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.