During my trip to NYC, I had to get accustomed to using the subways as my means of transportation. On this particular day, I decided to take the subway to Coney Island, a place where fun and excitement meets the beauty of the beach. It was fairly chilly that day so I wore a winter coat that I picked up in China Town for $17, a pair of gloves that I got for $10, and a scarf that I picked up in Times Square for $5. Being warm on the beach - priceless. I never had to bundle up so much to go to the beach but in this case it was necessary if I was going to get those shots I came for. It was about a 30-minute walk along Brighton Beach to get where I wanted to go. But I didn't mind, I particularly enjoy long walks. Especially if it's just me, the cool breeze of the wind, the smell of salt in the air, and the sound of crashing of the waves. After a little while I finally arrived to the area I was looking for, a runned down pier that has somehow stood the test of time and natural elements. I set my gear down, sat down on the sand and just watched the tide flow in and out. It was beautiful; there was nothing else that mattered but that moment, just pure admiration for this pier surrounded by nature's beauty and power. It was great to meditate, reflect and to gain perspective with such an amazing view. Every moment I sat there, I felt like I was being pulled in more and more. After my moment of tranquility, I got my camera ready and tried to get a shot down the pier, but the angle wasn't right. I needed a higher vantage point. Extending the tripod did not provide the height needed and was not sturdy enough, I needed something with no movement. So I put the tripod legs on the two inch wooden planks of the pier, not much of a platform, but it would have to work. I used a ND (Neutral Density) filter, basically sunglasses for your camera, to slow down the water in the daytime. I dialed in the correct settings and shot several exposures and captured this moment beautifully.
I had come towards the end of my weeklong trip in Maui and decided to take one last stroll out and see what I could find. After about 45 minutes of driving I came up to the Black Sand Beaches. I had read about them and definitely wanted to visit this destination since it was a very unique place to see. I got out and just decided to walk around and not really set out to take a photograph but to explore the beach and just enjoy the last few hours of my time in Maui. It truly is a beautiful and unique place to see and experience. So after some time of course my eye started catching things that I knew would look great in a photograph, I mean its Maui of all places. I decided to focus on a formation of rocks that I had seen and of course in typical Maui fashion it started to rain. I decided to wait it out for a little bit but I knew I would have to be heading to the airport shortly, so finally the rain had stopped for a short time and decided to take advantage of the short window of time I had to capture the shot I wanted. I let the long exposures roll and let the camera work its magic to give you the image you see before you. It just goes to show that even when you think you are done working, you’ve only just started.
Another amazing photograph from Maui, and it lies in the heart of the Bamboo Forest along the Pipiwai Trail. After hiking through a rocky trail in the forest and along the cliffs the bamboo starts to become thick and very tall. The bamboo towers over and gives you a sense of seclusion and I definitely felt one with the nature around me. The air becomes cool although the sun is right there over me. Light shimmers it’s way through the tall bamboo and gives the trail and surroundings a unique glow. The sound is quiet, peaceful, the breeze even has it’s own distinct sound as it travels through the stalks of bamboo. The sounds of the wildlife in the forest have become the soundtrack to this majestic scene. After taking it all in I took a few minutes to capture and preserve this moment.