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Lava Light - Maui, Hawaii | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Lava Light - Maui, Hawaii

Sunrise as the cobblestones roll around on the volcanic coast of East Maui, Hawaii. For a photographer, the east side of the island is the most interesting side. No HDR!


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Settings etc.:



Canon 5D (original mk I)

Canon 17-40L @33

0.2 second exposure @F10

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.75

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

ISO 200 (I like ISO 50 but I needed a shorter exposure in this low light)

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop


This black cobblestone beach near Hana, is right next to what is locally called the Venus Pool. This is a really spectacular place with a pool right behind the beach. Most people photograph the pool, but the ankle-breaking cobblestones were too much to resist! I did get a nice one of the pool which I may upload later. The black rocks reflect virtually no light for the camera unless they are wet and shiny from erosion. So I found a nice reflective spot and waited for the light on the rock and the cobblestones. Once that happened, I waited for a nicely formed wave to break.


I saw nowone for the entire two hours I spent on this beach. This side of the island has very few people and the tourists (no buses allowed on the 50 or so one-way bridges) do not arrive until after 10am.


The map shows EXACTLY where this is.


See my thoughts on the new Canon 5D mk II here:




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Taken on August 18, 2008