• Eric Brown

First Day in Paradise

Our first day in Maui started out in a relaxing way. I decided to take my time waking up, drinking coffee on our balcony, while reading my Bible. Afterwards, as the sun began to rise over Mount Haleakala, I was already in the mood to bust out my camera, and shoot some pictures. There were a couple of birds in a nearby tree that piqued my interest.

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Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec | Aperture: f/2.8 | ISO: 100

The sun, as it peaked over Mount Haleakala, bathed the valley in a dreamy golden glow. It was almost magical, watching the scene unfold before my eyes.

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I spent about an hour that morning looking for beauty right from my balcony. I am always trying to find different compositions than I normally would. I wanted this trip to be a growing photographic experience for me.

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I love how the sun backlights the palm fronds in this image. For me, it is so cool to be in a place where palm trees grow. I grew up in Michigan; the first time I saw a palm tree was in 1989, when my family visited my aunt down in Fort Meyers, FL.

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Later that morning, we drove over to Paia, a small town on Maui's north shore. Just east of Paia, is Ho'okipa Beach. This was where I actually fell in love with Maui, and knew that I would never want to leave. Walking out on the rocks, watching the waves crash against them, the sound of the surf, the breeze, the feeling of salt water spraying in my face...I was in love. This is my happy place.

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As much as I wanted to, we couldn't linger in that beautiful place. We had to go back to our condo and get ready to go shopping for our friend's surprise wedding vow renewal ceremony. Each of us couples were going to be wearing matching Hawaiian shirts/dresses. We headed out west to Lahaina to hit the numerous local shops. It was a lot of fun walking around the town, and checking out the many different stores. We had lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise. I had a Hawaiian burger with pineapple and cole slaw. It was so delicious!

One of things that I really wanted was to be able to go out and shoot sunset each evening. I knew sunrises wouldn't be too much of a problem, as our friends wouldn't be getting up that early. I knew sunsets could be a problem. Fortunately we made it back to Kihei in time for Jeannette and I to head out.

Kihei Boat Ramp was the first location I went to shoot sunset. Honestly, I was overwhelmed by all the possible beach locations we could go. All of the beaches in Maui are public. With Kihei situated on the central western coast of Maui, the possibilities were endless.

To say that watching the sunset, on a beach in Maui, was amazing, is a gross understatement. I don't know that there is any thing else like it! Everyone needs to experience it at least once in their life. I almost hated to take pictures because I just wanted to sit and soak it up. Jeannette was doing just that while I was taking pictures. I should have taken a picture of her sitting in her beach chair, flip flops off, just enjoying the show.

Shutter Speed: 1/3 sec | Aperture: f/11 | ISO: 50 | 3 different exposures blended using luminosity masks

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