Making sense out of obstacles

By |2015-02-08T09:49:32+00:00Feb 8th, 2015|

Spring boarding off of my last post taken at Laupahoehoe Point, Hawaii, is today’s photo. From where I was standing, if you turned your body about 40 degrees to the left, you’d see this striating series of ocean rock that, at first glance, could appear to be utterly chaotic when trying to find a composition amongst all the obstacles. This was exactly the case when I was standing here with my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. It simply pulled too much of the scene in and I was struggling to find a layout that made sense. This is a very common occurrence and what’s important is knowing how to power through it to get a photo that you like… because odds are that there is one waiting for you.

In this case, I decided to swap out my widest lens for my longest one and mounted my Sony A-mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 super telephoto lens. Much better. Instantly, I was able to start scanning the scene in front of me with my live view until I found a pattern that made sense. After a bit of searching, I found a section of rock that naturally formed its layers from the foreground thru to the background. This cross-section of rock provided a great representation of the pitfalls one would face if they found themselves swimming out there. It was simply a matter of using the right gear to help tease out the composition that was waiting to be found.

Camera: Sony a7R with the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10-stop ND filter & Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

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