Almost #1,000,000! ..lol!
This red sand beach is just outside of Hana on the east side of Maui, and is rather difficult to get to at high tide, especially in the dark before sunrise. The old path was washed away by a landslide and the waves at high tide make it difficult to run across the beaches between waves. But high tide is needed for the waves to wash over the rocks you see here. And the remaining part of the path is crumbly and right above a sheer drop into the ocean!
I moved around until I positioned the sun in the corner to act as a spotlight on the rest of the scene. The rocks really are that red and the red sand to the left is even more red.
1.6-second exposure @F16 with ND grads 0.9 + 0.75 angled at 8am-2pm. Both grads were pulled down to the pebbled beach which was a very dark red.
Usually that exposure length results in ugly cottony water so I had to wait for the water to be flowing smoothly just as a new wave crashed over the rocks known as The Dragon's Teeth.'
Landscape and travel
Near death experience