Kapoho Tidepools

Patience and persistence does pay off!

I’ve been in Hawaii for a week and had yet to see an interesting sunrise – until this morning.  Jon and I got up at about 5:30 to drive down to the tidepools in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii.  It had rained quite a bit overnight and the sky appeared to be a wall of gray as we drove to the oceanfront.  Just when it looked like we’d get skunked again – we saw an orange band breaking through the clouds on the horizon.  We sped up to make sure we got in position when the sunrise occurred.

Getting into position was another story – we had to clamber over the rocks you see in this picture – plus many more.  Though the lava looks rough, it’s actually extremely slippery.  I had to plant each step carefully since I didn’t want to go for a swim with my camera gear – or suffer all the abrasions from the lava.

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 25mm  ISO 100, f/22, .6 sec.  Other gear used: Manfrotto tripod + ballhead, B+W circular polarizer, Hitech GND filters, a remote shutter release, and Jon’s spare bubble level (mine never left Ka’aha).

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