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April 29, 2010
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Shutter Speed
30/1 second
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 25, 2010, 3:37:12 AM
Spirits In The Sky by aFeinPhoto-com Spirits In The Sky by aFeinPhoto-com
There are some places that are difficult to do justice too. Polihale is one of them. This HUGE beach is the largest in Hawaii and at the westernmost part of Kauai. Massive sea cliffs which end (or start depending on travel direction) the Na Pali coast dwarf all that camp there. Polihale translates to House of Po, as the spirits would jump off the cliffs into the Hawaiian afterworld, Po.

While photographing under the setting moon I noticed one of the frames in my camera had the milky way in it...then looked up and realized the setting moon was low enough to reveal the stars above!

I ran down to the ocean's edge where I had photographed this type of shot at sunset and started clicking away.

This is 8 vertical images, 30s each with a file size of 70" and 1gb! The moon was almost full and about in inch (2.7cm if converting :P) and gave enough light to illuminate the landscape while still allowing the milky way to shine through.

I have had a very hard time coming up with a title for this and It is an ode to the mythology of the place :) Still not completely sold on it...but we'll see what you all think!
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Critique by gashcr Apr 29, 2010, 2:37:51 PM
One of the most beautiful shots I've seen, EVER!. It looks like the mountain is separating the day and the night, and the stars are turning around over it. The technique is superb. As I can see from your description, it took a great amount of time and work to take this one, and you managed to create this wonderful pano with mastery skill.

All the details are visible in the scene, from the footsteps in the sand, to the clouds at the bottom left, to the gorgeous night sky and the texture of the cliff.

There's really no suggestion I could make on this one, as it's simply stunning. I'd have called it, "Cliffs of timeless light", as you certainly can't tell if it's day or night ;).

Thanks for sharing this outstanding piece with us.
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FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply stunning, I can't believe it turned so nice! There are still some orange lights (from the sun ? a city) on the right, so I thought it was a wicked sunset at first. But then, the milky way, wow can I say more about it?!

This is totally amazing, :thumbsup: and thanks for sharing such an amazing image :)
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
That light you see is from the setting moon behind me. Thanks for the <3 :)

FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
Richie-x-pressions Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
stunning! :wow:
balukha Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
very nice! ideal!
psyfre Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
This is fantastic yea
XpiecemealX Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Update: This is my current desktop picture :)
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
The reason I ALWAYS watermark my images. Always.
XpiecemealX Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Well, im not really taking it. Just admiring it. I USUALLY watermark my images. lol. About 90% of the ones online are.
XpiecemealX Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh man! What a luck shot dont you just love when you are in the right place at the right time and you get photos like this! This is spectacular!
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