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First helicopter ride...ever. Pretty wild time. And I didnt even get sick! Woohoo. Made a TON of first time mistakes. We went doors off for less glare which was great but trying to shoot w/ the wind was quite challenging. That and the changing light and trying to expose just to the right of too bright to be able to save the sky highlights in post. So between blurry images and wrong exposure I did not come away with too many I was happy with, but this will be the first of many flights. Now to get those waterfalls going!

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Standing at the 2nd Kalalau overlook about 20 min after the wonderful glow had faded the twilight takes over and another glow becomes aparant. The red and purple in the dirt in front of me seemed too intense to be true...and in fact I had to desaturate it a bit in post. The long exposure rendering the clouds smooth add to the calming nature of the scene (at leaset in my opinion) :)

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Digging this one out of the archives...taken almost exactly 2 years ago I have a print of it in my room but havent 'released' it yet. So went back and completely reworked it. This was before I realized what I should be doing so was actually shot in JPG not RAW! Yikes. RAW allows soo much more leway with editing.... Luckily it was exposed close enough.

This lookout is one of the most epic places in Hawaii...though conditions can be varied to say the least (see "Patience's Reward"). During the summer season the sun sets far north and this golden light comes streaming in the valley. Lovely indeed!

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The clouds part briefly to reveal Kalalau beach below. Love shines through.

Creative Liberty: There is a slight dodge (brighten) to accentuate the heart shape in the cloud...but that is what was there!

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The summer solstice is a magical time of year on Kauai. The sun sets at its northern most point and sends golden rays across the north coast. The Kalalau Overlook is one such spot. Often shrowded in clouds it can look like one big cloud or one of the greatest views on the planet. This day had a bit of both.

Arriving a bit more than an hour before sunset the clouds moved in and out and as the sun got low the valley cleared in totality and the golden light shone in. The amount of color in the scene was overwhelming.

4 horizontal images (2 blended photos each), railing removed from bottom right...was standing on table to get better perspective.

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Normally when you walk up to a 300ft waterfall the idea is to capture the entire grandeur of the scene. However upon approaching the base of the falls the softness and subtly caught me. The way the veil of water was playing with the contrast. I knew the contrast would work then the next step would be to find an angle that worked best. This one seemed to balance the soft greens in the corner well w/ the color of the water. And yes, the blues are actually desaturated here. I wanted to keep the deep colors of the intense shadows.

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Nothing makes standing in the wind and rain for an hour to get the shot more worth it than having the clouds break and getting the shot. Of course the people next to me who had just showed up had it easy :P. Rainbow lasted about 2 min and was gone. 4 stitched images

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4 images. ~30s each on a very very unusually clear morning. Large surf made for the misty atmosphere that the light was able to make fairly unique as the beams hit the mountainside. I really try and stay away from images that are 1:4 because they become very difficult to print at a decent size as they need to be very large to look good. But alas :)

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EDIT: Finalized the photo!

EDITx2: I thought I finalize the photo...thanks to Hougaard [link] for suggesting a blue channel blend which enabled me to blend the halo out w/ an easy mask! Woohoo.

YES...the sunrise was this nuts.

Same sunrise as "Eyes of Wainiha"

2 exposure blend.

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"The Great Valley"

Summer is a magical season on the north shore of Kauai. The sun sets far enough north to send golden light streaming into the Hanalei River Valley. As the waterway winds its way to the ocean a picturesque scene develops as waterfalls pour down the face of Namolokama.

Artistic liberty: 3 houses were removed from this photo as they have been built in the last year and completely take away from this landscape.


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