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Dawning of a New Day



Another mystical, magical early morning in Maui sends a message of hope...

Another mystical, magical early morning in Maui sends a message of hope...
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35 Comments | Report
Daisy00 PRO+
 
Daisy00 September 29, 2015
You have captured this mystical Maui morning perfectly,nina!!! Breathtaking!!
JoyceDickens
 
JoyceDickens September 30, 2015
I so love this shot Nina; what gorgeous warm color and perfect light for this shot.....perfect! jd
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman October 01, 2015
A beautiful way to start the day.......
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold October 01, 2015
Morning has broken...beautiful!!!
NanaSue54
 
NanaSue54 October 01, 2015
Wow!! What a beautiful, peaceful scene!! :)
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq October 01, 2015
Lovely!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 October 02, 2015
This is beautiful! Love the little pop of color of the hat!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 03, 2015
absolutely perfect!! :)
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz October 05, 2015
Stunning!
modelmeemaw Platinum
 
modelmeemaw October 06, 2015
Love the calm! Beautiful
Martha
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer October 13, 2015
Nina, this just glows! Absolutely stunning.
AHogue
 
AHogue October 25, 2015
Absolutely perfection! You got so many glorious shots!
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz October 30, 2015
Wow. I feel like I could walk into this shot. Awesome shot.
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman November 05, 2015
Aloha love!
michellehansenburgess Platinum
 
michellehansenburgess November 18, 2015
WOW! Extraordinary Capture! It makes me wish I were there experiencing this for myself! Absolutely Gorgeous!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal December 01, 2015
really awesome voted image of the year!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 December 15, 2015
Beautiful morning scene, voted Image of the Year
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo December 22, 2015
Lovely, peaceful scene and, like Ronda, love the pop of turquoise.
michellehansenburgess Platinum
 
michellehansenburgess January 01, 2016
Congratulations on Winning "Walk Along the Beach" Challenge, it was a hard decision, but I kept coming back to this one. I think it's outstanding!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith January 02, 2016
Speechless! This is absolutely breathtaking and a very deserved win for the Challenge! Much congratulations!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold January 02, 2016
Conrats on the win Nina!!! so well deserved - the golden light is amazing and the photo expresses so much the joy of life!!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 January 10, 2016
Congratulations on Your Win, Challenges
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal January 24, 2016
Wow I love the ambience! Voted monthly pro Vol 18!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 January 29, 2016
Voted Monthly Pro Vol18
Parallel
 
Parallel February 05, 2016
Beautiful shot! No words, Nina!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt February 21, 2016
A glorious composition Nina-well worth your early rising to obtain this capture! So beautiful.
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 21, 2016
perfect ambience. voted Travel Destination!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis April 01, 2016
Awesome entry..voted travel destinations:-)
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 07, 2016
Voted Island Hopping
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Beautiful Weather!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 14, 2016
Voted People in places
jettahlily008 Platinum
 
jettahlily008 October 20, 2019
Beautiful capture & composition!!! :)
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre February 13, 2021
Hi Nina~ You're People's Choice Winner in my ON THE BEACH Challenge! Amazing picture!
nina050
nina050 February 13, 2021
Thanks so much!
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi February 14, 2021
Congratulations of your on the beach challenge win. Excellent shot.
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal February 15, 2021
Hi Nina, Congratulations on another win with this magnificent feel good image!
nina050
nina050 February 15, 2021
Thank you!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the beach in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Time
I purposely got up early one morning in the hopes of catching a beautiful sunrise with some clouds. I got more than I bargained for when this lady in her beautiful turquoise hat appeared briefly on the beach and raised her arms to greet the morning sun...
Lighting
Maui offers endless opportunities for great photography, but because the sun can be so intense during mid-day, early morning or late afternoon is always the best time of day to shoot, especially on or near the water.
Equipment
This shot was taken using my new Nikon D750 full frame camera with a Nikkor 24-120mm lens and polarizing filter on a tripod.
Inspiration
I love landscape and ocean photography, so I purposely got up early one morning in order to take some photos before the beach became crowded with tourists. The beautiful clouds, beach drift and gentle surf drew me to this particular spot. I had my camera already mounted on my tripod and was taking pictures when this lady in her pretty blue hat suddenly wandered into view. As she stopped and raised her arms the perfect photo opportunity presented itself! It lasted only a moment and after just a few seconds she continued her journey on down the beach. I was so pleased that I was actually ready to capture this moment!
Editing
Often landscape photography requires a fair amount of post processing. However, on this particular day I was able to take advantage of the warm glow that early morning usually presents. Lightroom was used for minimal enhancement of contrast and clarity.
In my camera bag
My camera is a Nikon D750 full frame with a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. My newest lens acquisition that I find extremely versatile is a Nikkor 28-300mm f/3-5-5.6 zoom. In addition I also carry a Nikkor macro 60mm f/2.8 lens and a Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera, with a spare 32gb card in my camera bag as a backup, as I always shoot in both Raw and jpg Fine. Additionally, I always carry a fully charged spare battery and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin ND filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, and cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Landscape and ocean photographers often have the advantage of returning to a particular location at different times of the day or night in order to capture the same scene under different lighting or weather conditions. Early morning and late afternoon, however, are almost invariably the best times to shoot any landscape or beach scene because the light is naturally softer, warmer and more pleasing. This in turn usually results in a lot less post-processing than would otherwise be necessary if the same scene was photographed in the harsh mid-day sun. And in the case of this particular photograph, there is often also a good deal of luck involved as well!

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