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"View of Molokini" , Southwest Shore Maui, Hawaii

I like going to rarely photographed beaches to see unusual views like this!
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Details

Canon 5D

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
ISO 50
No polarizer
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

The 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.gov

Resources

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/
Google Earth
http://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)
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

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

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82 comments
 
The light on the sand and the highlight on the crest of the wave crashing into the shore is sweet!
Mandy H
 
Wow, this is very beautiful! Well done!
 
Such a beautiful place!
 
amazing colours, especially reflecting in the water.
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maravilhoso! dá para ouvir as ondas batendo....
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gou yi
 
thank you!
 
A place I would Love to think about life, Its magnificent....Beautiful in its majestic way...Well done....
 
c est magnifique..je m imagine sur cette plage...
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nice photoshop work.....quite nice
 
so beautiful of view
 
I've read the publication, and even though I'd had all that gear, I wonder whether I'd been able to get such an awesome picture!
Homa Kh
 
that's the way I like sea
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Wonderful view and light! I like the light intensity on the clouds and its reflections on the water!
 
This picture makes me sick. I am jealous!
 
Not only do you take great shots...This really looks like a painting and it's very generous of you to share your resources and training to pave the way for us...
 
I think i never seen this one before, superb shot PG, the light is fabulous!
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Mirá, Flor, todo lo que comparte este fotógrafo que hace unos pocos años sabía mucho de pintura pero poco de fotografía
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