Old Airport Beach, Kona, Hawaii

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/







  • bert dennison 4y

    man oh man!!! that is a beautiful place!! beautiful colors, light and exposure!!
  • Mark Sobers 4y

    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.
  • Frans Sellies 4y

    Very beautiful. Well done!
  • Steve Simon 4y

    i like the composition, especially the foreground!
  • I'm cindylouwho2 4y

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

    Photo by: Rita Timmins
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  • Jono Hey 4y

    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.
  • David Thompson 4y

    Nice light. Cool scene.
  • Mulewings~ 4y

    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!
  • Phil's Pixels 4y

    Excellent handling of some very challenging lighting conditions. Beautiful image! Superbly done Steve. Have fun!
  • Yvonne 4y

    great shot, beautifully captured. The lighting is awesome, perfectly done
  • Bill 4y

    Image looks great to me Steve
  • Dave Coppedge 4y

    Perfect. Really dazzles.
  • Bo Pardau 4y

    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.
  • Tan Yilmaz 4y

    Spectacular perspective and sky, awesome work.
  • Chuck & Pat Harkins 4y

    Super look and great sky, I like the touch of gold in the water, nice shot my friend.
  • jared ropelato 4y

    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.
  • seryani 4y

    A stunning shot, greatly done! Love your work, dear friend, thanks a lot for sharing!
  • Jim Johnston 4y

    beautiful photo. very well done.
  • reluctantly_optimistic 4y

    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 :-)
  • helen helen 8mo

    Beautiful photo , I love it
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