The minutes before dawn can be bland, or they can be fantastic. When there are clouds and the sun is just about to peek above the horizon, you often get marvelous colours, as it was that morning in Hawaii. I decided to try this very sparse composition with lots of featureless sea due to the long exposure, and I find it very soothing.
The Manoa falls were a bit dissapointing (not much water and lots of tourists) but the stream coming down from the falls had lots of interesting photo opportunities (if one was willing to be devoured by mosquitoes). This is probably the best shot I got.
*Sunlight through the brambles*
There’s nothing more beautiful than a sunrise over sea. Also, there’s nothing more graphically boring unless you find some good foreground. I have recently started experimenting shooting sunrises or sunsets through vegetation. It backlights said vegetation and gives it a graphical abstract feel I quite like.
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.
To think I nearly missed this sunrise. I went to Lanikai beach before sunrise, and got so fascinated with the rocks on the beach that I nearly didn’t hike the little trail up to see these two islands with the sun rising just behind one of them. So glad the idea to walk these 100m finally came to me… And yes, OK, this is a bit of a cliché shot, but hey, a cliché means a photo in French, so what do you expect ?
I know, people checking their phones have become a classic by now, but I like these iron curtain backgrounds and I find there’s a nice contrast to this one.
I’ve always been fascinated by the value people put to various old things. In Europe though there tends to be some apparent selection before things are put for sale, whether it’s in a flea market or as a garage sale. Here in Hong Kong it feels to me (perhaps wrongly) that anything and everything makes it to the curb. I’d be curious to know how much this guy makes a day, I’d be willing to bet it’s not much…
One cultural difference that you quickly notice when living in Asia is that people are not shy about sleeping in public (although now that I think about it, it seems to be mostly men). This is much more spectacular in mainland China where you’ll find guys asleep literally everywhere, but you do see it in Hong Kong as well, as shown here.