“Tears of Joy”
It’s hard to describe the circumstances around getting this photo. The gist is running an errand last minute which was on a correction mission and driving through one of the craziest storms ever. Then, headed around traffic (because of construction) saw the mountains as the storm broke and was able to quickly get to a friends place with an epic view.
Needless to say this is a lot of water coming down Wai’ale’ale (and Kawakini-left falls). The mist is forming in a small valley that a small (usually) river rolls through. The massive water flow helped create its own clouds that would drift up.
Now, for those photogs out there. I learned another HUGE lesson today…again. I had changed my camera to shoot sRAW for the time-lapse and forgot to change it back in the excitement of this photo. ALWAYS check your settings. Alas the maximum print size for this image will be highly truncated. Lesson learned!
Month: January 2015
Edge Of The Galaxy
So this one has been in the archives since 2013. And it’s been a process to get right, and honestly is still not there. This is a very complicated 180 degree view from the rocks at Ke’e Beach showing our place in the Milky Way. As we sit, flying through the universe on the outside edge of the galaxy, this image gives me, maybe too much, sense of perspective. Looking out over the ocean as if space was just over there at the edge of the horizon. Venus along for the ride.
So way back in 2009 I found myself with some friends hiking inside a fenced off area…as you do on Kauai. When we got to the edge of this giant cliff the view was spectacular. Being midday, not generally my favorite time to shoot, I wasnt overly inspired to shoot that much landscape, however from that height looking down on the calm water was pretty impressive! The way the light and water played made for a crazy color below. Took a few shots to try and capture the effect and this is what the result was. Fun! Now to try it again soon 🙂
Whispers Of Yosemite
I’ve been holding this image for a long time. Since March of 2013 when I got to experience the magic that is snowfall in Yosemite Valley. In the frenzy that was that morning (which can be read about more in my other image “Pencil To Paper“) I recalled this spot which I had noticed on previous trips. Though back then the falls werent flowing nearly as much (if at all….something about a on-going drought). This time around a different story. As the snow was pounding down I set up the shot and luckily had my small umbrella hidden in my camera bag to protect the camera (not me) from the big, heavy flakes. Spending the better part of an hour at this location experimenting with different ways of capturing the scene as it changed. In the end this particular exposure really managed to translate the experience of that morning in the Valley 🙂
New York City and Reflected Light
July 2009. Found myself in NYC. Having only been shooting ‘seriously’ for about 2 years I dont think I would have done anything differently even now. The undulations of the building were catching the sun hitting the other side of the street making these awesome patterns. Had I started my photography career in a city rather than in a tropical paradise there probably would be a lot more of this kind of work. But then again…I do travel a lot 🙂
Sound The Horns
Spouting Horn is always a fun place to shoot…and a bit tricky. Getting down to the rocks requires a bit of sneaking and a lot of precautions. Ending up as a statistic is never on my agenda. Working around the ocean for so long I always take my time to make sure I’m safe where I want to be and have a way out if need be.
This shot in general has been on the to do list for a while. And knowing myself I’m going to keep trying it. As usual the elements need to align to get the perfect conditions and they were pretty close (at least to what I have in my mind) this night 🙂 But then again…isn’ the fun in trying?
Wai’oli By Moonlight
The Wai’oli Hui`ia Church is iconic on Kaua’i. Standing by itself toward the end of Hanalei on the road it’s one of those places that just begs to be photographed. And it gets its fair share. One can usually see people pulled over snapping photos throughout the day. On this particular Friday night in February 2010 I had spent sunset out at Ke’e Beach (see: Sun’s Retreat) catching a very tranquil end of day. Clear, calm. Perfect winter day. On the way back the itch got a hold of me and I pulled over myself to see what I could do in the full moonlight.
One of the difficulties of photographing the church is getting a proper angle on it. Because of various obstacles this becomes challenging. Plus now it was night and had to balance all the light sources being throw at me. Recalling correctly I spent the better part of an hour trying all different options. On this particular capture I very well might have been standing on the roof of my car across the street. In the end the mix of moonlight, Church light, star light and street light all combined to make a perfect little scene in Hanalei that night!
Happy New Year!
Better late than never. This image was taken on 1/1/2015 in an unassuming kinda place. But the sunset was full on 360 craziness and couldnt resist this simple composition. Here’s to a great 2015! Gonna be a wild ride!