Recently I had the pleasure of photographing along the Central Coast of CA. While in CA a lot I hadnt been to this part of the state yet. Just so happened the trip coincided with the full moon so naturally my mind starts to line up ideas that could be possible. While we had been at the dunes earlier in the week the decision was to come back for sunset on our last night. Full moon rise right around sunset. While sunset was great (see previous post) the light was about to get crazy. There is a very small window of time, where the fading twilight starts to balance the brightness of the moon. It is in this brief window that I am now completely enraptured by. Nothing compares to the uniqueness of the colors that become possible. In the end I believe I was able to just take 3 photos before the light wasnt quite the same. This image I have two versions of, one cropped to make an interesting panorama. I am including both for your viewing. Which do you prefer??
Heading out on a Koke’e adventure our goal for the day was the Kilohana Overlook. As is too many times, when we arrived it was completely socked in. We enjoyed the hike and shot some detail work along the way. Arriving back at the car it was decided to head to the Kalalau Overlook for sunset since it’s always so epic from up there. Cresting the top we were greeted to an amazing view. This time with the addition of the large NW swell rolling in to the coast. From about 4,000 feet up you can see the swell lines way out to the horizon. So much energy being directed at our coasts and yet, from this height, looking so smooth and playful. The twilight light was perfect as I set out with my long lens to capture some detail and abstract work. This one image in particular I feel gives a good sense of that scene that day.
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 🙂
“Oceans XVI” (unreleased)
The quality of light this day at Polihale was simply incredible. Rare storm clouds built out in the distance late morning. The intense dark clouds acted as an incredible contrast to the illuminated waters closer to shore. I then abstracted them in the camera and ended up with a couple of good results. This is one. Much thanks!