No.. Voggy wasn’t a typo. I frankly had never heard of “vog” until I got to Hawaii either. What’s “vog” you say? Well, it’s really an Al Gore-style inconvenient truth, Mother Nature-style. The word is a mashup of “volcanic fog”.. or VOG! All the volcanoes in Hawaii constantly belch greenhouse gases, sulfur dioxide, and a bunch of other stuff into the air that gets trapped low to the ground and makes it really hazy. For the past couple of days, we’ve been skunked at sunset by the vog making it too hazy to get a really clear, dramatic shot. Since we couldn’t shoot in the vog, we went to the Kua Bay at sunset to hang out.
When we got there, the haze in the air made the coolest coppery sunset above the black lava rocks on the shoreline. Even though I didn’t have all of my gear with me – I did have my camera. I picked my way across the uneven lava risking waves to line up the shot. Since the conditions weren’t great – I truthfully didn’t know whether I had anything useful until I got home to edit it. After a little tweaking – I ended up with a pretty cool shot that I think really conveys what we were seeing at dusk tonight.
Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 24-105mm f/4L @ 55mm ISO 400, f/4, 1/60 sec.