Congrats to Lace Andersen for winning The Tropics Assignment!
“This photograph was taken in January of 2014 at Ke’e Beach, Kauai, Hawaii,” says Andersen. “This beach can be very popular with photographers when the surf is up in winter. My actual intent for the evening was to photograph waves down the coastline. I was pleasantly surprised by the green moss growing on the rocks upon my arrival. This usually happens once or twice a year. Partially through my evening shoot I quickly switched gears from photographing the waves to wide-angle seascapes. It proved to be a bit of a challenge removing my 100-400mm L lens without getting sea mist blown onto my camera sensor. The clouds and light beams were too dynamic to ignore with the glowing green moss in the foreground as the sun started to set. I processed this image in Lightroom and made all the basic adjustments to bring the RAW file back to life. I then used NIK software to noise reduce and bring out additional tonal contrast. All resizing was done in Adobe Photoshop.”
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, tripod, polarizer