Archives for December 2012

And When It Rains

Grab your camera and head for the nearest viewpoint for there is drama in an impending storm…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down for without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” by Jerry Chin…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

I’d have to say he must have been in Kauai when he wrote his poem.  We have had sprinkle after sprinkle and with each rain shower we get a nicely wrapped photo opportunity complete with rainbows.  Waimea Canyon is a perfect setting for rainbow landscapes…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR (3 image hand held pano)

 

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

A rainbow even graced our glimpse of the Na Pali Coast from the top of Waimea Canyon…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

You never know what mother nature is going to throw at you and while we are not having lay on the beach, snorkel in the surf, fun in the sun weather, I for one, am sure enjoying the beautiful show mother nature is providing.  Stay tuned.

 

Ain’t No Sunshine

Sure there is nothing like that sweet first light of dawn when the world is bathed in a warm glow and all feels right with the world but, every day can’t be all sunrises and roses and that’s quite frankly ok with me.  Overcast or stormy days provide their own wonderful photo opportunities.  So, when I awoke to the sound of rain on the roof, I still jumped out of bed, had my coffee and then headed out to photograph the morning.  A wonderful stretch of coastline called Anini Beach on the north shore of Kauai was just down the road from our condo and I had scouted a spot the night before.

I began the morning working details of rocks and surf in the overcast light.  Even as low as the light was I had my aperture at it’s smallest setting of f22, my ISO at L1.0 and a Singh Ray Vari-ND threaded to the front of my lens adjusting it to reach 30 seconds to soften the movement of the water…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

I decided to go with the monochromatic feel of the morning by processing some of the mornings images in B&W using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.0…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

I was so focused on shooting that a deluge snuck up on my and it wasn’t until I heard the rain pelting the leaves above me that I knew it was time to pack up and quick time it to the car.  However, we didn’t leave as storms are quick to pass in Kauai and sure enough awhile later we had dramatic skies as the weather began to clear.  Once again I felt B&W communicated the drama of the sky best…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Those of you who follow me regularly know how much I love waterfalls and overcast light is waterfall weather so before I called it a morning I headed to Opeaka’a Falls for a quick waterfall fix…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.6-5.6 VR

 

While many would be dismayed at the lack of sunshine, I find many things to photograph when there “ain’t no sunshine”!  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

R & R Kauai Style

I have wrapped up my Excellent Photo Adventures for the year, Christmas is approaching and shortly after that the New Year.  What better way to spend a week of pre-Christmas relaxation than with family in the beautiful location of Kauai, Hawaii.  With our base of operation in Princeville we spent the first day exploring the north part of the island.  I have a couple of spots picked out for night skies (if we get any) and a location or two for sunrise and sunsets this week.  In the meantime here are a few favorites from our first day as we get into the laid back island pace.  One of the most photographed (and beautiful) scenes on the Island is the view overlooking the Hanalei Valley where there are Taro fields as far as the eye can see.  We spent several minutes at the overlook while people came and went.  They would pull in, jump out of their cars, click off a few frames and be gone.  Patiently waiting yielded the best light and clouds…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR (2 frame, handheld, 3 image HDR pano)

 

Part of successfully photographing a location is to get into the rhythm and flow of light across the landscape.  To me, clouds make the scene and when the photo gods throw in a few beams it’s a natural.  However, the light can be challenging.  Nothing a few extra stops of light won’t solve, so I made a five image, hand held, HDR to capture more of the information in the foreground while keeping detail in the clouds…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

They say that every cloud has a silver lining.  I think that’s a good philosophy for life…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Curiosity drove us down into the Hanalei Valley for a closer look at the Taro fields.  The plants grow in “bogs”, the back lighting brought out the details and patterns in the leaves…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR (cropped to pano format)

 

We finished the day at Anini Beach waiting for sunset.  And what is a Hawaiian sunset without lovers?  All I needed was a palm tree or three…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

It was a perfect way to settle into the Hawaiian pace.  I look forward to a week of “fun in the sun” with my two most favorite people by my side and my camera in hand.  Stay tuned.