The west side of Hawaii is ideal for sunsets, but the 14000 foot Mauna Kea volcano in the center of the island blocks an early, low angle sunrise from the east. Because of that, when sunrise actually occurs, the impact on western coastal scenes is less contrasty and shadows are muted. This is such a scene, near first light, but taken after 7am. The area around Kamuela is dominated by old lava flows with lots of shoreline lava stacks. In the distance in this photo is the dormant volcano Kohala. I chose a black and white presentation to emphasize the textures and shadows in the stone and to reduce emphasis on the ultra-blue waters that Hawaii is famous for, but distract from this scene. The long exposure softens and disperses the we action so that it doesn't compete with the stone textures.
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