out how best to photograph Mt Taranaki. Most of the time, the mountain was covered in cloud, but the evening before this shot, the forecast suggested it would be a clear day. I set off before sunrise for an hour long drive to get to this location with the windows wide open and the radio blaring to keep me from falling asleep. Once I got to the beach, there was still a decent hike to get to a position where I could see Mt Taranaki. I sprinted this last bit and made it just as the sun started to light the top of the mountain. About 10 minutes later, the sun burnt away all the fog and the scene lost the sense of magic. It was well worth the sprint.
Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 100-400 II at 350mm.