lessons learned

December 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

aloha! thanksgiving has come and gone and with it another defeat to mississippi state (shame on you ole miss!), an amazing iron bowl win for auburn over alabama (war eagle!), and the maui classic saw a new acc champion-- syracuse (syracuse is in the acc? what?).

this morning i went over last month's sales and compiled a list of the gallery's top three sellers for november. and here they are:

Kilauea LighthouseIn the Light of LightningThis shot was particularly challenging as it was taken at 8.45 pm with no artificial lighting-- except for the beacon, which shines behind the kilauea lighthouse. All of the other light in this photo comes from three lightning flashes over one 25 second exposure...
I went out the intention of photographing the lighthouse and lightning bolts, but the lightning strikes were of the cloud-to-cloud variety so i took another approach. I decided to gather light from multiple lightning flashes and use that to light the lighthouse and kilauea point against the ocean and sky. It was incredibly difficult finding enough light to enable the auto focus so that the lighthouse was sharp and clear. It was just too dark for me to manually focus on the lighthouse with any clarity. I tried and tried, but nothing came out sharp. So I waited and waited for the storm to get closer. I waited for the perfect blast of lightning-- one that would be both close enough and bright enough to provide sufficient light for the auto focus to pick up detail in the lighthouse and "focus" where I wanted. And I got it. Once focused, i then turned off the auto focus and tried several shots at various timed exposures, hoping to get several flashes of lightning in one exposure. well, my plan worked, and after three and a half hours in the rain and storm, i got the shot. The reward was well worth the difficulty.
Kilauea Lighthouse and Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii

Photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III, f/2.8 @135mm, 25s, ISO 800, No Flash.

HAWAIIMagazine.com Award Winner, December 2012.

***Limited Edition Metal Prints-- all sizes-- SOLD OUT. Mahalo!

1. in the light of lightning, kilauea lighthouse. web gallery: 2012 limited edition

dreamworlddreamworldi have never seen lumahai so gentle as on the morning of this sunrise. it was like awaking to a dreamworld.
location: lumahai beach, kauai
series: kauai 'mo bettah

2. dreamworld, lumahai, kauai. web gallery: 2012 limited edition

3. can't count 'em all, kalalau, kauai. web gallery: full time

each of these photographs are special to me, and i am glad that they have been well received. over time, all of my pictures take on a special meaning to me-- beyond the beauty of the location displayed in the image-- and often the images come to teach me little lessons about life and myself. 

in the light of lightning has taught me patience. dreamworld reminds me to be open to the possibility and truths of which i am ignorant. you see, when the morning i took the picture, i was planning on shooting the lumahai river, it's reflections and floating hao (a tropical flower). but when i looked up and saw the sky, i knew i had to change my plans-- and the lens! so be open ideas of others and to things beyond our control. and can't count 'em all has encouraged me to explore the world through night photography, and to be thankful for the moments of work and effort and safe travels. also when i look up at the milky way over kalalau i am reminded of the wisdom of the past (cultures and worlds) and know that it is different from the knowledge of the present (modern society and life). and i think this has inspired me in my recent readings on the arctic and eskimo teachings; zen and dogen. 

mahalo for all of your support!

aloha,

lee

 


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