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Hanalei Mist - Kauai, Hawaii | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Hanalei Mist - Kauai, Hawaii

The mist and cloud set the mood on this memorable morning in Hanakei, Kauai. No HDR.


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0.3-second exposure @F18

with Lee soft ND grad 0.9 + 0.6 with Cokin z-pro holder

Canon 5D

Canon 17-40L @ 30

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop


Clear skies would have been nice to walk under, but the mood would have been

gone and the light would have been harsh. Hanalei Bay is a 3-mile long perfect crescent of sand surrounded by the world’s rainiest mountains. Over 500 inches of rain drench nearby Mt. Waialeale every year and about 100 inches fall on this beach. 5 of the 7 famous waterfalls can be seen here.


Despite all that rain, days are mostly clear so it still took me several return trips to this beach in order to be here at the right time. Up to seven waterfalls are often seen in the mountains after a good rain shower. The atmosphere created some nice warm filtered light, which turned the sand into gold for a few seconds in between waves. The sun is rising to the left of the frame.





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Taken on November 22, 2006