First time snorkeling

It was an exciting day for my 5-year-old as this was his first time snorkeling. And what better place to try than at Hanauma Bay, Oahu where the water is fairly warm and the underwater viewing rewards are many. He was so excited about seeing lots of colorful tropical fish up close in their environment.

Boy snorkeling Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

My other son (2.5-years-old) being a little too young to snorkel didn’t keep him from enjoying his day at the beach!

Toddler playing on beach at Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Surf’s up!

Here’s a shot of a surfer contemplating his plan of attack on the waves on Sandy Beach. That’s Koko Crater in the background. The sun is setting conveniently behind the surfer.

Koko Crater is a cinder cone, with its peak, Kohelepelepe (or Puʻu Mai), rising to 1208 ft or 368 m.

male sufer with Koko Crater in background on Sandy Beach

Aqua Man

Sometimes I like to mix things up and go with a slow shutter speed to create a more painterly look for sports photography. For this shot, I went with 1/6th shutter speed and panned meaning I moved my camera sideways to “follow” the swimmer from left to right. That’s how I got the water to blur (painterly) and the subject (swimmer) is mostly in focus so that you can still tell it’s a man swimming.

man swimming in pool in Hawaii