I spent the holiday weekend (it was a holiday in China) in RiZhao and QingDao. I got up early to catch some shots of the sunrise over the ocean at RiZhao (the name means "first place to see the sun"). Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. Heavy haze and clouds over the ocean lead to an amazingly lackluster sunrise. Unless you thinks "gradually lightening shades of dull grey" is exciting.
I didn't spend the morning alone. Quite a few others were up before 05:30 for the chance to glimpse something beautiful.
I did, however, get a few other shots. The above shot was just a random one. The one below was something I had scouted out the evening before.
Getting the settings right was a PitA. Small movements of the camera would result in radically different light. Even a wave cresting (thus becoming white) would throw things way off. And the fact that I was usually shooting directly into the (occluded, but still damn bright) sun just made it that much more difficult. But... That's why I love digital cameras. I've got plenty of room on the SD card to shoot more if the first one doesn't work.