I woke up early this morning to try a photo shot I’ve seen done a million times, but had never tried it for myself. Here is my interpretation of the sea, the sand and some sea shells.
I arrived at my beach location in Makena before the sun was up or the gate to the parking lot was even opened, and already there were four other cars parked outside. As I followed the trail and made it over the rocks, I found myself looking at a completely empty beach. What a relief. I thought for sure there would be a few other intrepid photographers out this morning.
The sunrise was beautiful over Haleakala, but facing West was not as colorful as I had hoped.
One of the biggest challenges with this sunrise shoot was trying to keep the sand and salt off the lens and camera. The sand on Maui is so fine, so beautiful, but it can be so frustrating if it gets somewhere you do not want it to be.
The salt from the ocean spray is a little easier to deal with, but can be a nuisance if you are not paying attention to it. It will sit on your lens waiting for you to take that perfect shot, then when you get home, you see the spots in the picture.
As I was shooting I could see the boats racing out to Molokini crater, filled to the gunwales with tourists.
I tried my best to catch what was left of the Moon in with the two starfish. I wish I was better prepared for this shot. If I owned Photoshop I probably could have taken two pictures (one of the moon in focus, one of the star fishes) and combined them into one composition.
Loved the pink in the sky on the above shot.
My cat-like reflexes saved my butt from getting soaked on this last shot.