One of the things I look for when planning a sunrise photo shoot along the seacoast is for a weather front to be passing out to sea. The hope is that the leading edge of the front will reach the horizon at roughly the same time as the sun, giving the sun a chance to ignite the underside of the clouds resulting in a fiery underglow.
For me there’s nothing more boring than a cloudless clear blue sky.
Unfortunately it’s just as likely the clouds will block out the sun before the clouds have a chance to catch fire. Or maybe, if I’m lucky, as in this image captured along the New Hampshire seacoast, there may be the briefest of moments where there’s a hint of color as the clouds before the sky goes completely grey.
You win some you lose some.