Fiddling while the wind blows

From the vast to the tiny…  Yesterday’s photo was a panorama of the Na Pali coast from the top of Waimea Canyon.  Today’s is just a teensy bit of detail from the same spot.

One of the things that always surprises me about Kauai is that it’s not all palm trees, hibiscus, and bougainvillea.  Yes, there are some near the coast, but the plant life is much more varied than I expect on a tropical island.  There are giant fir trees, especially as you go to higher elevations.  And lots of ferns.

There are also those lovely tropical breezes, all day long.  Which makes it challenging to shoot leafy plants and get a clear shot.  (Unless you use a plamp, which seems like cheating to me and probably wouldn’t have worked here anyway.)  Instead, I went for as short an exposure as I could, with a wide-open aperture which gives a nice dreamy shallow depth of field.

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~ by Shelly F. Cohen on 4 January 2010.

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