We had just arrived in Hilo, Hawaii and the sun was quickly going down. We had no reservations and clueless on where we were going to stay. Not out of the norm for us. I always feel that if we have a rental car, we at least can stay out of the elements in a pinch. The clouds were thick cumulus and I knew it was going to be a spectacular sunset, but where to go to catch it. Problem was we were facing east which would have been great for a sunrise shot. We decided to drive south and see what might come up. We managed to find a dirt road that seemed to head toward the ocean, so we scrambled down to see where it might lead. We got to the water’s edge just in time and quickly got in position with tripod and camera. Alas, we ended up getting these amazing shots. I usually like to plan ahead for positioning a composition with regards to the light. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being intuitive enough to be at the right place at the right time.
HD photography tidbit- 3 photos were taken in succession, -2,normal,+2 then merged in Photomatix, finetuned in Topaz Adjust and finalized in Photoshop CS5