This trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was split in two main parts: the first four days were spent on the northern part of the island and the remaining four days are being spent on the southern part. As the first few days went by, I started experiencing a major creative bloc. I’d get back to the B&B that we were staying at (which has since permanently shut its doors) and would have a huge wave of apathy crash over me as I reviewed the photos from the day. Even while on location, I’d have this feeling that I wasn’t firing on all cylinders. This was all despite Nicole affirming that I did actually walk away with keepers after seeing my results at the end of each day. Still, I couldn’t put my finger on why I was holding myself back.
It wasn’t until we got to the second half of the trip, returning to the absolutely wonderful Kalaekilohana Inn & Retreat, that it all started to make sense. This is our second time staying at Kalaekilohana. We made it a point to return here after spending 8 wonderful days last year here. This place served as the backdrop to our first experience of the Big Island and had a profound impact on us. When we pulled up the long path to the brilliant yellow home, everything felt familiar and good. It simply crystalized the importance of your surroundings and its impact on the creative process. I’m not saying that the first location we stayed at was bad. Quite the opposite, actually. The staff were lovely, the bed was comfy, and the breakfasts were delicious. But there is something different about this place.
Within an hour of checking in, I felt better. It was like a fog was lifted from my head and it couldn’t have happened sooner because we were just about to head off to our next sunset shoot. When we arrived at a remote, rocky and secluded swatch of the Kawa’a shore, everything started falling into place. I felt much more comfortable in my skin and my creative process seemed to flow again. More importantly, I’m genuinely happy with the photos that I captured yesterday and am even more excited about the photos that I’ll be capturing during our final three days here.
Camera: Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: Formatt Hitech Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter + Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7