Daybreak Drama-Stormy Sunrise along the Maui Coast

    Stormy clouds and a rain squall over the ocean are illuminated by early morning light beyond the rocky Dragon's Teeth formation on the northwest coast of Maui, Hawaii.
    Stormy clouds and a rain squall over the ocean are illuminated by early morning light beyond the rocky Dragon’s Teeth formation on the northwest coast of Maui, Hawaii.

    It is about time that I post something new! I snuck in a trip to Maui before the holidays and have found some time to start processing images. The first sunrise location that I visited was the dramatic Dragon’s Teeth volcanic rock formation on the northwest tip of the island. This image portrays just some of the drama from the scene that morning. (more…)

    Fleeting Finale-Sunset at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai

    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.

    One very popular area of Kauai is in the southeast corner of the island around Poipu Beach. The majority of the resorts are strung along the shoreline and there is a steady flow of tourists coming and going throughout the day. A major attraction close by is Poipu Beach Park, a nicely developed area with a long beautiful beach on one side and Brennecke’s Beach on the other, popular with boogie boarders. Straddled between the two is an area lined with volcanic rock. (more…)

    Frenzied Dawning-Sunrise in Kauai

    The orange ball of the sun radiates shafts of light skyward through the clouds as it rises over the horizon off a rocky shoreline pounded by waves on the east coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    The orange ball of the sun radiates shafts of light skyward through the clouds as it rises over the horizon off a rocky shoreline pounded by waves on the east coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    The sunrise this morning was simply breathtaking. The sun slowly slid above the horizon shining soft orange light across the sky as it climbed behind a bank of clouds. The waves crashed on the shoreline and created small waterfalls as it slid back out to sea. Truly an idyllic scene. It looks so peaceful now, but the morning was far from it… (more…)

    Morning Rush-Sunrise at Moloaa Bay in Kauai

    Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    I timed my trip to Kauai right when the ocean swells were at their peak. Not that I did that intentionally. It did make me change my shooting plans, especially along the north coast where the waves could be fierce at times. (more…)

    Shoreline Serenity-Sunrise on Waipouli Beach in Kauai

    The sun rises behind a bank of clouds, filling the sky with golden light and reflecting in a pool along a rocky shoreline on Waipouli Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The sun rises behind a bank of clouds, filling the sky with golden light and reflecting in a pool along a rocky shoreline on Waipouli Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

    I had scoped out many locations to shoot sunrise along the east coast of Kauai. Some required a drive of up to 45 minutes and a hike to reach. It wasn’t until almost the last day of my trip there in December that I thought about checking out the beach right where I was staying. (more…)

    Gentle Dawning-Sunrise at Lydgate Beach in Kauai

    The sun peeks over the horizon shining delicate light on a weathered log resting on a beach in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.
    The sun peeks over the horizon shining delicate light on a weathered log resting on a beach in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.

    My flight into Kauai landed shortly after sunset, leaving me no chance to scope out a location for sunrise the next morning. There were a couple of beaches that I had seen shots from close to my hotel, so I figured that was going to be my best option. All you need is a beach facing the east right? (more…)

    Seaside Tranquility-Sunset on Poipu Beach in Kauai

    A lone palm tree is silhouetted against an orange sunset sky at the Poipu Beach Park in southern Kauai, Hawaii.
    A lone palm tree is silhouetted against an orange sunset sky at the Poipu Beach Park in southern Kauai, Hawaii.

    I had enough time to sneak away to the island of Kauai earlier this month. It was my first trip to the Hawaiian Islands and the timing couldn’t have been better. It was 57 degrees the afternoon I drove down to Denver and when my flight left the next morning it was 7 degrees. Quite a change. Needless to say, the weather was quite nicer in Kauai by the time I landed! (more…)

    Seaside Serenity-Peaceful Morning in Anguilla

    Early morning clouds reflect in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea off the island of Anguilla, BWI.
    Early morning clouds reflect in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea off the island of Anguilla, BWI.

    My sunrise shoot at one of my favorite locations in Anguilla turned out to be a bust this morning due to a large cloud bank off to the east. They tried to break up enough to let the sun shine through but it just wasn’t happening. There was no reason to rush off, so I played around for a while looking for things to shoot. After a while, the sun came out (more…)