• The vog added extra color and atmosphere here.
  • I de-saturated the red areas because they looked like red blobs even though with my eye I saw lots of fine detail. Now they look more natural, like as I saw them.
  • This only lasts for a few moments. I don't think that people on the beach noticed this reflection. That is why they were surprised when I showed them this in the back of the camera!
  • I chose a 1/4-second exposure to keep detail and show only a bit of motion. So I opened it to F9 and upped the ISO to 100.
  • Maui is under this cloud bank. It attracts clouds on the upwind side.
  • There were no high clouds, so the colors disappeared about 2 minutes after this photo was made. You only get a few minutes of good sunset light in Hawaii in general. However, the clouds make for good daytime light for an hour before sunset!
  • liking some turquois perfectly blended with warm orange..PG's style! - tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp

Mango Skies - Hapuna Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

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The 'vog' made for a perfect end to the day at Hapuna beach. This was the view a few minutes after the last upload. I went swimming afterwards. Title by:
Jim Patterson! No HDR.

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Settings etc.:

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @17 (just a bit from the widest setting)
1/4-second exposure @F9
LEE soft ND grads (100x150mm - 4x6in) 0.9 + 0.9
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
No polarizer.
ISO 100
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

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The Story
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This was the view just as the sun touched the horizon at Hapuna Beach as the volcanic fog (vog) from Kilauea moved in on the left side of the frame. The vog turned the lower part of the sky a surreal shade of very light red compared to the usual blue you would normally see. I made sure to capture the sand at the most reflective moment to bring even more of the sky into the picture. Other than that, there was little drama involved here. In fact, it was so relaxing and perfect that I had to remind myself that I was shooting!

I showed this in the back of the camera to a curious person standing behind me. He said, "Wow, I didn't see that!" That was an unexpected response since he was right there. I think that he missed this reflective moment while staring directly at the sunset instead of noticing everything. Photos can capture what a video or a direct experience can miss. The lesson here is to never forget that fact when you are out shooting!

Processing was super-easy. I left the colors alone other than selecting the reds in the sky and de-saturating them a bit to bring out more of the fine detail. It took about 2 minutes to create a TIFF file! Usually it takes about 10 minutes.

Information from the last upload: Hapuna beach is often rated as the #1 beach in the US, with perfect weather year-round, perfect sand and a water temperature of about 77 (25c) year round. Not too hot or too cold ever. The beach gets about 5 inches (12cm) of rain per year. It is a state park, so access is easy. It is also a great place to watch the sunset. Although rain clouds are blocked by the twin 14,000 ft (4300m) volcanos Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, clouds and volcanic fog ('vog') still wrap around them creating lots of thick atmosphere for dramatic sunsets.

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  1. Lainey1 54 months ago | reply

    Wow. This is wonderful. I'm going to go look at some of your other pictures now.

  2. lowellsimonsen 54 months ago | reply

    Incredible photo. Looks to me like you know your stuff.

  3. Laureos 54 months ago | reply

    Lovely reflections, deep and vibrant colors... Great composition!

  4. mauicondos 52 months ago | reply

    Patrick, I really like your photos.

  5. andread881 51 months ago | reply

    Great colours!!!

  6. squalo79 51 months ago | reply

    che colori!

  7. fotos.chantal 50 months ago | reply

    sehr sehr schön

  8. lcgogo 49 months ago | reply

    relax at max

  9. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    Excellent Shot

  10. frNaz 46 months ago | reply

    che meraviglia

  11. Flight Of Littlewing 45 months ago | reply

    Love this awesome shot. Great color....Incredible sky.

  12. Tonx- 42 months ago | reply

    I love this effect of the reflection in the sand... Well done!

  13. Amandine Marque 42 months ago | reply

    Scuse me, How do you a fabulous lighting?

    It's pretty

  14. pamela joan1 41 months ago | reply

    Wow !! all your photographs are amazing
    you are very talented
    greetings from england

  15. meguringo 2 months ago | reply

    Super Coooooool

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