Photographing waves or wildlife on Kauai, is often far more productive in the mid day light. In a world where most photographers shoot in the pre dawn or pre dusk (Golden Hour) light. Kauai and its tropical waters and reefs are best shooting when the sun is high in the sky, bringing out the many shades of blue and purple
this tropical locations has to offer. When visiting Kauai, sleep in and enjoy your morning, the best light is yet to come 🙂
Wave explodes on the rocks of the North Shore of Kauai
While working in the Gallery one day, I could not help but overhear a customer comment: “What a lucky shot; he must have been using a very expensive camera.” It got me thinking … are my shots in fact a product of expensive equipment, lucky coincidence or talent? The customer was commenting on the image, “Foamy Flute,” one of mymost successful images. Now, I recognize the customer has no real understanding that the foam (captured in a frozen state) was actually breaking on the sand at a speed faster than the human eye can process or appreciate. The foam was happening with such speed that it wasn’t until I got my film back from the lab did I even understand what had occurred in front of me that morning, or just how perfect my timing, composition and exposure really was.
Lucky images are rarely stumbled upon; they are the product of many years of failures and successes. They are about effort, tenacity and memory. When an opportunity like “Foamy Flute“ presented itself, it took every one of those past experiences to apply the proper camera, lens, shutter speed, depth of field, shooting position and ultimately the precise moment needed to open the lens for 1/ 2500th of a second (faster than the blink of a human eye). Ultimately, I captured the image in question, an image whose composition, lighting and timing are as close to perfection as any I have ever taken.
Which brings me back to the answer of my original question … Yes. My shots are a combination of equipment, luck, and talent to create this very special image.