In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 25 of the series we are looking at an image that shows how your hobby and profession can be enjoyed together.
11 June 2012. Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii.
I am not a professional photographer, not because my images are not up to an exacting standard but because it is not my profession. I don't make money from my photography, it is a hobby but that does not mean that my work life and my hobby never combine! I have a fantastic job and one of the fantastic things about that job is the occasional need to travel overseas. My work has sent me to Hawaii 4 times now and while that my sound wonderful (and it is) you still have to do work while you are away! Therefore chances to indulge in photography are few and usually come at times that you would prefer to be resting from long hours, jet lag and socialising! But when you can get away, the fatigue quickly evaporates when you start to focus on creating images.
Waimea Bay is one of the most iconic beaches on the north shore of Oahu, known for the church tower and big wave surfing. The big waves only occur in the northern hemisphere winter so on the dawn of this summer's day the water was calm. This beach becomes packed very early in the day, even at dawn there was a big Hawaiian Family setting up for a full day by the beach. By the time I was leaving the car park was already full! I have been to Waimea Bay before but never early in the morning so I did know what to expect, driving through the mountains from Honolulu is an event and the weather is always different from one side of the island to another. When I came out of the tunnel I could see that it would be an overcast morning - but that should never be cause to turn around for the comfort of bed again! I practically had the beach to myself and could explore the western end where later in the day it will be full of people diving off the rocks. After trying a few different compositions I decided to capture a simple scene of the water gliding onto the sand. For a beach known for big wave surfing and big crowds I like how this image conveys a sense of calm in both composition and colours, the overcast skies give a detail to the sky but also a soft blue colour to the start of the day.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.