Last I got up before the chickens in order to make it to the north shore before sunrise. I wanted to visit this beach and catch the morning light. I used a low camera position because I wanted the horizon in the upper third. Thankfully my carbon fiber tripod was made to use in uneven topography as the ground was anything but even.
I wanted to show the wide angle view of Hawaii’s beautiful coastline and decided to use the fish eye lens. In part thats because the lens has a 180 degree angle of view, but the secondary reason is I love the fish eye lens because of the way the image bends at the ends.
We live on a round planet and for some reason people have come to expect straight lines on the horizons of photographs seen. I think its refreshing to see the curve. In addition, it adds a secondary line that repeats the round line of the water surrounding the rocks in the foreground.
The portrait will be printed as 30 x 60 and will be displayed in Waterfront Restaurants private dining room. The Waterfront is one of Maui’s most established restaurants and is located in Maalaea Harbor.