Sometimes, unexpected conditions help me create a unique photograph. While wandering around a local park near Hilo (on the Big Island of Hawaii), we were stunned to see light beams streaming through the branches of this giant tree. The brilliant sunlight was being traced by the mist blowing from the pounding waves a hundred yards away. It was a bright, blue-sky day, but this small section of the park seemed to have its own micro-climate.
I used a small shelter as a point of interest. I often use a man-made structure like this to draw attention in a composition. I used our iHDR manual blending workflow to capture the details in both the highlights and the shadows.