Hilina Pali, Big Island - Hawai

Where the Ocean Meets the Sky

When I’m on location, I’m constantly aware of my surroundings. I’m looking for clean colors, simple compositions, and quiet beauty. As we were driving towards the Hilina Pali overlook in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the big island, I noticed that the color of the sky perfectly matched the color of the sea. Light played on the surface of the water, and in the distance, soft clouds reflected the same subtle light. I grabbed my camera as soon as we came to a stop, and put on my 70-200mm lens with a 1.4x multiplier. I put my camera on my tripod to keep it steady. (We were testing our new Induros on this trip – I’ll be writing a review very soon!) I needed to work very quickly because the light was changing fast, and I didn’t want to lose the cloud that fit so nicely into the composition I wanted.

The image was extremely simple to capture. The range of light isn’t very broad, so I needed only a single exposure. However, the meter reading for a shot like this will be incorrect because the entire scene is bright. I increased the exposure by about 1.3 stops in order to capture all the color and detail I wanted. In post, I adjusted my color balance slightly so that the image felt very clean – just as the scene felt as I was shooting. No weird color casts allowed! :) Then, I cropped for a pano presentation.

What do you think? Does this shot fit into my minimalist collection?

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