Kauai in Black and White

You probably think of Hawaii in technicolor. At the very least, you think of it in green and blue (for the rain forest and ocean), or black and red (for the lava) — but there is another way to look at the light in Hawaii. At the fringes of the day, you can look at world differently — in black and white. Just look at the tones and their contrast. Look at the dark clouds and the spot where the sun peeks through. Look at the black, rough textured lava. Look at the white foam in the pounding wave. Look at the smooth sandy shore and how the texture contrasts the lava. On cliff in the background can you see the subtle tones of the palms. Imagine what it is like to live in that home atop the cliff. The tiny human figures on the beach give you an idea of the size of the natural elements. Perhaps you can imagine yourself there, too, running in from the surf. Did you notice that the line of the treetops echoes the cliffside, and the lava shape too?  Maybe you didn’t actually think about it, but you felt it. Look at the way the composition comes together as patterns of tones, and you will realize that is one more reason you like this balanced, peaceful scene on Secret Beach on the north shore of Kauai’i.

Secret Beach at dusk in black and white, Kauai.
Secret Beach at dusk in black and white, Kauai.

Author: cathykellyphotography

Independent photographer based in Pittsburgh PA and Naples FL. Nature, landscape and portrait photography. Portfolio includes international work in USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Email cathykellyphotography@gmail.com to review work in your area of interest. Nature portfolio includes flowers and wildlife. Prints and digital files for sale. See website: www.cathykellyphotography.com.