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beach 3

Another image of a moonlit beach on The Big Island (Hawai’i).  This is the third in a series of four images.  Tomorrow I’ll explain how I found myself doing night photography at zero-dark-thirty on these beautiful shores…



  1. I can’t wait for the story. As I looked at the previous image, I had trouble believing that it was a 30 second exposure, lit only by the moon. The composition is so perfect that it’s hard to imagine how you were able to achieve that in limited light.

    • Thanks Mike. 🙂

      It helps to take a few minutes to let your eyes adjust to the darkness. But the difference between what your eyes see and what you see on the back of the camera is amazing!

      You can also have some fun and do some subtle “light painting” of the foreground, but I didn’t do that in any of these shots.

      I try to get my horizon as level as possible, but find I usually have to make a small adjustment on the computer, so I use a wide angle and “pad” the edges of my image just a bit to allow for a little cropping if needed.

      The other reason for using a wide-angle is they usually have larger apertures than your longer lenses.

      I hope you’ll go out and play one night, and post some of your experiments. Sleeping beavers by moonlight?

      Carpe noctem! 😉

      RPRT Photo

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