Old Airport Beach, Kona, Hawaii

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    It's nice to be back near the ocean.

    Yikes, this seascape/sunset stuff is tough: wave washes out, and the lava rock is black as night and under-exposed. Wave washes in, and the whitewater blows out everything and the image is over-exposed. Change your shutter speed, your filter, your position, think fast, good luck getting a keeper. This close to the equator, the sun sets quick, pretty much straight down. Bonus points for not wasting your rig in the incoming tide surf or the lava.

    There's a bunch wrong with this image technically and comp wise, but hey, I'm on island time now. Cloud bank not visible on the horizon prevented the sky from going boom, this is as much color as i could get.

    For reasons I'm too embarrassed about to reveal here, I was without my underwater rig today, but I had a nice AM dive with my buddies Bo and Tom, whose work you can see here: www.flickr.com/photos/bodiver/5394688682/in/contacts/ or here: oceanplanetimages.smugmug.com/


    Mulewings~, Chief Bwana, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. bertdennisonphotography 51 months ago | reply

      man oh man!!! that is a beautiful place!! beautiful colors, light and exposure!!

    2. marksobers 51 months ago | reply

      Ansel Adams talked about taking fotos with the waves in or out. You can read his description if you have the time. Otherwise, have a nice time in Hawaii.

    3. Frans.Sellies 51 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful. Well done!

    4. ph4nn1 51 months ago | reply

      i like the composition, especially the foreground!

    5. I'm cindylouwho2 51 months ago | reply

      GREETINGS! You are welcome to place this
      incredible image on PHOTOGRAPHY PLANET
      May the peace be with you always.

      Photo by: Rita Timmins
      Add 1- Award 1

    6. Jonohey 51 months ago | reply

      The little foam swirls in the foreground are beautiful. You got the exposure just right in my book. That's a refreshing site to see from January in London.

    7. Mulewings~ 51 months ago | reply

      Sigh. I do so want to be there right now. Great spot for great sunsets and rocks. Some of the hardest photography situations, but you made it unforgettable.
      Have a brewsky at the Kona Brewery for me!

    8. Philip Kuntz 51 months ago | reply

      Excellent handling of some very challenging lighting conditions. Beautiful image! Superbly done Steve. Have fun!

    9. Yvonne Baur [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

      great shot, beautifully captured. The lighting is awesome, perfectly done

    10. billunder 51 months ago | reply

      Image looks great to me Steve

    11. Chief Bwana 51 months ago | reply

      Perfect. Really dazzles.

    12. bodiver 51 months ago | reply

      Shoot, I thought you just shot beautiful scenes. Wrong! You make ordinary scenes look exceptional. I better start opening my eyes more......Nice one, Steve.

    13. hapulcu 51 months ago | reply

      Spectacular perspective and sky, awesome work.

    14. Chuck & Pat Harkins 51 months ago | reply

      Super look and great sky, I like the touch of gold in the water, nice shot my friend.

    15. Jared Ropelato 51 months ago | reply

      great swirling comp here. I love that the rocks in the fg, the waves, and the sky all make similar swirling patterns. Very nice light too. Great work.

    16. seryani 51 months ago | reply

      A stunning shot, greatly done! Love your work, dear friend, thanks a lot for sharing!

    17. Jim Johnston (OKC) 51 months ago | reply

      beautiful photo. very well done.

    18. reluctantly_optimistic 50 months ago | reply

      Your photos are amazing & inspiring! I just recently got myself a Nikon D3100 and I'm still learning my way around it...one of these days I hope to capture shots like these :-)

    19. boricuasoy65 7 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo , I love it

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