I didn’t have high expectations about Hawaii, and certainly Honolulu met these expectations: basically concrete and beaches. Still, with the right light and the right viewpoint, even concrete can be made to look beautiful, as this sunset shot from Magic Island shows.
*Quiet Waihi Stream*
I walked the Manoa Falls trail on my first morning in Hawaii (I was there for work, but nothing says you can’t take advantage of waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning thanks to jetlag not to discover the country outside of working hours…) The falls themselves were a bit underwhelming (I felt), but the Waihi stream flowing from the falls was real pretty and I kept stopping by the side of the trail to capture photos. I had brought my platypod with me (a really functional flat ‘tripod’), which turned out to be real handy.
With rushing water, long exposure is very relative. Though some like to do really long exposure times, I find that it gives the water a supernatural texture that is too far removed from the scene I see for my tastes. So my preference goes to speeds around 1/10s, which is what this is. With a stabilized lens, you can even do this handheld, as I did here. I like the tropical lushness of the surrounding vegetation around the brook…
*Straight to Wall Street*
When I arrived in Brooklyn to try and shoot Wall Street at dawn, I arrived early. These piles spoke to me, so I tried to frame them in my first shot. I then moved and got more direct shots when the sun rose properly, but I’m not wondering if I shouldn’t have stayed just there. Anyway, this is minutes before dawn and I quite like the composition, if I say so myself.
I love waterfalls, and the first time I managed to traipse around New Zealand, I made sure to go to Waiau Falls in Coromandel. The place is magical, very few people there (at least in early spring when I went) and a great scenic view. This was my best shot.
It was the boulder that attracted me to this composition. I love the way the waves at the forefront look like mist over the rocks, and I think the round boulder and the pointy island balance each other out nicely, compositionally speaking.
To say that our summer in Wellington a little over a year ago was worse than most winters in France would be an understatement. But I got dramatic skies and heavy grey light, good stuff for long exposure black and whites by the sea. I only published one shot from this series previously, and when I revisited it this one struck me as really interesting.
When it comes to composition, the effects of wide angle on how things sit in the frame is interesting and an opportunity to play around with things. Here the island that was maybe 500 meters from the shore looks really far away, and the rocks at the foot of my tripod look massive. And this was just 15mm, imagine at 10mm !!!
*Where’s the Sun?*
I got up really early on a Sunday morning to catch the sunrise on the Southeastern side of Hong Kong Island. The weather apps said it was going to be a sunny day. Even before I got to Shek O, I knew that would not be the case thanks to the drizzle on my windshield. Weather is not an exact science. But when life gives you lemons you make lemonades, so I shifted from glorious colour sunrise over sea to moody black and white over rocks. I got three good shots out of it, this one is the first.
*Alternate Port Mélite*
Last week I reposted on social media this photo Port Mélite which I took in 2011. The version I posted was an HDR: back then I was experimenting with the technique and although I quickly dropped it, that picture stayed one of my favourite. As I was looking through my collections to publish new long exposure shots this week, I found this alternate shot of the same location (just before and a very slightly different angle) and wondered if with the changes in Lightroom since 2011 and my changes in taste and editing skill I might produce a satisfying photo from the single shot. I’m pleased to say that I did, and I actually prefer the softer, more subdued tones of this alternate version.