• love the reflection on the wet sand...amazing!

    Thanks, I waited for the brief period when the sand was the most reflective.

    Patrick - Faddoush
  • A log that I used as foreground for another shot.
  • Just in front of Mt. Waialeale, the rainiest spot on earth depending on the year.
  • Another waterfall.
  • Several famous waterfalls only seen right after big rains.
  • The mist was a good background to highlight the coconut trees.
  • A coral reef keeps big waves away most of the time, so I waited for good color instead of a wave.
  • The light along with the mist added depth here.
  • I waited for the sun to strike the clouds in a pleasing way.
  • This is 3 miles away!
  • The mountain tops are well over 4,000 feet above the water!
  • Nice color my friend - FAHAD ALSUMAITI

Hanalei Mist - Kauai, Hawaii

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

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Settings etc.:

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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  1. The Girl In Orange 57 months ago | reply

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  2. EarthShots.org Photo Contest 57 months ago | reply

    This is a really wonderful photo!

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  3. E. TN guy 57 months ago | reply

    Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  4. danrsnyder 54 months ago | reply

    Stunning beach view. Excellent work!

  5. enrix64 53 months ago | reply

    spectacular scene, fabulous colors, great shot...

  6. davyo4 [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    such great shots you make your landscapes come so alive Dave.

  7. Tina♫ 52 months ago | reply

    Magical and amazing!!!

  8. Hail911 52 months ago | reply

    i love your picture!!!!
    could u please comment and share mine....

  9. livia.com 51 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful work about light!! Compliments!!

  10. Steve Courson 51 months ago | reply

    Just found your photostream and I'm glad I did. Your compositions are crazy good on top of great lighting and subjects. Very, very nice camera work.

  11. Adam Godlewski 50 months ago | reply

    Incredible view, beautiful reflections, amazing place!

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  13. elizabeth.otag 49 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful scene!!!

  14. APENAF 48 months ago | reply

    Congratulations! What a beautiful picture.

  15. bfore1 41 months ago | reply

    Just amazing. Thank you for sharing this magnificent pic.

  16. Marcel Tuit 30 months ago | reply

    Wow, just incredible light and composition. Beautiful!

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