Na Pali Coast

I’m pretty excited to capture the sky, the sea and the Earth interconnected in one image where all three elements are dynamic. All my wishes for a dynamic composition came together in this aerial photograph of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai, Hawaii. The clouds showed rain falling into the sea. The sea color evolved from a dark blue to a brighter turquoise as it grew shallow near the coast. The little strip of yellow sand defined the sea/land border, and the high cliffs made a dramatic earthy frame for the seascape. If you have an eye for detail, you can even spot a waterfall on the lower left, water that looks like a path, running from land to sea.  This view lasted but a second aboard my Blue Hawaiian helicopter, but I captured it for the long term with my camera set on shutter priority 1/500th second, at f 5.6 and ISO 200.

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This next photograph shows the tiny beach, isolated from the rest of the island by the towering volcanic cliffs. Mid-afternoon sun was behind us. I found my Nikon 24-70mm zoom lens with a circular polarizer perfect for this shoot. CathyKelly_Kauai-1691web

 

As our helicopter circled over the ocean and proceeded north up the coast, I took this photo, showing the Na Pali cliffs in their sculpted splendor, topped with rain clouds, and at their base, edged by the Pacific.

 

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It’s hard to beat this perspective on this amazing coastline. Coming soon: sea caves on the Na Pali coast!

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.