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Taken 3-Nov-12

20 of 43 photos
Categories & Keywords

Category:Lifestyle and Recreation
Subcategory Detail:Beach
Keywords:2014 National Geographic Photo Contest Editor's Favorite, Kauai Photography, beach, hawaii, kauai, kauai 'mo bettah, kilauea, patterns in the sand, protector, secrets, secrets beach, secrets sunrise, sunrise, warrior
Photo Info

Dimensions5760 x 3840
Original file size15.6 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken4-Nov-12 06:35
Date modified28-Mar-15 20:51
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length17 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure3.2s at f/22
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Secrets Beach, Kauai

Cotton Candy Waves (Things Unseen)

Pre-dawn pastels and cotton candy waves at my most favorite beach in the world: Secrets.
I was drawn to the lines and patterns in the sand. I think I took four shots all in this little area, and when i got in the car and reviewed the session, i noticed this figure in the sand. I see him as a warrior or protector because on this morning about 7 surfers hiked down to the beach, carrying their boards with them, but no one got in. The swell was just too heavy and too confused. The old Hawaiians would say that on days like this one, only the gods would surf because only the gods had enough mana to match power of the wild waves.
Secrets Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

2014 National Geographic Photo Contest Editor's Favorite (Nature Category)
8th Annual International Color Awards Nominee (Professional Nature Category)
2013 Nature Photo Contest Finalist (Landscape Category)