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Contender Marty Barger

To get the photo he pre-visualized, 2014 Vista Contest Contender Marty Barger went all-in and tested his limits in the waves of Kona, Hawaii

Photographer: Marty Barger

Location: Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, Kona, Hawaii.

Date: June 7, 2014.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, Really Right Stuff TVC 2X Tripod and BH-40 Ballhead, Formatt Hitech ND 0.6 RG filter, remote release.

The story behind the shot:
I'm lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. A good photographer friend told me about this rock formation and we went there to shoot a week earlier. I got some good shots, but didn't get the image I wanted. I went back a few days later looking for interesting clouds at sunset. Based on the images I took timidly a few days earlier, I knew I had to get right up to the edge of the table to get the shot I wanted. I also knew I had to get wet to do it. The sunsets are usually beautiful here and I wanted to try to get one with the waves running off the "table" and the sunset in the background. I used a Formatt-Hitech Reverse Graduated ND filter to stop down the sun so it didn't get overexposed. It can get a little scary when you really don't know what the ocean will do at any point of time. The waves were tipping my tripod, so I started supporting it when I saw one coming. I took about forty images in order to get the one that I wanted. I had to strip down my tripod when I got home to wash out the sand and grit from the legs. All-in-all it was a great evening in paradise.

Special Techniques:
I did some simple clean up in Lightroom, but no special processing. I did bump up the shadows.


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