Lava Cliffs in Kona





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Farhanaj September 12, 2016
sbrowne126 September 27, 2017
Nice shot and use of light. Very rugged.
ilanatf February 15, 2018
danmiami February 15, 2018

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Behind The Lens

This was taken in Kona from my hotel on the water.
Just as the sun went down over the horizon, I noticed the beautiful colors a bit to my left. It was just natural to turn my tripod and capture the color, water, and lava cliffs.
Always remember to look behind you and to the sides right before and after sunset. It gives you a great idea of the colors you may soon see on the horizon where the sun has slipped off to sleep.
This was taken on my Sony a7rii with the FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS. ISO 100, f/9 for 5 seconds.
I was standing on the lava cliffs enjoying the sunset and taking it all in. I looked over a bit to the left from where I was and noticed the wonderful light. I couldn't let the moment pass.
I am usually an HDR shooter and process 3 different exposure. However, on this shot, it was simply a long exposure with a bit of work in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I travel quite a bit for work and must take all of my work equipment with me all the time, therefore, I limit the number of things I take for photography. As for the camera and lenses: I carry the Sony a7rii and just two Sony lenses - FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, and the Vario Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS. If I ever go somewhere that I will need a flash unit, I will rent it as needed. My latest equipment addition is a set of ND filters from Haida. On the computer side, I carry a 15" MacBook Pro along with a 2TB external drive to backup all of my photos - encrypted of course.
Try different exposure times! I settled on 5 seconds for this one because it seemed that it was the best depiction of the white from the water crashing from the waves below the cliffs. You don't need special filters for something like this. Always use a tripod for these longer exposures too. Finally, be patient and take multiple shots of the same scene. You never know what you will want to use when you see the shots on your computer screen!

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