Na Pali Coast Sea Cliffs  
     

Na Pali Coast Sea Cliffs

The sea cliffs on the Na Pali Coast (Kauai, HI) hold great photography potential. Getting in a position to actually see them can be the biggest challenge. Helicopters and boats work. And so does the lookout and trail at the end of the road in Kokee State Park. From this location, a telephoto lens can pull in the intriguing features of these cliffs.
 
Complicating photography here are the seemingly ever-present clouds. Nearby Mt Waialeale receives and average of 460" or more of rain annually. Rain means clouds. Clouds mean dim, flat light.
 
I was fortunate to have broken light reaching the sea cliffs on this day. This light gives the cliffs a three-dimensional look.
 
The 70-300 L Lens has become my most-used telephoto zoom landscape lens. It saw a lot of use on this trip.
 
This 1/30 second 300mm shot was captured handheld/sitting. My keeper rate for this scene was quite low due to the extreme winds being encountered on this hike.
 
A B+W circular polarizer was used in this capture.

Camera and Lens Settings
300mm  f/11.0  1/30s  ISO 125  5760 x 3840px
Gear Used

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