I don’t get to shoot sunrises enough, as I live on the south side of Maui, where we get sunsets, as you might have seen in my landscape portfolio. I had a rare sunrise opportunity this morning in Hana, which is on the east side. Google said sunrise was at 6:15 a.m., so I headed out of my hotel room around 5:30 to find a likely spot to set up and watch the show.
I love long exposures, especially when water is involved, and decided to make that a theme for this morning’s Hana sunrise. This first shot was a 30 second exposure at around 5:45. There wasn’t much light except where the sunrise was developing on the horizon, but that was bright enough so that I needed a 3-stop ND grad to bring out the ghostly effects water around the rocks in the foreground. As an added bonus, the clouds were moving quickly enough so an exposure this long captured some dramatic motion blur.
What an amazing sunrise. I’m glad I was there to capture it. It was another reminder that we’re so blessed to be living on Maui.