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Hanalei Bay Light | by David Shield Photography
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Hanalei Bay Light

Hanalei Bay – Kauai – Hawaii


Even though this was not a photography shooting trip, I was able to find time to go out and shoot during sunrise. The amazingly cool thing was the beach house I was staying at was literally just steps from here, so I would get up early each morning and walk across the rain-soaked lawn to the beach.


My intention is to attempt to convey each scene I photograph as originally as possible, so I chose this particular morning to shoot a series of images at thirty seconds each to use for a panorama. The light at Hanalei Bay can be magical, as it was on this particular morning and I wanted to present an image that showcased as much of that light as possible.


The wide field of view has given a false curvature to the scene; however the pier boardwalk lines up perfectly with the water-land line, helping to restore overall image composition balance.


Nikon D7000

16-85 f/3.5 at 19mm

11 Images

30 Seconds


ISO 125

B+W 110 ND Filter

Gitzo Tripod

Vanguard Ballhead


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Taken on March 9, 2014