I journeyed back to a place we playfully call "da bus stop" in Kaneohe. I was here at this spot 2 weeks ago & saw something that I wanted to capture but I didn't have the reach on my lens. I rented a Fuji XF 50-140mm, on a crop sensor my XT2 it became an equivalent to a 70-200mm zoom, from Pro Camera Hawaii.
I'm not exactly sure what it's called, it's a free standing wooden or metal platform that the fishermen would use to fish for mullet, I think? I saw this in my shots the last time I was here & had this vision that I couldn't get out of my head, so I returned hoping to capture this shot.
The tide was on a downward swing but still not low enough for me to get closer to the fishing platform. I'd say it was a good 50-60 yards out & even with the 50-140mm lens I had to cover half that distance & walk out into the water to isolate it in a single frame, which actually worked out fine. I was up to my waist in water, the bottom of my Mindshift Rotation 180 Panorama 22L backpack was wet, but my gear inside was dry. so was the bottom of my rain jacket, t-shirt & shorts was soaked. I also had to struggle with the constant 15-20 mph winds blowing directly in my face.
Sunrise as 6:50am & there were rain clouds in the sky but no rain, the sky was a miserable flat grey all the way up until almost 7am I was a little disappointed that the colors didn't show, but within a few minutes I noticed the golden oranges & yellows starting to reflect against the sky as the clouds opened up. Everything was slowly falling into place, I knew that I wanted to have the flowing clouds in the sky & the waves were choppy so I needed to flattening out the water. I took out my Lee Filter Big Stopper, set my camera to bulb mode & knocked off a 60 sec exposure. I looked at the back of the cameras LCD screen & smiled, I got the shot I wanted! I was cold & wet, & as the golden glow faded I turned around & made my trek back to my car.
Usually with the sunrise the light is constantly changing so it's very hard to meter for the exposure. I have a very small window to capture my shots, so I normally start out with a 3 minute exposure, my best guess, depending how dark or light the ambient is. If it too dark I adjust to a 2 or 1 minute exposure. I've also learned to take a slightly over exposed image, so long as I don't clip any of the highlights. If your camera has a histogram you'll need to check the highlights & make sure it's not too far over to the right. I'd rather over expose than under expose an image especially with my Fuji XT2. My Sony A7S II has so much more dynamic range I don't worry too much about under exposing my shots & bringing it back up in Lightroom. It can get a little confusing shooting with 2 camera systems, but I manage. I've said this before & I'll say it again, that my Fuji XT2 just makes me want to shoot, can't explain why but it just does!
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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