Day 1. Actually not even more than a couple of hours after meeting our Workshop clients we found ourselves at the first stop of the 6 days we were to take exploring and photographing the island. Given that the waves were up that day, and Ke’e Beach the destination, we made a pit stop over at Lumahai just past Hanalei. I knew from pictures and reports that the beach and shifted tremendously over the winter. Massive westerly swells pushed sand 20′ deeper than I’ve seen in places before, ever. Of course I was the only one to know (or possibly care, ha) but I knew that unique possibilities would be there.
Getting down I was blown away. Rocks that people normally jump off of in to the ocean were filled all the way up to with sand. Crazy! Walking up this little pool was hanging out enticing us so we set up and watched the surf. Occasionally the waves would wash over the rock to the right and cascade in to the pool. Which I thought was the shot I was after with them. Getting everyone squared away and set up I was poking around to see what was left. What you cant see in this photograph are the two tripods to either side of me 🙂
As we sat biding our time, watching the clouds move by, waves come and go the sun disappeared. And all the golden light we had was gone. Knowing we needed to get to Ke’e for sunset time was starting to run out. The ehu kai (sea spray) was hanging around as well as winds were fairly light, thus allowing it to collect along the beach and treeline. Magically, a beam of light opened up and illuminated the mist far down the beach! Woah! I was able to get a few exposures off and then it was gone. 60s of light. That’s all there was for this image. Amazing! Quickly packing up we were off to our second location of the workshop. What a way to start the week 🙂
Processing this photograph I really wanted to show off the awesome curves which drew me to the scene in the first place. After editing the color version I had a feeling that the simplicity of a black and white might make more of an impact to the effect I was after. Converting it I was stoked to see the result but both images have their merits. So instead of posting one…I present you both!
Note: For cleanliness some footprints were removed from the scene.
Much thanks and enjoy!
It’s a funny thing having an image in one’s mind and then trying to go after it. As time has progressed I find my ideas are more and more subject to the ephemerality of nature (yes that’s a word…or should be). This particular afternoon the conditions were aligning to go after one of these such ideas; heavy ehu kai (sea spray) hugging the cliffs of the Na Pali at sunset. With the surf pounding the north shore of great than 30′ I knew the possibility was there. All I needed was a clear (enough) sky to the west and light winds to allow the spray to build. Getting to the trail I had a bit of extra pep in my step and managed to make the first .5mi in about 10 minutes. From there I was greeted with a welcome sight. I had shot from 2 locations in the area before and knew approximately where I should be but allowed some time to scout just in case.
As the sun got lower the clouds out on the horizon helped play with the light as it popped through. This dappling of light along the cliffs was nothing short of magical and a great preamble to the light show that would happen just shortly after this. But that’s an image that will have to wait until another day 🙂