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Maui Red

By PatrickSmith  
Almost #1,000,000!!

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.'

Tags: Red General Maui Lava Hana Landscape and travel Near death experience

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dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
18 Sep 2008 2:29PM
What can I say Patrick... this is yet another STUNNING shot.. you are the master of these...

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AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
18 Sep 2008 2:30PM

Really beautiful image the sweep of the waters edge.


MalcolmM Plus
12 887 5 Scotland
18 Sep 2008 2:30PM
Top class seascape. Light & water movement about those rocks is just great.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
18 Sep 2008 2:31PM
Would have been well worthy of 1,000,000 tag Patrick. Ah well, next time.

Well worth all the trouble when you get this sort of result.
A very beautiful image. Beautiful light and colours in the sky/clouds. The water movement is a dream. JNC
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 2:38PM
super composition and movement of water
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 2:44PM
Thanks for seeing this one! I'm just glad I made it out alive...

Yes Alan, I was a fraction of a second off and if you look at the order since 999,980, there were large gaps in the numbering. But none after 999,999.

18 Sep 2008 2:53PM
Mike Gray 13 382 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 2:56PM
Stunning capture as ever Patrick.

old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
18 Sep 2008 2:57PM
A beauty!
Sezz 13 617 15 England
18 Sep 2008 3:02PM
Perfect moment for the capture as the wave comes over the 'Dragon's Teeth' beautiful lighting too - excellent work Patrick!

Sarah *
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Sep 2008 3:17PM
Incredible and superb!
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
18 Sep 2008 3:22PM
Absolutely stunning, Patrick!
A magnificent, death defying effort and very worth the wait.
bobalot 11 10 England
18 Sep 2008 3:30PM
wonderful shot Patrick happy to make it 30.

Rgds Bob
Nettles 10 England
18 Sep 2008 3:33PM
What a fabulous looking place and so interesting.
Well done for taking such a great shot in difficult circumstances.
LesF 11 182 9
18 Sep 2008 3:35PM
A super capture of the water.

18 Sep 2008 3:40PM
Great image great Comp and capture colours are really good too
cirrusminor 10 380 3 England
18 Sep 2008 3:50PM
Stunning shot... well taken Smile
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
18 Sep 2008 3:51PM
Great image

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
18 Sep 2008 3:51PM
Your seascapes are something else, superb.
Phil_Restan 12 280 9 England
18 Sep 2008 3:51PM
yes I agree with Alan.
Excellent image
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 4:03PM
I'm glad you liked it!

This side of the island is very difficult to photograph and I have lots of ugly ones to prove it! Fortunately a few turned out well. I have more classic ones of the golden sand beaches with some good light that I'll upload later.

I have a bit of EPZ catching up to do.....

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 4:05PM
stunnning capture. well done
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 4:13PM
What a superb composition Patrick, so well done.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
18 Sep 2008 4:20PM
Superb image Patrick, one of the many things I find striking about this image is the the sun on the water, it appears to originate from below rather than reflecting from the surface.

angej 13 479 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 4:23PM
love the water movement Patrick, you have captured it just rightSmile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 4:25PM
Thanks for looking!

Mike, I think it looks that way because some of the water was smooth and reflective and then foam would move over those areas during the 1.6 seconds that the shutter was open. So the reflection was underneath the foam.

18 Sep 2008 4:25PM
Beautiful shot well worth all the effort.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
18 Sep 2008 4:42PM
Who are you??? Wink

Cracking shot Patrick, so glad to see you posting again Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 4:57PM
Thanks Sylvia.

LOL Tony, do any of us really know who we are?
(Okay, back to my meditation...)

18 Sep 2008 4:58PM
lovely shot well worth the walk
Kris76 10 Canada
18 Sep 2008 5:08PM
Beautiful capture Patrick. I specially like the waves going over those rocks.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
18 Sep 2008 5:11PM
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 5:26PM
Beautiful tones and excellent work from you as usual Patrick.

JouŠo 13 56 Finland
18 Sep 2008 5:48PM
Hi Patrick......

TTYL... Coffee time Wink

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 5:52PM
Thanks for stopping by!

It's almost lunch time for me Jouko!
Gotta go check on my Goldman Sachs puts!!

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
18 Sep 2008 6:08PM
Now then Dangerman I though you had gotten over t Wink
I can see why you wanted the shot though................
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
18 Sep 2008 6:11PM
My coffee break is over, so possiblity to edit the above comment Sad

Good to CU posting again, Patrcik.....

Classic you!

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 Sep 2008 6:13PM
nice one Patrick Smile
ChazB 12 64 3 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 6:27PM
Beautifully captured light and a wonderful composition.
HUMIE 11 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 7:20PM
Stunning ever Patrick.

wamp 11 276 8 England
18 Sep 2008 7:28PM
The colour on the sea and the effect of the water coming over the 'teeth' looks so very good Patrick, and the sky has a nice mood to it as well

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
18 Sep 2008 7:32PM
Tremendous work Patrick
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
18 Sep 2008 8:06PM
Really like the curve of the surf as it comes in on the beach. Super sky and good overall image. Smile
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
18 Sep 2008 8:24PM
Patrick the water movement as usual is perfect but for me what makes the image is thet beautiful sky and the nice reflection excelent work. - gary
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 8:27PM
Another excellent image Patrick, love the sun peeping round the rock.

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 9:25PM
Terrific drama, sky and light on the water Patrick. I laughed at the (mark 1) camera and lens designation. Are you lusting, or are you satisfied? (if you follow my meaning) Wink

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 9:32PM
See you haven't lost your thrill seeking ways since your EPZ break Patrick!!

Worth your derring do for this result though!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2008 9:49PM
Thanks for stopping by!

Sorry Janet, I'm not over it quite yet...

Wish I could join you Jouko..darn work.

Nigel yes, I'm now satisfied! At least partially until it arrives in about what? 17,200 years from now it seems!

Yes Martin, not much has changed I guess. I almost gave up because it was dark, but I figured that since I was there, why not give it a go! Fortunately I have a waterproof and saltproof backpack.

KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 10:01PM
great to see you back on EPZ Patrick !
Missed your quality
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Sep 2008 10:04PM
Wonderful work Patrick, this is yet another of your classic seascapes.
19 Sep 2008 3:42AM
1 000 004
loser !
ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2008 12:30PM
nice to see you uploading again.

looking forwards to seeing more
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
19 Sep 2008 2:12PM
As good as ever super work Patrick

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
19 Sep 2008 4:40PM
Thanks for looking!

Don't remind me Koen!
You could throw me into a deep psychological crisis!

Mikelane 10 1 Wales
19 Sep 2008 7:18PM
wow this is stunning really beatiful capture regards
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
19 Sep 2008 7:47PM
Something VERY special about watching the waves crash against the rocks, isn't there Patrick? Smile

When we were up in the NE of England, I just felt so fantastic on the beach with all that power of nature surrounding me!

Anyway - - this just makes me wish we actually had crashing waves here in Southport, instead of the slow crawl up the beach we get! Sad

Watching the Ryder Cup just now - - Come On Europe!!! Wink

Fran xx
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
19 Sep 2008 8:37PM
Hi Patrick,
Great to see you back and what a stoater of a shot.Great timing,motion,lighting,colour/tones,exposure.You take care out there.Exquisite work.take care,AnnSmile
exposure Plus
13 5.7k England
19 Sep 2008 9:04PM
Beautiful as always Patrick.
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
20 Sep 2008 9:09AM
Beautifully crisp and clear....
georg Plus
13 4 South Africa
21 Sep 2008 8:14AM
Great picture!
I'm voting on your photo here from India as I have a lot of problems with the Qatar internet! Will do a bit of catching up on your other profile photos once the problem is solved!
Have a great day!
Hi Ya Patrick,
Maui is looking as good as ever I see, you've portrayed it to perfection as always.
I remember this area well.....Hope to get back some day....Smile
How did you fare the Road to Hana....What an awesome route that is.

Good to see you back again and thanks for checking out my distracting Ox....LOL!

Hope the Medication is working out for you.....Ooooops, I mean Meditating....LOL!

Take care and have a wonderful week.....Smile
Lotsa Hugs,
Suz x
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
22 Sep 2008 3:23PM
Thanks for stopping by!

Yes Fran, it is my favourite thing to do. That is what started my doing photography to begin with. Sorry about your flat!

Good luck with the connection problems Georg. I've been having problems too. I have given up several times this week trying to browse on EPZ.

Well Suzie, the road to Hana was fine. Not even much rain. There are some nice beaches along the way if you don't mind slogging through the slippery rain forest. I will get you back because I don't have any condition which would require the use of psychotropic drugs.... Just ask my friend Ansel whis is right besid... Ansel? Well, he was just sitting here a moment ago...

Richsr 11 91 223 England
22 Sep 2008 4:01PM
Like your composition and the light and tones in this Patrick - well captured - regards Richard.
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
22 Sep 2008 8:53PM
Compositionally very powerful. The flow of water is one of the best captures I've seen for a while, beautiful detail in the movement, if you get what I mean! The rocks hold the sides of the shot superbly and the sun creeping up is the icing on the cake so to speak.
Inspirational stuff!
fatherpie 9 18 12 England
22 Sep 2008 8:58PM
Fabulous piece of work.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2008 8:59AM
The dragoon's teeth - very good name for this exciting place. Good one again, worth the trouble.
Wonder why they are called Dragons Teeth? The light from the left is wonderful in colour and intensity, the tale of the image is spectacular to say the least Patrick, no one could ever call you slow to get in there my friend, It's good to see your work again.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
23 Sep 2008 3:26PM
Thanks for your comments!

Yes Paul, I tried to capture the flow of water as best I could based on how long the exposure had to be. The water was chaotic but then finally started flowing in the same direction.

Hi Dougie. It's good to be back. The rocks look like the lower jaw of a giant beast when seen on the path that comes into the cove off the right right side of the frame!

Has Ansel been back yet.....LOL!
Good to have you back......Needed the smiles...Smile

How U Doin'?

Where's Jouko at today, we need his golden goofiness...Smile

Ok, get back to work Patrick.......Smile

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
23 Sep 2008 8:56PM
I like the effectiveness in the water movement, and the sun is just right giving a nice light on the scene.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2008 9:41PM
awesome work, how does a chap get that good, ???
Pegon 12 78 1 England
23 Sep 2008 9:48PM
A real beauty of a shot.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
24 Sep 2008 5:15AM
Thanks for looking in!

My home internet connection is bad so I'll try to see what you have when I can.

edwood 10 3 Scotland
24 Sep 2008 1:31PM
stunning shot
evelen 13 5 England
24 Sep 2008 6:37PM
wonderful shot oh.what a lovely plsace,
StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
25 Sep 2008 5:41AM
superb as allways Patrick.

Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
27 Sep 2008 6:57AM
Aye, ... no bad I guess !! Wink

tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
27 Sep 2008 11:37PM
Stunning shot, Patrick. I love the rush of water over the rocks and thanks for your detailed description on how you used your filters.
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2008 4:17PM
I recently tried some seascape shots and the surf kept blowing out, next time i will try pulling my filters down to the beach like you have hear Pat as it seems to control the scene better, thanks for the tip.

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
28 Sep 2008 6:59PM
a wonderful capture of light along with the timing of the breaking surf
Hugeknot 13 1.2k 2 Iceland
29 Sep 2008 4:57PM
Worth the wait! this is stunning!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Sep 2008 5:49AM
Thanks for having a look!

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
30 Sep 2008 10:20PM
You take your life in your hands , but come out with some fantastic shots Smile A lovely hint of the sky as the waves come softly beachward .

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