Beyond by huskershoe

“Beyond”

After observing the promising skies, I decided to go check out Mala Pier for sunset as it’s been on the list and left totally in awe of what just happened for a few brief moments. The most challenging thing about photographing a sunset here in Hawaii is catching it at it’s peak. Due to our location, the sunsets are very quick, vibrant, and colors can be very intense! There is literally a major difference in images spaced just 20 seconds apart, so catching that perfect moment at a spot is what it’s all about. This, is one of those moments……. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from Andrew Shoemaker Photography!

SHOE

Nikon D810
2.5 sec @ f/16 ISO 31
Nikon 14-24 @ 14mm
CPL

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Break of Dawn by RyanBuchanan

An early morning 60 second exposure just before sunrise at Wai’anapanapa State Park on Maui’s eastern shore. Incredible lava rock formations dive right into the ocean. The long exposure allowed the water to be less busy while also getting some nice movement in the clouds. I decided to go black and white with this one because I was able to make this into a more high-constrasted scene, making the rocks pop against the water. Also, the color image was pretty flat color-wise to begin with. Website: Exposurescape.com Instagram: @exposurescape

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Synapse by RyanBuchanan

My last day on Maui was spent in Hana and I ventured out for sunrise yet again at Waiʻanapanapa State Park. Was a nice send-off for the second half of our honeymoon. Really enjoyed this spot and these lava rock formations—And they enjoyed ripping half my clothes and damn-near skinning me alive—gotta watch your step.

This 25 second exposure (15mm | f/18 | 100) was taken just as the top of the sun broke over the cloud layer on the horizon and lit up the scene. Because of the amount of texture I saw in the rocks and the patchy clouds, I decided to use my 10-stop filter for a longer exposure to calm the water. Having choppy water with everything else going on could have been too much. I also knew the long exposure would get me some smoother movement in the clouds as well. The sunstar was cleaned up and modified. Spent a long time balancing out the tones in this one—especially the color tones.

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Haleakala Crater by CliveHollingshead

Haleakalā (/ˌhɑːliːˌɑːkəˈlɑː/; Hawaiian: [ˈhɐleˈjɐkəˈlaː]), or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains.
The tallest peak of Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.

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Endure by RyanBuchanan

*Best on Black* Arriving in Wailea—on the southwestern coast of Maui—I took one glance down the coastline and immediately new I would have to shoot this majestic tree someway or another. What I didn’t know is that I’d be blessed with an incredible, all-consuming sunset as well. It was a very peaceful shooting experience.

While I had been waiting for the good light, I fired of multiple shots to capture the birds in flight (Terns or Frigate birds I think). In post I easily overlayed my favorite bird picture with my main one. The gentle wind was somewhat of an issue so I had to be sure to capture shots at least 1/60s to keep everything still. Another challenge here was balancing the light throughout. I took separate exposures for the sky and foreground while also shooting various focal points to ensure sharpness throughout as well. Blended all in post to my liking finding darkening a lights curve mask really got the final light to where I wanted. The land in the background is the northwest part of Maui.

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