Place of Refuge

Here is the first shot from my latest trip to Hawaii with Jon Cornforth.  We’re out here for 10 days on the Big Island doing a landscape shoot in some of the most dramatic and beautiful regions the US has to offer.  Yesterday we scouted and shot on the coastline near Place of Refuge National Park near Kona.  Jon has been out here many times but had never been to this area before.   We spent the afternoon hiking over very rough lava to get to this spot which had waves exploding against it and shooting up through blowholes in the lava.

After a brief break for coconut pie and some snorkeling, we hiked the 1.5 miles back to this spot to set up for dusk.  We had to be very careful where we were setting up because the waves were huge and were crashing against the rocks were were sitting on.  At times, we had to grab the cameras and run back a few feet when a bigger-than-usual wave hit soaking the very rocks we were using.  After a few practice shots, a couple of perfect waves came in and I got this image of the water cascading back off the rocks.

The other problem with shooting at an area like this at dusk?  The walk out from this spot was in the dark over very rugged lava.  That was interesting to say the least!

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 22mm  ISO 100, f/22, .3 sec.

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