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Lanakai Morning



Sunrise on Lanakai Beach

Sunrise on Lanakai Beach
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AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta April 02, 2014
A beautiful sunrise. Congratulations.
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
SymsImages
 
SymsImages April 02, 2014
Stunning scene
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
TammyN
 
TammyN April 02, 2014
So warm and inviting looking......... ahhhhh :)
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Totally agree! Thanks!
VictoriaKF
 
VictoriaKF April 02, 2014
Would love to be on that beach right now. Great shot and congrats!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Ha ha... Me too! Thanks!
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rmr731 April 02, 2014
Beautiful capture! Congrats on being featured!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
OksanaZa
 
OksanaZa April 02, 2014
Nice pic!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
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WileKyK April 02, 2014
Awesome use of light, detail and composition! Congratulations on your Feature!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you very much!
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn April 02, 2014
Beautiful capture... love all your amazing animal/wildlife pics as well... you are a man after my own heart. :)
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Ha ha! Love yours, as well! Thank you for looking!
ybuhac
 
ybuhac April 02, 2014
Great shot, congratulations on your feature
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thanks!
Chrissimpson01
 
Chrissimpson01 April 02, 2014
Wonderful sky
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you very much!
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan April 02, 2014
Spectacular coastal landscape view, wonderful speedy clouds effect and great light and colours mix. Congrats on the feature.
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winfirst April 02, 2014
It was a great morning (it's Hawai'i; what morning isn't great?). Thank you!
iceman2
 
iceman2 April 02, 2014
Beautiful shot.Congrats!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
jrhalphen
 
jrhalphen April 02, 2014
LOVELY BURST OF LIGHT! CONGRATULATIONS
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thanks!
renesphotography
 
renesphotography April 02, 2014
just a masterpeace! Great work!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
CharlieBurgioPh
 
CharlieBurgioPh April 02, 2014
wow how did u do that exactly?? :)
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Slow shutter, low ISO, high f-stop, enhanced motion blur in the clouds. Thank you!
mikemalak
 
mikemalak April 02, 2014
Amazing
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
lauraphotography
 
lauraphotography April 02, 2014
wow this is amazing
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you very much!
PDO1962
 
PDO1962 April 02, 2014
Very nice...:-)
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thanks!
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ori April 02, 2014
cool shot!
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winfirst April 02, 2014
Thank you!
BnA15
 
BnA15 April 02, 2014
love this!
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thank you!
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meshersmith April 02, 2014
Stunning shot, congrats on your Feature!
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thank you very much!
lisagallant
 
lisagallant April 02, 2014
Great picture! Very nice.
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thank you!
stamatispappas
 
stamatispappas April 03, 2014
The scene "takes you in". Beautiful!
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thank you very much!
AshThomson PRO+
 
AshThomson April 03, 2014
Stunning!
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thanks!
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estercastillo08 April 03, 2014
Beautiful , congrats !
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thank you!
maureenw19
 
maureenw19 April 03, 2014
beautiful scene
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winfirst April 03, 2014
Thank you!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter April 08, 2014
Great work. Congrats. - Jake
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winfirst April 08, 2014
Thank you!
mloiz
 
mloiz April 10, 2014
Stunning work!
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winfirst April 10, 2014
Thank you very much!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK April 13, 2014
Wow. Congratualtions
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winfirst April 13, 2014
Thank you!
ginatran
 
ginatran April 16, 2014
love the color tone, great capture, Congrats!!!
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winfirst April 16, 2014
Thank you! Love your portrait work, also.
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jlynch12940 April 18, 2014
Gorgeous!!
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winfirst April 18, 2014
Thank you!
slagtersven Premium
 
slagtersven April 21, 2014
Beautiful light
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winfirst April 21, 2014
Thank you, sir
lito
 
lito April 29, 2014
Beautiful shot!
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winfirst April 29, 2014
Thank you!
taylordine
 
taylordine May 03, 2014
How did you get a photo of moving clouds in the daylight? I cant seemed to get it! absolutely brilliant photo!
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winfirst May 03, 2014
Thank you! It was rather early and the clouds were moving a bit fast. Closed down the aperture and experimented with shutter speed and the lowest ISO, brought out the contrast in ACR.
Eman_Ross
 
Eman_Ross May 10, 2014
congrats... great exposure
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winfirst May 10, 2014
Thank you!
adamik62
 
adamik62 May 27, 2014
Super shot and extra effects, congratulations :)
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winfirst May 28, 2014
Thank you!
apluhaq
 
apluhaq January 18, 2015
sUPERB sHOT !
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winfirst January 18, 2015
Thank you very much!
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bettyseeney March 08, 2015
awesome...
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winfirst March 08, 2015
Thank you very much!
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SuperT22 March 31, 2015
well done
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winfirst April 01, 2015
Thank you!
markrichard
 
markrichard April 28, 2015
Stunning!
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winfirst April 28, 2015
Thank you very much!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita May 11, 2015
congrats on being a Contest Finalist...Beautiful capture
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winfirst May 11, 2015
Thank you!
koslebo
 
koslebo June 29, 2015
So beautiful!
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winfirst June 29, 2015
Thank you!
Hood PRO+
 
Hood July 05, 2015
Beautiful!..........
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winfirst July 05, 2015
Thank you very much!
juliantej
 
juliantej August 15, 2015
Love the smooth sand and clouds
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winfirst August 26, 2015
Thank you!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu. Specifically, Lanakai Beach on the windward side of the island.
Time
This was taken at 7:05 a.m.
Lighting
I had been switching between a graduated ND filter and just the lens with no filter while taking sunrise photos. The problem was that the clouds were not cooperating with the sun, and the trade winds started blowing harder. I actually wanted to get a sunrise between the two off shore mountains (Na Mokolua) but THAT didn't work, either. So I framed the shot just to the right of the sun so it wouldn't blow out the shot.
Equipment
I was using a Nikon D90 with an 18-105mm lens, exposure 1/10 at f/22 with a remote shutter trip, ISO 100 and an Oben tripod (weighted because of the wind).
Inspiration
I really wanted to get that "sunrise between the mountains" shot, but since that wasn't going to happen, I wanted to capture the beautiful hues in the sky over the ocean. I had already taken some shots facing the other direction of the mountain range in the background beyond Kailua Beach (I'm from Florida, so mountains and oceans are nonexistent!) and facing the wind I wondered what this shot would look like.
Editing
The post processing was mostly clean up with one exception; "clean up" because there were three beach walkers on the shoreline right in front of the mountains, and part of a boat on the sand near the dune line. The biggest clean up was because it was so windy and I had been zooming in and out for two hours that sensor spots (three big ones) were in the sky. I also brought the exposure down slightly and increased the shadows. Lastly, I took the highlights down in ACR, and increased the contrast and clarity slightly.
In my camera bag
I have a 24-85mm and 70-300mm lens, a rocket blower, remote, and the Sun Surveyor app on my phone to indicate where the sun (or moon) will be at any given time of the day anywhere in the world (a real time saver that takes the guesswork out of predictions!), a graduated ND6 filter, and a graduated polaroid filter.
Feedback
On my 5 day trip to O'ahu, I took over 700 photos -- all for fun. Yes, I wanted sunrise and sunset photos, beaches with azure water and great vistas, but the two that were the absolute best -- this one and another one of a breaking wave at Sandy Beach -- were technically accidents, meaning I didn't plan the shots. I knew I wanted a long exposure on this one because of the wind and how fast the clouds were starting to move, but it was getting too light on the beach for a truly long exposure and I also didn't want the water to be too fuzzy or everything to be too dark with an ND filter. I also got up very early every day to be on the beach I wanted to be on long before the sky started to lighten at all. Sunrises are always one of the best ways to start your day!

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