In July 2017, we visited Hawaii. We spent time in beautiful Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kona, and Kauai.


While in Kauai, I had an opportunity to spend some time with a local photographer. He guided me to several great areas to include Ho’opi’i Falls. It is one of the waterfalls used in the original Jurassic Park. It is a popular spot, but thankfully I was able to get some photos without people in them.

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A different perspective -

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Our last stop was the Ninini Point Lighthouse. This Lighthouse is located next to the Lihue Airport and behind a resort and golf course.


Lighthouses are naturally photogenic, and this one sits on Kauai’s beautiful east coast at the entrance of Nawiiliwili Bay.

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We purposely arrived at night to take advantage of the extreme darkness. The little light we had softly illuminated the water and rocks revealing the mist and natural beauty of the island. The experience is so different from seeing it during the day. I think you appreciate the sounds more; especially those of the waves crashing into the rocks. It is violent, yet peaceful.

I took this photo on the east side of the lighthouse closer to the airport. You do not really recognize just how close the Lihue Airport is until planes begin to land on the airstrip directly behind you. Like clockwork, they arrived every few minutes and we felt the rumble as they got lower.


There are a lot of photos of the lighthouse from this side, but what I think makes my photo unique is the light trail from an airplane as it came in to land.


This is long-exposure photography, which is leaving the camera’s shutter open for an extended period of time so more light is exposed. The longer the exposure, the more lines will appear and the longer they will look. In this case I left the shutter open for 30 seconds.


This photo has a lot going on – the lighthouse, water, rocks, moving clouds, stars, and, of course, the incoming airplane. I believe it balanced well and really draws your eyes to the beautiful trail of lights.

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