During a recent workshop, we found ourselves in South Kihei around 4 PM. The light was harsh then moments later quite diffused as the clouds floated across the sky. The tide was low which allowed us to position ourselves in a place that is underwater during high tide. I used a Lee graduated 3 stop filter to help balance the light in the sky to that of the foreground. Doing this enabled me to use a slow shutter speed and high F-stop.
Maui has countless locations for photography, and each day the conditions change. You never know what your going to get, and that’s part of the fun and the challenge. Having a variety of filters on hand enables photographers to be creative no matter what the conditions or weather.
On location I carry a 1, 2, & 3 stop hard graduated Lee filter kit for the Nikon 14-24 mm lens. For the 12-24 Nikon lens I have a BW 10 stop filter, 1, 2, & 3 stop soft neutral density kit as well. At the top of my wish list is a reverse graduated neutral density filter. This is a filter that has strong diffusion in the middle and as it goes up and down the diffusion lessons. This is perfect for Maui sunrises and sunsets.