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Waianapanapa Sands

By PatrickSmith  
Waianapanapa (Y-ahna-pahna-paw) means, 'glistening waters' and they are not kidding!

There are many ways to photograph this black sand beach near Hana, Maui. But it takes a while to figure out how to do it. In this moment, the sand was briefly wet and reflected the last glowing light from the clouds above. It took a while for a wave to break just when the sand was glowing. I tried for a long time before the timing was right. A few minutes later the light was gone for the day.

If you don't capture it at the right moment, the beach becomes a completely black and empty blob. I was lucky!

0.5 second exposure @F16 with ND grads 0.9 + 0.6

Sunday evening California time seems to be the only time I can sneak in an upload so I'll take what I can get right now.

Tags: To Black Not General Be Sand Like Does Hawaii Maui Landscape and travel Waianapanapa Photographed!

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20 Oct 2008 3:57AM
Magnificent shot Patrick... how lucky you were to capture this shot

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NevP Plus
12 853 13 Canada
20 Oct 2008 4:00AM
Looks great to me Patrick.

I'm on Southern Alberta time - which is about 1925. Smile
TommyStr Plus
12 9 3 Norway
20 Oct 2008 4:12AM
LisaRose Plus
11 172 4 United States
20 Oct 2008 4:29AM
A stunning image Patrick, gorgeous soft colors throughout.

jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
20 Oct 2008 4:45AM
This is what makes you the top, well tought out captures

allanC Plus
12 21 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 4:55AM
Another stunning image Patrick, I never get bored of looking at your pictures.

PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 6:02AM
Thanks for the late night comments! This was a tough one to capture.

jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 6:07AM
Sunday Evenig California time is good for me Smile
had to laugh at the black sand tag. hehe!

Good to see you uploading Patrick..

11 18 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 6:51AM
Wonderful image.
20 Oct 2008 7:24AM
Awesome colours and just the right amount of motion.
A cracker Patrick from one of my 'must see' places.

LesF Plus
11 182 9
20 Oct 2008 8:30AM
Like how you have the wave just breaking plus you have given me thought as I will be in Asia in a few weeks and one place I am visiting has you guested a black beach.

10 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 9:05AM
Super capture Patrick....patience well rewarded .

Makes me want to reach for the surf board....what am I saying I can't swim.

old timer Plus
13 55 1 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 9:10AM
Love this, Patrick.
That is stunning,very well taken.
MalcolmM Plus
12 843 5 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 9:16AM
Beautiful shot, Patrick. Breaking wave just great & love the light on wet sand.
BillyGoatGruff Plus
10 191 199 England
20 Oct 2008 9:26AM
Superb as always, Patrick.
Techno Plus
9 2.4k 8 England
20 Oct 2008 9:30AM
Top draw Patrick, thanks for sharing it with us and the narrative much appreciated.
Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
20 Oct 2008 9:44AM
Like the light and colours in this Patrick - first class capture.
Regards Richard.
User_Removed 13 524 England
20 Oct 2008 10:01AM
It's all in the breaking wave for me - really like the curved movement lines as it's about to break. Nice splash of green from the background too.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
20 Oct 2008 10:23AM
That is a superb wave Patrick - great timing with the beach light too.
[Quote]I was lucky![/Quote] it takes a little more than luck.Smile
uggyy Plus
12 2.1k 9 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 10:24AM
Been too long since you last posted Wink More please...

20 Oct 2008 10:39AM
Stunning exposure Patrick
20 Oct 2008 10:50AM
Wonderful light, comp and exposure. Nicely done.
20 Oct 2008 10:50AM
thorn Plus
13 124 2 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 11:09AM
Hi Patrick,
Love the movement and of the water as it comes in and makes it's way onto that beautiful sand,great timing,beautiful island greenery,tones,amazing sky and lighting.Picture perfect.take care,annSmile
lostintime Plus
10 13 5 Germany
20 Oct 2008 11:43AM
Gorgeous light and tones and a wonderful composition and great mood, terrific shot.
20 Oct 2008 12:25PM
Just goes to show, perfect timing makes a perfect picture. A real cracker Patrick.

20 Oct 2008 12:25PM
Fantastic shot, and I have actually been there too Smile
Moj_o Plus
10 10 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 12:36PM
Stunning Smile

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
20 Oct 2008 12:40PM
This is a stunning image, the light has transformed the black sand into a glorious beach , shimmering with color!
perfect timing!
gary_d Plus
10 576 13 Wales
20 Oct 2008 12:40PM
Everything about this shot is great and the sky is outstanding. - gary
Briwooly Plus
12 452 5 England
20 Oct 2008 1:11PM
Another stunner Patrick the large version is stunning

SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JNC
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
20 Oct 2008 1:40PM
Great light and colours Patrick, great use of the wet sand. Looks a better sky than any I got in China

martinl Plus
14 269 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 1:43PM
The wave is nice, but I really like the reflections on the wet sand you caught there Patrick.
glyndwr Plus
10 66 10 Wales
20 Oct 2008 2:23PM
A lesson in exposure Patrick. Love the shutter speed on the water.

PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 3:13PM
Thanks for your comments! I'll have to see what I've been missing...

Yes, Jeanie. Late evening for me is almost the same for you!

Les, don't forget to bring the grad line all the way down to the black sand. It is your only hope to show the sand at all!

lol Mike! (humie)

I suppose you are right Brian, it was part luck in that the light opened up at the right time, but I was ready for it if it were to happen!

I know Tommy, I wish I had more time during the day but there is too much going on right now. Still, I'll try.

Yes Geoff, timing is almost everything it seems!

I'll have to see them Malcolm.

Kim Walton Plus
14 145 30 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 3:16PM
Nice to see you back Patrick.
Looking forward to more.
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 3:17PM
what a truley beautiful shot the colours of the sky and the reflections wow
20 Oct 2008 3:24PM
Another stunner Patrick,

49er Plus
11 564
20 Oct 2008 3:27PM
as always a stunner.
Nice to see you back.. i am well. House hunting, which I fear wil become stressful as time goes by...

Kind Regards

Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 3:48PM
What great exposure in this fantastic capture Patrick.
JouŠo Plus
13 56 Finland
20 Oct 2008 3:51PM
Hey, you! Wink


Gorgeous tones in this, Patrcik......

Good to have you back.........

Cormy Plus
10 3 England
20 Oct 2008 3:53PM
A Patrick Smith Special.Superb work.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
20 Oct 2008 4:22PM
I was quoting you Patrick, you said you were lucky in your write up - I am saying it takes more than luck to come up with an image as good as this.Smile
Hugeknot 12 1.2k 2 Iceland
20 Oct 2008 4:34PM
Super lovely fantastic!
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 4:37PM
Thanks for looking!

It is good to be back Kim. I wish I had more EPZ time.

House hunting Edgar? You may have a few choices so take your time. A long time. Maybe a year or two unless you have to sell an existing place now.

I am doing well Jouko. I built a dog house for my Border Collie and I'm waiting for my new 5D mk II to arrive sometime in November I think. It would be nice for a few clouds to stop by though. Still no rain since February though we had a close call a couple of weeks ago.

True Brian. I was ready, but I was lucky in that the light was great for a few minutes when it looked like I was out of luck earlier!

Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 5:38PM
Lucky? You must have been lucky for the last dozen or so uploads. Some people are just born lucky. Wonderful work. Beautiful as always.
cuffit Plus
11 310 5 England
20 Oct 2008 5:39PM
Hard to add anything to the superlatives above, it is a quality photo, one of those that you can keep staring into. Great work. Chris
20 Oct 2008 5:45PM
Patience is always rewarded I envy your skills.
paulcr Plus
13 1.5k 9 Ireland
20 Oct 2008 5:49PM
Beautiful, almost surreal. Paul
cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
20 Oct 2008 6:00PM
its beautiful, lesley
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 6:04PM
Thanks for stopping by!

LOL Andrew (Scaramanga), I try to be lucky every time... but unfortunately the sea often has other plans!

20 Oct 2008 6:38PM
Amazingly beautiful.
20 Oct 2008 6:40PM
Stunning image Patrick great colours and the wave motion is spot on.

Buffalo_Tom Plus
11 2.3k 9 Wales
20 Oct 2008 7:02PM
A beautiful composition,light and exposure.Really lovely location captured superbly well.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
20 Oct 2008 7:03PM
It is just so different from our Nort east coast of England and your skills have shown which I prefer but then the grass is always greener on the other side ..but as someone once still has to be cut.
A truly superb image.
rangerpaul Plus
10 19 7 England
20 Oct 2008 7:31PM
Waiadolikethisalot (means, I like it) Smile
20 Oct 2008 7:49PM
Super capture Patrick, great light, reflections and the timing of the wave.
AnneWorner Plus
10 620 43 United States
20 Oct 2008 7:52PM
Beautifully photographed - wonderful light and tones in this.
The only black beach I ever saw was on the Big Island, and of course, that is gone now. It really is such a sight.
20 Oct 2008 7:54PM
Super image so well captured.

20 Oct 2008 8:26PM
Beautiful shot, Superb.

Rende Plus
10 38 4 Netherlands
20 Oct 2008 8:36PM
Brilliant; magical colours and light.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
20 Oct 2008 8:41PM
I'LL swap you a winter in North Yorkshire ?


PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 9:08PM
Thanks for stopping by!

True Dan, so true.....

LOL Paul!

Yes Ann, but fortunately there are other black sand beaches on Maui and the big island of Hawaii. Actually, there is one near the Golden Gate bridge along with one that has sand the texture and colour of coffee grounds. When I get the time I'll.....

That's okay Rick, I'll stay right here for now!

Great image super comp. Will
phillips Plus
11 69 2 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 9:23PM
Absolutely gorgeous.

Sezz Plus
13 617 15 England
20 Oct 2008 10:47PM
Patrick, you never fail to impress! A gorgeous scene, the light is beautiful, especially on the shoreline and the timing perfect for the turn of the wave!

Sarah Smile
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
21 Oct 2008 12:53AM
Thanks for having a look and for such a nice review Sarah!

chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
21 Oct 2008 8:21AM
Beautifully captured Patrick,a demonstration of patience really paying off !
That magical moment when you know you nailed it, and you had. A very special image Patrick as we have come to expect from you and that's a great burden to carry.

MikeA Plus
13 1.3k England
21 Oct 2008 7:14PM
A stunning image Patrick and a credit to your patience and craftsmanship.

MrsS Plus
11 4.5k 18 England
21 Oct 2008 7:30PM
It might not want to be photographed, but you sure nailed it down and forced it to put on it's best show, Patrick!!! That breaker is stunning!

I'm sure all this has been said already, but I can't spare the week or two to read all the comments! Wink

Hope you are well - - must catch up on facebook sometime soon
Fran x
wamp Plus
11 276 8 England
21 Oct 2008 8:11PM
A beautiful scene captured beautifully!! The timing is so good with the wave too

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 8:11PM
A wonderful capture with wonderful colours and wind and wave action expressed beautifully.

Nigel_95 Plus
11 262 2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2008 12:02AM
Wonderful sky, and great timing on the water Patrick.

tripodted Plus
12 32 1 Northern Ireland
22 Oct 2008 12:56AM
Another belter from the master!
JimL Plus
10 191 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2008 2:30PM
so this is how it should be done.well done Patrick
24 Oct 2008 7:40PM
stunning work as allways Patrick.

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
26 Oct 2008 2:53AM
Beautiful colours here in the reflections and great timing for the waves, nice work mate.
mhaseman 10 608 1
27 Oct 2008 3:48PM
It's all been said. Brilliant. Cheers, Martin
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
27 Oct 2008 4:47PM
Thanks for your comments. I'll squeeze in my EPZ time this week when I can!

LOL Fran!

27 Oct 2008 9:01PM
Good to see you are still taking those beautiful breathtaking views Patrick - excellent work!
30 Oct 2008 9:53PM
Wonderful colours and light, well captured as usual Patrick.

IanFlindt Plus
13 740 21 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 10:57PM
Flaming heck, this is a cracker. Printed large and hung in a gallery it would have admirers gathering around it like bees to honey.
Hi Ya P......
What is up??!!
Just now seeing this one.....very nice, brings back some great memories.

Hope all is well.......
Lotsa Hugs,
Suz Smile
A stunning capture, love the colours.
Eden Plus
13 40 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2008 11:53AM
great landscape - your portfolio is inspiring!
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
2 Nov 2008 1:41PM
A wonderful beachscape Patrick, just what we've come to expect from you. The name of the place is a bit of a mouthful though!
u have exellent pf
absolutly stunning.....peter
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
3 Nov 2008 3:32PM
Thanks for looking!

I'll upload a new one next week when I'll have more time to browse around.

9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 4:35PM
words cant say,
14 Nov 2008 11:35PM
yet another stunning image Patrick - sorry not been around lately - a bit busy

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:11AM
Amazing work Patrick, you capture the essence of the place so well - Waianapanapa indeed!
17 Nov 2008 8:34PM
Excellent work,
tg Plus
13 86 Scotland
18 Nov 2008 4:49AM
Great shot! You really do California justice... keep 'em coming.

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