For the last few months, I’ve been gathering a new portfolio of skies on Maui for a photo essay in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Wailea Magazine, due out in October. The assignment was to shoot a variety of skies around Wailea during different times of the day.
It was actually more challenging than you might think. The ocean-facing shots were pretty easy, for the most part. I just had to be on a beach on a day when nature and the skies were cooperating. The ones facing inland toward Haleakala were more challenging, as I found there weren’t many vantage points within the confines of the Wailea area where I could get a clear view of the mountain free of power lines and other distractions. As long as I’ve lived here, I’ve never thought to try this.
As difficult as it was, I enjoy challenges like this. It forces me to push the envelope and work a little harder to find good compositions. In the end, I think this assignment made me a better photographer.