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Lava Light

By PatrickSmith  
I'm back from Maui with some new shots. We have had no rain at all in California (at least near San Francisco) since early March, so 10 days in Maui provided better skies than in the past 6 months here!

This black cobblestone beach near Hana, Maui is right next to what is locally called the Venus Pool. This is a really spectacular place with a pool right behind the beach. Most people photograph the pool, but the cobblestones were too much to resist! I did get a nice one of the pool which I may upload later. The black rocks reflect virtually no light for the camera unless they are wet and shiny. So I found a nice reflective spot and waited for the light on the rock and the cobblestones. Once that happened, I waited for a nicely formed wave to break.

1/5-second exposure @F10 with ND grads 0.9 + 0.75 (ISO 200. I usually use ISO 50 but wanted a shorter exposure)

Now, I think I'll go see what I've been missing.

Tags: General Maui Lava Hana Landscape and travel Broken ankles

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Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
1 Sep 2008 6:44PM
Welcome back stranger.

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BurntOut 11 321 2 England
1 Sep 2008 6:46PM
Great to see you back and posting, Patrick.
simonjr 11 Wales
1 Sep 2008 6:46PM
Fantastic seascape picture. Well done
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 6:49PM
excellent light capture and lovely image
Wonderful Image

NatalieKinnear 10 280 8
1 Sep 2008 6:54PM
Fabulous image.
TJS 9 5 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 6:54PM
I love this shot...
bobalot 11 10 England
1 Sep 2008 6:56PM
wonderful light in the shot.

Rgds Bob
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
1 Sep 2008 6:59PM
Well, Hello, MrS - - what a stunner to call in with! Wink

Sounds like you did an awful lot of waiting - - was the silence then shattered with the sound of shutter releases ? Wink

Fran x
paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 6:59PM

Quote:We have had no rain at all in California since early March


Good to see you back. I rather like those pebbles.
Cheers, Paul
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 7:00PM
Thanks for having a look. It is great to be back! 10 minutes after upload and off the front gallery page already. I guess things are busier now, right?

It is good to be back Boyd, I'll take your earlier advice.

Well Fran, I actually have not shot locally for a few months but still I only took 200 shots during the trip, of which maybe only 10 are decent EPZ worthy shots. But still it was fun.

Yes Paul, no rain for half a year and none expected until perhaps November? But there is often an early rain in September so we will see. Those pebbles nearly killed me!

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
1 Sep 2008 7:00PM
The sky does this for me Patrick ... good to have you back, looking forward to seeing more of your shots Smile

SugarDJ 9 1 England
1 Sep 2008 7:02PM
Super photo, you've caught the light very well.
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
1 Sep 2008 7:04PM
What a fabulous sky, and the water movement and FG detail aren't too bad either! Wink
Steve-T 10 56 66 England
1 Sep 2008 7:07PM
Jouİo 13 56 Finland
1 Sep 2008 7:07PM
look who´s BACK Wink

Welcome, Patrick Smile

Quote:Now, I think I'll go see what I've been missing.

Well?? My jetties??? My boooooooring sunset shots ???? My my my my god, we have missed YOU Wink

ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 7:08PM
Welcome back Patrick, good to see your work again, I hope you are well.

excellent shot.ray
Jouİo 13 56 Finland
1 Sep 2008 7:10PM
I have been saving my this week´s award, but not any more Smile

angej 13 479 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 7:10PM
welcome stranger, good to see you and a good un to start the ball rollingSmile
elkiebrooks 14 83 5 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 7:13PM
Welcome back. nd what an image to to come back with. Beautiful.
MarkT 13 119 2 England
1 Sep 2008 7:17PM
Good to see you back Patrick - great capture.

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 7:17PM
Thanks for such a great welcome back!

LOL Jouko. Yes, I will have to go see all those Jetties including one that I see that Fran gave to you. As if you need more jetties! And what is this about a once per week award? I guess I've been away too long.

Thanks Steve. I am well, but I've been working a lot because my birth defects place may be split up so I'm trying to keep my options open. That is the main reason for ay EPZ absence besides the clear booooring skies.

Glad to be back Ange! I decided to get my head out of the sand and... oops sorry....

suzy052 9 2 Croatia
1 Sep 2008 7:24PM
le fantastique!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
1 Sep 2008 7:28PM
Welcome back Patrick. Been missing your work. Its obvious however that, like a good wine, you improve with age.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
1 Sep 2008 7:33PM
Hi again Patrick - good to see your work again - like the foreground details and light / tones in this - well captured. have an RC on me
Regards Richard.
ashley 13 167 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 7:35PM
nice light & capture

well done

MikeA 13 1.3k England
1 Sep 2008 7:39PM
Welcome back Patrick, super light captured in this one.

MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
1 Sep 2008 7:47PM
Welcome back Patrick, good to see you uploading again. This looks terrific large, just proves what waiting gets you

jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 7:49PM
I think we have had more than your share of rain recently..... you are more than welcome to share the burdon Smile

A great shot to return "home" with..

Good to see you back Patrick.

Jouİo 13 56 Finland
1 Sep 2008 7:49PM
LOL.....Yes, you have been way toooooooooo loooooooooong away from EPZ Wink

I think it´s possible to give these AWARDS only once a week.......

markharrop 13 191 England
1 Sep 2008 7:54PM
Fantastic clarity to the shot.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 7:57PM
Thanks, it's great to be back! And I'm glad you looked in here.

LOL Ron, I hope you are right.

Thanks Richard, that is an ankle-breaking forground too I might add.

Sure Jeanie, send it over! Or at least a few real clouds.....

Nice job Jouko, it looks like you have found all the great shots for me. Now I don't have to hunt through 10,000 pages of shots! Only one per week?

1 Sep 2008 8:02PM
Welcome back Patrick, been missing your work. As always a cracking composition full of detail and mood.
Regards cheesey.
AntHolloway 12 168 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:03PM
Good to see you back on EPZ, looking forward to seeing some of the other shots from Maui.

AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
1 Sep 2008 8:13PM

Quote: We have had no rain at all in California since early March

...No because we have had it all here!

The wetest August on record for one hundred years!

Hello Patrick and very nice to see you posting again.
Just love that sky.


dathersmith 10 558 12 England
1 Sep 2008 8:20PM
A great shot to return with, the wave and light on the pebbles are superb.

Yogendra 14 22 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:24PM
Welcome back Patrick, Great to see your stunning shots again.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
1 Sep 2008 8:29PM
Hey there stranger,thought you had deserted us Wink
So good to see you back Patrick with clarity in your images that leaves me speechless !!...yes it's true Wink
Beautiful drop of light here,sky's good,fg those wet cobbles & the wave breaking just at the right considerate was that ?? Wink
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
1 Sep 2008 8:32PM
What a great place to make photographs, I love the black pebbles-- Great water, too!
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
1 Sep 2008 8:35PM
welcome back
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
1 Sep 2008 8:37PM
Great to see the master back again

Hebe 10 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:40PM
Supurbly captured image.
1 Sep 2008 8:47PM
Lovely to see you uploading again Patrick , and with a stunning composition ... beautiful details of light through the clouds...!!!

Nikki !
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 8:47PM
Thanks for such a nice welcome! It means a lot.

This is definitely wet Alley. Send some my way if you can. It is no record dry spell yet but usually the rains last into April at least.

Thanks Janet! I wasn't sure until now if I should have uploaded this one first because it is not your usual sort of Hawaii shot. But the new side of the island is like this.

Yes Jennnnnn, it is a great place, though the dark lava is nearly impossible to photograph. It mostly turns out so black that you think the sensor must have large patches of bad pixels. I have some really ugly shots to prove it!

Thanks Peter, you should see the money transferred into your account any moment now!

I liked that part too Nikki. Thanks.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
1 Sep 2008 8:54PM

Quote:it is not your usual sort of Hawaii shot

Ah you mean the ones of the girls in the hula hula skirts..I're saving them for a rainy epz day huh ? Wink
Chriscj 11 96 1 England
1 Sep 2008 8:55PM
Nice to see you back Patrick, with not too bad either. Wink

viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:58PM
The large version is stunning. There is so much to enjoy in this image - the rendition of the water, the variety of tones and colours in the sky, the light glancing off the dark rocks and the amazing clarity of the pebbles in the foreground.

jaktis 13 84 Sweden
1 Sep 2008 8:58PM
Thanks for the transfer

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 9:04PM
Thanks for having a look!

No Janet, I have those in a special hermetically sealed hard drive for special occasions!

You should see this place Phil... another planet....

lol Peter, no problem.

Steveman 11 4 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 9:05PM
This is a stunning image.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 9:07PM
Ah, the "master" returns... and about bloody time too. I've been getting withdrawal symptoms without your work to view. Up to your usual HIGH standards Patrick. Love the light
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
1 Sep 2008 9:14PM
Hi Patrick,
Great to have you back,missed you.Love the stones,their texture,that amazing sky and the waves,great timing and motion.take care,AnnSmile
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
1 Sep 2008 9:17PM
Good to see you back Patrick and a worthy image to return with.Beautifully comp[osed and your trade mark seascapes which we have missed.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
1 Sep 2008 9:27PM
Superbly exposed Patrick
martinl 14 268 2 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 9:34PM
Hi Patrick, good to see you again.

You may not have had any rain (we have!!), but you sure got a good sky there. Like the pebbles too, remind me slightly of the "beach" at Dunstansburgh Castle.

Are we going to get some more?

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 9:48PM
Thanks for such a warm welcome! I missed you guys too.

I don't know how to live up to that Mike, but I'll try!

Yes, Martin, I've heard about the rain. Send soem this way if you can. There are similarities from what I've seen, though the lava is so jet black that they need to be wet to see them at all in the image! Yes, I'll upload more after I do some catching up. I

ChazB 12 64 3 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 10:02PM
Nice foreground rocks Patrick! You have captured the wave perfectly with a great exposure. In contrast, I think it's rained everyday here since March (well maybe I'm exaggerating but that's definitely how it seems at the mo) least we don't have a hurricane.
ps I go back to St Andrews in a few weeks to start my 5th (and final) year, thanks for asking Smile
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 10:04PM
Nice to see you back Patrick, its always a pleasure to view your shots and this one is a stunner.
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
1 Sep 2008 10:13PM
Gorgeous composition, colors, detail, and exposure Patrick. Good to see your work again.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
1 Sep 2008 10:38PM
Thanks for stopping by!

Good luck Charlotte!

It is good to be back Paul and Dennis.

tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
1 Sep 2008 10:39PM
Wecome back, Patrick. This is a great image full of detail in the pebbles in the foreground and a well chosen shutter speed to freeze the waves.
PS I know where all your rain has gone. We have got it over here we have just had the wetest August on record and the dullest ne to boot. You can have it back now as we are getting a bit bored with it!
chris-p Plus
12 66 England
1 Sep 2008 10:45PM
Good to see you back Patrick..
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 10:45PM
Welcome back Patrick, lovely to see you uploading again and with such a superb image too ...... please don't leave it so long next time Smile

MalcolmM Plus
12 801 5 Scotland
1 Sep 2008 11:14PM
Superb seascape, love the dark pebbles.
Sezz 12 617 15 England
1 Sep 2008 11:21PM
I like your pov Patrick, the exposure for the water, the turn of the wave, the sheen on the pebbles, but most of all - the light catching those rocks! Been waiting a long time for one of your images - does not dissapoint Smile Great to see you posting again!

Sarah x
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 12:43AM
Thanks for stopping by!

LOL Ted, I was wondering where it went! Send it back here when you are finished...

I'll try Gil.

Thanks Sarah!

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
2 Sep 2008 1:35AM
Hi stranger.. Welcome back!!! see that everyone was waiting for you to get back with all the C+C's and Award... Congrats on the award.. This is yet again an Outstanding capture !!!!! Your work is always a pleasure to see Patrick...
johnjrp 13 432 5 Australia
2 Sep 2008 1:59AM
Lovely detail Patrick. Welcome back. John
Kris76 10 Canada
2 Sep 2008 3:15AM
Great shot. Fantastic looking water and clouds.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 4:12AM
Thanks Dawn, John and Kris!

GrahamNobles 9 9 4 England
2 Sep 2008 5:08AM
Nice shot indeed. Fast shutter speed to freeze the water is a welcome change. Which always means the fg is nice and sharp, and nice light on the rocks to finish.
And Hawaii, lucky jigger!
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 6:07AM
Welcome to EPZ Patrick. Great first upload - I hope you stick around Tongue

Fantastic sky, and I love the exposure on the water - the colours, the timing on the wave and sense of 'wetness' that transfers very well in the photo

No rain in California eh? You should have come over here - it has hardly stopped raining here. (plus we have better cobblestones!)
thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
2 Sep 2008 8:01AM
good to see you posting again Patrick, womderful image, love the sky and soft light hitting the foreground rocks.
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
2 Sep 2008 8:27AM
Awesome, Patrick.
Welcome back - I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been eagerly awaiting your return.
This is a beautifully controlled shot; the sky is magnificent, as is your timing of the wave.
All the best,
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:28AM
Fantastic scene and welcome back!

paulsteds 13 123 England
2 Sep 2008 9:35AM
If I had 10 like this I'd be over the moon.
Welcome back
sunshot 12 24 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:46AM
nice to see you back patrick, this is awesome, you can feel the water movement, good f/g detail and a lovely sky too

exposure Plus
13 5.2k England
2 Sep 2008 12:03PM
Beautiful Patrick a beautiful exposure water detail and tones light and a beautiful composition.
mhaseman 10 608 1
2 Sep 2008 3:19PM
Fabulous and looking forward to more soon! Cheers, Martin
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 3:34PM
Thanks for the welcome back! The lava shots are really difficult because most areas turn out completely black if you are not careful.

I was lucky Graham, for 10 days at least.

Thanks Matt, it seems like a decent site so I may stick around!

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 3:41PM
You always manage to get a good shutter speed for waves Pat, great sky too, as you said, clouds are not the norm here in San Fran this time of year so it's a refreshing scene. i've been missing your inspirational work so welcome back and get posting Wink
chuckspics 11 14 United States
2 Sep 2008 4:07PM
Ill jump on the band wagon, welcome back, and you can have all the rain weve this summer up here in New England, remember San Fran ffrom the 60,s service time spent at Camp Davis, in Davis Calif, great pictures of Hawaii, Chuck
Super image spot on.
LesF 11 182 9
2 Sep 2008 4:58PM
A bit special this Patrick, love the light of those rocks to the right

User_Removed 13 524 England
2 Sep 2008 5:12PM
How can you have no rain for six months?! Come here we've got loads Wink

Welcome back. Just enough light hitting those rocks and pebbles to make this one.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 5:48PM
Welcome back Patrick, missed your marvelous work, another fantastic image, wonderful exposure and lighting.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 6:10PM
Yes, no rain in 6 months with none expected until late October, though sometimes a surprise bit falls in September!

I was excited to see all these clouds so I stayed on the wet side of the island. On the flight over, I could see the thin California coastal fog gradually give way to more tropical wetter looking clouds as I approached the islands.

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
2 Sep 2008 6:25PM
A stunning beachscape Patrick, just what we've come to expect from a man of your calibre. I can scarcely believe you haven't had any rain in six months, all it has done this summer is tip it down! We've had the least amount of sun this summer since records began, and it's been day after day of leaden skies and rain!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
2 Sep 2008 6:52PM
It is so great to have you back Patrick you and your fantastic work have been so missed, This is up to your normal superb standard. - gary
2 Sep 2008 7:46PM
As usual, its a stunning image! Not much else to say!!!
robway 12 318 Wales
2 Sep 2008 8:32PM
Beautifully timed shot Patrick, love the cobbles and the whole scene is superb.

NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:06PM
i think this is possibly the best sea shot i have seen, and there have been a few,
Nigel_95 Plus
11 261 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:12PM
Looks like I'm late again Patrick. Welcome back. Love the sky and light on the rock and pebbles.

From other comments above, I clearly don't need to mention the weather here............

brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:58PM
Nice to see you back Patrick with another little jewel! I like the shine on the fg pebbles, and the incoming waves are beautiful. So fresh...
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
2 Sep 2008 10:10PM
Welcome back Patrick, this is gorgeous, as we have come to expect from you. Smile

colin 13 697 5 Scotland
3 Sep 2008 12:29AM
Good to see you posting again, Patrick. No slipping of standards, for sure! Wink
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Sep 2008 5:51AM
Thanks for not forgetting me!

You stole our rain Glos! Well, we rarely get rain during the summer but you stole our March and April rain, which is supposed to last us until November!

Thanks Phil, I'll have to quote you when I become rich and

Nigel, you don't sound happy about the weather. Call it

phillips 11 69 2 Scotland
3 Sep 2008 1:11PM
Simply gorgeous.
Sky, wave, light on middle diatance and foreground chukkies (that's Scottish for stones) combine to an image I'd put on my wall.

fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 9:15PM
Stunning light. Not at all surprised to find it was one of yours, welcome back.
georg Plus
12 4 South Africa
3 Sep 2008 9:43PM
Great to see you back!! You've been lying in my favourites list with an old photo staring me in the eyes for too long. Great capture as always.
youngwooly 10 1 England
4 Sep 2008 1:12PM
Great shot Patrick, the light is spot on as always. It’s also good to see how you actually make the shot up, gives us green horns a look in. Looking forward to more.

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
4 Sep 2008 3:45PM
Thanks for your views on this one. I nearly killed myself on those I mean chuckies!

LOL Georg..

proz 13 205 United States
4 Sep 2008 4:51PM
wonderful shot Patrick, glad to see you back and read that all is well. Being busy is a good thing I suppose Smile
wamp 11 276 8 England
4 Sep 2008 8:56PM
The timing of the wave is so good, the light looks like it was well worth waiting for and the detail is bang on - a very lovely image to view Smile

Dotrob 12 Wales
4 Sep 2008 9:33PM
Great to see you back, super seascape, lighting, and sky.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
5 Sep 2008 1:05AM
Thanks for stopping by, it is great to be back!

Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
7 Sep 2008 11:53AM
Welcome back! Great to see you uploading your wonderful images again. You certainly haven't lost your touch in your absence. I love the light catching the lovely cloud formations, the glistening rocks in the foreground and your perfect timing with that crashing wave. Fantastic as usual!
rangerpaul 10 19 7 England
8 Sep 2008 7:48PM
Takes a while to get down here Smile
Compositionally strong and nice complimentary tones topped of by a great sky.
Inspirational work.
Maddie Plus
12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 10:02AM
cracking sky, how are you doing Buddy Smile
evelen 12 5 England
9 Sep 2008 7:08PM
stunning capture.
HUMIE 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 10:18PM
Stunning image Patrick ...worth the wait.

I see you've been off EPZ also...great to have you back.

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
10 Sep 2008 4:36AM
Thanks for not forgetting me!

I'm still busy but I thought I better upload one before I'm totally forgotten!

fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
11 Sep 2008 10:06AM
I have been wondering where you had got to! Glad to see you back Patrick. Smile
albinoni 9 6 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2008 6:10PM
Great seacsape!
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 6:31PM
So many wonderful colour in that sky and so natural too. I love seascapes and this one is superb as have been missed.
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
12 Sep 2008 7:18PM
Superb landscape - love that light on the rocks!
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
12 Sep 2008 10:20PM
Good to see you back with a goodie Pat.
49er 11 564
15 Sep 2008 11:53AM
beautiful.. as always
StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
17 Sep 2008 5:19PM
truely stunning patrick.

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 9:23PM
Thanks for not forgetting!

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
1 Oct 2008 10:22AM
love the shine on the wet pebbles, lovely image.lesley
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
17 Oct 2008 12:54AM
Thanks Lesley.

And for whoever sees this because it is linked in the EPZ newsletter, I'll be back! I wish I could be around more but my daytime access is virtually nil right now. I may try uploading during the weekend.


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