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Sleeping Honu and the Sun

I woke up Sunday morning before the sun came up and went to Ho’okipa Beach hoping to catch a colorful sunrise. I was successful, but not the way I had it planned in my mind. The colors in the sky weren’t as resplendent as I had hoped, but the green limu (Hawaiian for algae) helped make my photos pop.

30 seconds, little stopper, and .9 graduated neutral density filter, f/22, 14mm, ISO 200 with a Nikon D610 and 14-24mm lens.

I brought my 70-200mm lens as well, just in case the famous Ho’okipa honus were around (read more about them here). There were nine green sea turtles up on the beach when I made it over to that end of the beach. Some turtles were awake and beginning the crawl back towards the ocean, while others were sleeping, dreaming sweet honu dreams as the sun began to warm their shells.

I was thinking ahead this time and brought a beach towel, so I could lay down and get a few sand-level shots. In my opinion it makes a world of difference with the composition of my shots.

This is an eight shot panoramic.

This is a sixteen shot panoramic.

Unfortunately, some people feel since they use this beach frequently that they do not have to follow the same standards that others should follow.

Father of the year.

The worst part about these two is that they walked right by the warning signs in order to step over and around the resting sea turtles. This father and son and too many others like them are the reason we have volunteers who sit on the beach in the hot sun and give their valuable time to help educate the public about proper etiquette around resting sea turtles. I can only hope that once a honu was back in the ocean it pretended it was a shark and tried to scare these two out of the water.

I ran errands and did projects around the house the rest of the day, but I was lucky enough to make it down the hill to have a pint at Mulligans then try to shoot sunset with Jonny Hooks at Polo Beach in Wailea. The color during sunset was about as vibrant as it was during sunrise, which is to say that it was non-existent, but it was still nice to be able to have the chance to shoot the sun both coming and going in one full day.

6 seconds, circular polarizer, and a .9 stop graduated neutral density filter, f/22, 14mm, ISO 200 with a Nikon D610 and 14-24mm lens.