"View of Molokini"
, Southwest Shore Maui, Hawaii
I like going to rarely photographed beaches to see unusual views like this!
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Canon 17-40L @ 24
0.2-second exposure @F14
LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.6
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
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 headThe Story
It was a brief but spectacular light show on Little Beach as I looked out towards Molokini and Kaho`olawe islands. I enjoy photography in Hawaii because the constant trade winds almost guarantee clouds on one side of the island or the other. So about an hour before sunset, I study the clouds and head out where they are the best. This beach is just over a spit of lava from Big Beach and offers nice views of the other side of maui and the island of Lanai too. The islet of Molokini to the right is shaped like a crescent moon with excellent diving and snorkeling on the inside.Other stuff
My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.govResources
I wrote a 325 eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html
A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
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)http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr
Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235
Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml
Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.http://www.californiacoastline.org/