Head cold, meh!
Head cold in Hawaii sounds like a great book but in reality it is less than fun, let me tell you. I still managed to get out and do a bit of shooting on our family vacation to Maui. We were staying right up the hill at the Montage Kapalua Bay, a very nice resort I will add. We had gone snorkeling in these very waters earlier in the day and were blessed to share it with several green sea turtles. I can't emphasize enough just how idyllic this place is. I had heard the stories about being able to see humpback whales from the shoreline but assumed they would be just a puff on the horizon, not fifty feet off the reef break. Whilst I was getting down to work here, two of the leviathans swam past close enough that a healthier me would have gotten them in frame. Mind blown!
This particular evening was easier than it should be as a location. I had already done the scouting work for this spot so I bounced down before dinner with my wide angle lens, tripod, and my trusty Singh Ray 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. Luckily, the clouds sitting on the horizon weren't too thick and we got some light dancing on the underside of the clouds we did have and Molokai kindly jutted out into the Pacific adding an extra layer of visual interest. Normally, the tracks in the sand would drive me nuts and I did consider trying to find a bucket or something to smooth it all out but I guess my aching head won out in the end. No matter, I like the emphasis that it isn't an isolated locale.
It was an adjustment to have such a small tidal variation. Living in Washington and often shooting in Maine, I'm used to eight to ten feet of shift over the day. Hawaii's little tide fluctuated just over a foot. Sadly, I nearly lost my gear due to negligence when I stepped away for a second. I'm also used to stones and pebble supported beaches. When the tide does roll in, it will quickly drop a tripod leg several inches causing the whole thing to tip dangerously. Beware if you are shooting on the beach there or on any beach for that matter. How I've not managed to loose camera gear on the beach at some point over the years frankly cannot be explained by reasonable odds.
The map below shows where I was standing.
The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveller hastens toward the town,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Link not provided for my 4" filter holder because I can't endorse the product positively and don't want to point someone else in that direction. It has two filter slots which I originally considered a definite plus but over time if you use both the back slot expands and the filter will slide out on its own. My own misfortune was to get a $150.00 filter permanently scratched this way.
Until next time,