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.