As The Water Flows

DSC_7614-Topaz detail clarity-ps lut-cloan-1

Maui, Hawaii

This past summer my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting the Hawaiian island of Maui. So many beautiful sites to see and photography, but not enough time to see all that we wanted. This image is a 200 second exposure capturing the water flowing around the lava rock off the coast near Kaanapali. I used two ND filters reducing the exposure by 14 stops, as I was photographing during a sunny day.

Incoming Waves

36567334841_07d309ccaf_z

Photographing the waves crashing into the rocks of the breakwater at the harbor in Vertura, California was quite fun for this Arizona photographer. This is something that one does not experience in the beautiful state of Arizona. I really wanted to capture the power of the movement of water. I held I finger ready to fire the shutter as the waves were crashing against the rocks. To get a bit of movement, I used a shutter speed of 0.4 seconds. Later in Lightroom, I dodged (lighten) the bright spots in the water just a little bit to draw attention to the movement of water. Then I also darkened the shadow in the rock to add a bit of mystery and enhance the mood of the close of the day after the sun just dropped below the horizon. I finished off my editing by dodging the tops of the rocks so you can see the shapes of the rocks and show a little bit of the details.