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Hookipa Sunset – Trying out Long Exposures

I’ve seen many spectacular sunsets at Hookipa, but today was the first time I tried out some really long exposures at the manual settings.  I tried to focus on the lighting and long exposures, using manual focus and manual exposure settings which I needed to keep adjusting to cope with the rapid changes in light conditions. I tried to capture the movement of the water, but most photos came out just looking blurred, some worked though.

I used a tripod for a change, which was essential.  The first photo was the last photo taken in this series, it was taken at 15 seconds and showed up the lights of Kahului. That was the longest exposure I tried today

These photos were all taken in less than one hour, all from the same position.

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Sunset at Hookipa

Yesterdays sunset at Hookipa, on Maui’s North shore was absolutely spectacular, BUT .. I didn’t have my camera. The West Maui Mountains were completely clear of cloud, visibility was great, and the sun went down right in the Iao Valley, which only happens for a few days in winter and then again just for a few days in summer.

I went back this afternoon for the sunset, but it wasn’t great. There was a lot of cloud over the West Maui’s which were cloudless last night. The sun did peep out through tiny gaps in the cloud, but only very briefly. This evenings lighting was pretty good though, and the waves were still big, so I experimented with taking photos using manual exposures so that I could take the speed right down and try and capture the movement of the waves and water as it cascaded over the rocks. Not easy with just a monopod. Must take a tripod next time.  Anything slower than 1/3 second didn’t come out so well.. Anyway, here’s what I got today, better luck tomorrow, but then again maybe not, as storms have been forecast for tomorrow.

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It was a busy day at Hookipa on Wednesday.

Lots of photographers and spectators watched from the grassy cliffs and were wonderfully entertained by the bravest windsurfers riding really big waves.


The above sequence goes from right to left

See Windsurfers at Jaws last March  and More Wave photos <—click links

Windsurfing Hookipa  – 2nd February 2011

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