I absolutely loved Hanalei Bay when I was staying in Kauai. It just had an amazing village feel to it and everyone really was so relaxed. Surfers would drive on to this beach and turn right and drive for 200M and then hop out of their cars and hit a really amazing wave about 250M offshore.
Families would have their huge pickup trucks on the beach with loud reggae music blasting out from their speakers and the Dads would have the BBQs all fired up. The evenings were just magical in this bay. The Hawaiians couldn’t believe I was walking around in shorts on a cold 24 degree day! They were wearing jeans to keep themselves warm.
I hope you guys enjoy this photo.
Whilst on our travels down south True North Mark and I came across this pretty cool old house. Of course we hopped out straight away and headed over to it and started to capture as best we could. I was actually really inspired by this old house.
I always wonder why people left houses like this as they were. We they desperate and had no other choice? Who knows?
This weekend True North Mark and I headed out on the road to travel down to the Great Southern region. I think we managed to cover 1000kms in less than 48hrs and it certainly felt like we covered half the state. We left Perth on Thursday night and arrived at the Stirling Ranges very late that night but there was no time for sleeping as we headed straight up to Bluff Knoll.
As luck would have it (insert sigh of disappointment here) we arrived on one of the very few days with no clouds in sight. We pinged off a few shots and headed down to our toasty cabin for the night.
After Mark’s really loud alarm almost sent me through the roof we got up and headed back out to Bluff Knoll and managed to get a few pretty cool shots.
We then headed down to the Porongurp’s but managed to miss them and ended up heading across to Denmark, Walpole, Manjimup, Nannup and ended up in Dunsborough early Friday evening. We had dinner with Christian and Mark and then next morning headed out with them to check out a new location near Smiths Beach and we were rewarded with a sensational sunrise.
After that Mark and I hit Smiths Beach for a few more shots before heading home.
The highlight for me was definitely Ocean Beach in Denmark, we got there just as the water was showing off its amazing colours. What a really cool and fun trip!
Cancer sucks no matter who is struck by it but its probably more heart wrenching when children are affected by it. You can do something about it though and score a great piece of art at the same time. Christian, Mark and I have each donated a photograph to this very special cause and hopefully it will be well attended.
Please even if you aren’t able to attend go to the website and donate. If you do want to attend there are heaps of noteworthy artists who have donated art and you are bound to pick up a bargain.
Flying past the Na Pali coast line is such an amazing experience. Now I love helicopters and I’ve certainly never been a nervous flyer in a helicopter but I don’t mind admitting I was extremely nervous in all but possible the last 15mins of this flight.
We flew in an open door Hughes 500 which is an extremely quick and nimble helicopter and heaps of fun. What got me though was that as we climbed up the huge mountains we started to get battered around by the winds screaming across the ridges. It wasn’t a light bit of turbulence we were quite literally thrown around, so much so that at one stage I stopped shooting and hung onto my seat with both hands. The other awesome part of the ride was that once we made it over the ridge, we’d get a massive shove by those winds which had now become tailwinds and we just rocketed away from the ridge.
It was doubly intense because not only did we shoot past the mountain ridge at speed we did it with a 4000ft drop below us. The mountains in Hawaii are so steep and don’t have an gentle slopes on them, so one minute you are just making it across the ridge and then the next minute you have a massive drop right below you.
Those helicopter pilots really knew their stuff and were edging deep into canyons and weaving their way right up next to waterfalls. It was easily the most crazy and exciting helicopter ride I’ve ever had. If you ever make it to Kauai and you want a new thrill in your life, go for an open door flight past the Na Pali coast line, oh and don’t forget to take some photos in amongst all the excitement.
Melissa has been in Melbourne since Thursday morning. Need I say anymore? 🙂
Yes I know it sounds like the Corona ad but its true. I swear I was Hawaiian in a previous life as I really identify with the islands and the Hawaiian way of life. I’ve been there four times and I’m planning yet another trip there again. It was only February that I was there last, but its seems like an eternity.
On my last trip I spent six days in Kauai just shooting away and driving around and listening to heaps of Hawaiian reggae. Paradise!
This shot is from the North East part of the island, in fact the surf you see below me was Andy Irons local beach and on a good day can have surf up to 30ft in height. To get this shot I set my camera to TV mode and used a shutter speed of 800th of second. Oh and of course I was in a helicopter at approx 1500ft.
I hope you guys enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more photos from Hawaii next February.