While spending some time on Maui a couple of weeks ago I managed to rally back to Ho’okipa to attempt to capture more Honu, the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. This time at sunrise. At first I was suspect as getting to the beach I didnt see any. Especially after last time where there were about a half a dozen hanging out. Walking closer I realized that there was in fact one…and a big un! As I set up and spent some time with him/her (I didnt check) the sun started to rise behind me over my right shoulder. The clouds scooted by. Some high clouds lit up and the occasional sprinkle of rain passed over. As the sky brightened and the waves lapped up around our new friend she (I’ll go with she now) decided it was time for breakfast and started her morning wake up routine. It was at this time that I had decided to slap (ok…carefully screw on) a 10 stop ND filter. This allowed me to take 30s captures of the scene while maintaining the proper exposure. I was able to get 2 shots off before she decided it was time to head in to the water. As she approached the water she paused as I took one last shot. And then moved again. After the camera finally clicked I wasnt sure I got anything as my main subject moving would obviously create blur. However I was pleasantly surprised to find that she moved the perfect amount. The balance between movement and stillness. You can see her motion but still make out the detail in her huge frame.
After that I decided to switch gears and put on my long lens to capture some of the surfers. Not a bad way to start the day!