Walk by faith, not by sight.
Photographing a location for the first time at sunrise provides many challenges. It starts off with getting to the location in the dark. In the case of this image, taken at a notoriously dangerous spot on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, that involved a very wet and slippery climb down a muddy and steep trail. Tree branches provided the only real source of stability as we traversed the unforgiving Hawaiian topography by light of head torch. We arrived at the cliffs muddy and dirty. Then we hiked along the cliff tops being watched by hundreds of wedge-tailed shearwaters who were calling their eerie calls, only to be drowned out every 20 seconds or so by waves of indeterminate size slamming into the cliffs we were standing on. As twilight came and our eyes started working without a head torch we scouted a composition, got set up, focused, continued to adjust exposure as the ambient light increased and all the while keeping an eye on every incoming wave for our safety.
All of your senses become more sensitive in these situations, like you've switched from SD to HD on your TV. It not only increases the difficulty but also the satisfaction when you can walk away with an image. I try and share the stories behind my images because I believe the story is the supporting cast to the lead role (the image). I hope you like the image and appreciate the story!
2018Coastal PhototgraphyHawaiiKauaiLong ExposureOceanQueens BathSunrise