Wave Pattern No. 1, Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. Shot with a Nikon D3x and a 24mm Nikkor PC lens. Image exposed at ISO 100 at f11 for 3-1/2 seconds.
Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. This image is from a series of wave motion explorations I shot on my last trip to Hawaii. On an early evening stroll along the beach front in Waikiki I found myself on a quiet stretch of sand as the sun began its descent towards the western horizon. Approximately 100 yards out from the beach was a stone breakwater that broke the incoming surf and created a quiet lagoon. Some of the wave water rolled over the stonework and became a series of subtle, and continuous, rolling ripples that eventually reached the beach. Sun light illuminated the ripples of water as they passed over the sand. Behind me the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu continued. The din of noise, cars, shoppers was somewhat distracting. But as the waves rolled in and out I became enveloped in their motion and I completely lost track of time. It was hypnotic and I did not move from the spot for what seemed to be long time. I shot nearly 60 images all from the same camera set up and with the one lens focused only on the ripples of light.
For many of us photography is a consuming passion. I know it is for me. But this can sometimes get in the way of just being in the moment. We scout the shot, calculate the sun angles and setting times, pick the lens, and plan for contingencies if things go wrong. Already we have done a lot of work and have yet to spring the shutter. To break this habit sometimes I will go out, with camera in hand, without a purpose. No real intentions to shoot, only to explore and see what is there. I find this “walking camera in hand meditation” relaxing. I would never have stopped to watch wave patterns if I had been in my “intentional” shooting mode. Here I was not hunting for anything in particular. I was just out on a nice evening in a beautiful place. 60 images later I woke up and the light had faded. I rejoined the throngs of people on the street more awake than when I had arrived.
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Hozógo nasádo (Navajo): Walk in Beauty