Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunset in Hilo

Sunset in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

The south-east of the Big Island of Hawai'i where the city of Hilo lays is in stark contrast with the north-west where Kona, with its world famous coffee, welcomes plenty of tourists. The north-west is dry, black and the ocean is calm. The city of Hilo, capital of the Big Island, is wet and green, immersed in the jungle, its coast battered by big waves, the sky always moving, the region is inhabited by the most authentic Hawaiians, so proud of their language and mixed culture: a collection of native, european and asian traditions so intertwined that not even they can really tell where they come from. Just like the kindest host, Kawehi Cochran, who gave the most authentic Hilo experience one could hope for.

Hilo is, in fact, a peaceful little town.

And its beaches are second to none.

In front of this dramatic scene, I wanted to capture movement against the beautiful cloudscape in the background. I set the aperture at f/8 to get the shutter time up to 1/6s, which is very often a sweet spot to get movement in the waves without that foamy quality of very long exposures. The polarizer was used to remove some distracting reflections from the foreground. Given the high dynamic range of the scene, a second exposure of the sky was taken and blended in post processing with the foreground to recreate something that the naked eye could perceive easily.
The back lit spray right on the up left third was a kind present given by the goddess Luck.

This image is best appreciated at high resolution. Click on the image for an even better view.

SONY SLT-A99V, f/8 @ 35 mm, 1/6s, ISO 50