Wanted to share a fun image from a couple weeks ago here on Kaua’i. After photographing the Kilauea Lighthouse last year I have put it in my calendar to remind me each year to visit for this very unique opportunity. For about 30-45 minutes a year they light the main light. Doing so allows for some really unique imagery! You can see last year’s attempt here: This year I wanted a different perspective and went with the classic overlook along the road. What we couldnt have predicted was the blazing sunset to accompany our time hanging with the bird and taking photographs. All in all…another great year for the Kilauea Lighthouse 🙂
Been trying to shoot more lately and had a free afternoon a couple days ago so ran out of the house a bit before sunset. Generally these days I carry 2 bags, one camera and one drone. Never know what I want to do so best to have options. I had been eyeing the field near my house (again) and set off on the short drive.
Flying around the light was pretty great. As it was fairly cloudy, the sun would pop in and out creating some awesome dappled scenes. As I captured my field shot (to be shared at a different time) I decided to fly around and see what else was there when the pattern of the orchard caught my attention.
I tried a few different compositions, all playing with the patterns, but this particular exposure caught me. This frame was in between the sun coming from shadow to sun so the across the scene was soft and unique.
The original shot is vertical but also added a square crop as well. Which one do you prefer??
All in all a fun afternoon and more to share later. Thanks!
P.S. Bonus points if you know what kinds of tress they are 😉
Was up in Waimea Canyon a couple of weeks ago to celebrate a birthday. Luckily it landed on a day off and I was able to join in the fun. We hiked around the forest and then I brought them to one of my faovrite spots on Kaua’i for sunset. Getting down to this spot is a bit nerve wracking but worth it every time. I’ve been here on a number of occasionis and each time is incredible. As with my previous adventure here the light was doing some magical things. Before the sun dropped below the mountainside we had incredible beams in front of us.
As for the title…well Mark Twain famously DIDNT call Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. But still makes for a good story 😉
A number of years ago, while traveling back home from a Polihale mission I had stopped over at the Waimea Pier on the west side of Kaua’i. At the time I had only photographed it 1 or 2 times and I generally like to scout and imagine places under different conditions. Doing some calculations I knew I wanted to return at night. Fast forward way longer than I imagined it would take, I had the opprotunity to get out for some photography and headed to a different location. As the sun set over there I realized that I was in the wrong place and remembered the spot I had imagined long ago. Getting there at dusk there were a number of images (another successful pier shot for another time), I was able to make and then waited for the sky to darken enough for the stars and Milky Way to be seen. This spot is extra tricky as it is right at the edge of town so the light polution becomes problematic pretty quickly. As the sky darkened the stars shown through. The camera’s sensitive settings allowing it to pick up the last little bit of twilight glow in the sky giving the scene a surreal look.
Had the pleasure of visiting this incredible location early Sept of 2017 after this year’s Burning Man. Needless to say going to the desert after a hot event might have been a mistake as it was over 100F when this was taken. As we were hiking back to the car there were some storms off in the distance. With the obviously amazing rock in the foreground I was able to capture only one frame with lightning. Between the hot weather and lighting…definitely valley of fire.
As photographers we tend to intake lots of imagery. Being self-taught that is pretty much how I learned over the years. Along this path we come across photographs that tend to stick with us, or at least the idea of a certain scene or conditions. The ‘tree on a hill’ idea is nothing new. But of course I’ve wanted my own version. Well, while on a trip with my partner in March ’17 to the Central Coast of California we had the amazing opportunity to photograph this sunrise. Incredibly this was the property next door from where she grew up. What I couldnt expect was the incredible conditions we were about to experience. As the sky brightened this low ground fog hung around the small rolling hills. Then, all hell broke lose and the sky went nuclear. There are a number of photographs from this morning that are in my back pocket to share along the way but I will say this is a morning that will stay with me forever. Photographs or not 🙂
So for those that follow my social media posts you might have heard the news but a new era of photography is upon me…drone time. It’s been a long time coming and finally made the plunge last month. Finally receiving this amazing piece of technology this past week I had the chance to test it out yesterday. My mind has been racing for a long time with possibilities of compositions and potential images. Now the chance to capture these is here.
To answer the obvious question; yes I will be testing for my Part 109 to be commercially viable. Studying has commenced and look to take the test in Aug or Sept.
This is the first test image I took (after some video of friends) and am pretty surprised already. To capture this I took 6 images; 2 rows of 3, and then was automatically stitched using Lightroom. Going to be a fun adventure!
Funny how ideas happen. These days it’s been more about figuring out how the stars align, sometimes literally. Planned out an evening where I thought the celestial objects would be what I was hoping for. This required sleeping in my car for a couple of hours and then shooting, in what I thought would be the dark. For anyone that has been to Shipwrecks knows there is a large hotel just next to the beach. While my original idea didnt work out (will be going back to try again), I figured I would stick around and hope that the clouds would cooperate. After over an hour of playing cat and mouse I was able to get some shots off that showed the Milky Way blazing overhead. The light from the hotel actually helped illuminate the landscape. Truly amazing what happens while most of us are sleeping 🙂
So, with the recent injury I hadnt gotten out of the house too much at that point. It was a Saturday and my partner asked if I wanted to go for a ride and get some fresh air. Off we went that afternoon to drive around town, looking for our favorite food truck (which wasnt there of course) and then ended up at the lighthouse. As we pulled up there was a sign at the entrance that said ‘free today’ so shoots! Why not! Once there we found out that it was the birthday celebration and that they would be turning on the light around sunset. Woah! (For those that dont know the light is never on anymore but a different beacon that operate). In the 10 years I’ve been on island I’ve never seen this so plans were made to return later with our gear.
Normally the grounds are closed at 4pm and people shuffled away. The area is a National Bird & Wildlife refuge so it’s near impossible to get a good sunset photograph from up close. As the sun got lower and the bird returned home it was definitely a special experience. The view of the north shore was incredible (an image to be shared later) and then of course the main event. Now, in my mind, the light would have been what it used to be when used originally, and this was not the case. However as the light faded and the lighthouse did it’s thing it certainly was a special moment. As we waited for the cart to assist back down the path (was over crutches for the moment) it allowed for one last chance to push the button before we were escorted out. Good thing I got that one last shot 🙂