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Golden Falls - Queen's Bath, Kauai, Hawaii | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Golden Falls - Queen's Bath, Kauai, Hawaii

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I'm writing an app for apple and Android devices about photographing the California coast! I'll be done in a couple of months.

 

I have many new photos of Kauai to share. For this, I had to bail out several times when bigger waves would strike. This place could be extremely dangerous during the winter and I DO NOT suggest you try this during big surf!!!

 

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Settings etc.:

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Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @ 22

(wide to capture more of the sky and the top of the falls)

0.3-second exposure @ F13

ISO 160

2-0.9 (3-stop) Lee soft edge neutral density graduated filters

Lee foundation kit filter holder (3-slots)

Lee adapter ring to fit my 77mm lens to the holder

No polarizer

Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol grip ball head

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

 

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The Story:

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From a trail near the Princeville hotel, you gain access to some incredible coastal scenery including a large lava swimming pool called "Queen's Bath" but on this evening I wanted to capture these falls as they enter the ocean as they are lit by the last rays of the sun. The falls do not show up well in photographs unless the golden sun is striking them during the summer. I had to get into a small area under a lava ledge and stand on extramely slippery rounded rock at low tide to get this view. The best time to shoot this (because of the angle of the sun hittin gthe water) is probably the summer.

  

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Resources:

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Google Earth

earth.google.com/

 

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

 

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

 

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

    

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Taken on July 30, 2011