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Waimoku Falls

Waimoku Falls sits high above the world famous Seven Sacred Pools just outside of the sleepy little town of Hana, HI. After a spiritual four mile hike though a dense bamboo forest, you arrive at the base of this great water fall which towers 400ft above you. It’s breath taking. This image is only of the lower 10 or so feet.

Have you ever hiked through a bamboo forest? If so, what did it sound like to you? I thought it sounded like someone made a massive wind chime out of materials from Home Depot.

Photographer’s Note: I photographed these falls using a Nikon D700/Nikon 45mm PC-E and 10 stop ND filter to slow the shutter down. The entire rig was mounted on a Really Right Stuff Versa 24 and BH40 ball head. I processed the single RAW file using Lightroom 4.

Winter Book Club – Creativity & Awesome Prizes

The Winter Book Club starts today! The idea to invest in your creativity by reading some really inspirational eBooks and at the same time winning some awesome prizes!

Weekly Prizes: Each Monday for the next 6 weeks I will choose a book for us to read. Sometime that week leave a comment on that post about your favorite part. I will then choose a 5 random winners each week.

  • 1 person will win a Think Tank card organizer!
  • 3 people will win a free eBook!
  • 1 person will win software from Nik Software! (It could be Define 2.0, Color Efex 4, Silver Efex 2, Sharpener Pro, Viveza 2 or HDR Efex)!

Grand Prize!

This is the best part! At then end of the six weeks, I will choose 2 lucky winners that have participated every week. Those winners will receive either a ThinkTank Retrospective 5 or Nik Software’s ‘Complete Collection‘!

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  1. Terrific silky water Justin and, no, I have never hiked in a bamboo forest. I have read Ten and it is a great choice.

  2. Hi Justin, just downloaded Ten. Also, your Snapseed lesson has been great so far. I’m half way thru it. Thanks! Your website and facebook page is becoming my morning read with a good cup of coffee! Keep up the great work!

  3. #1 Get Pickier – tough rule when you enjoy shooting as much as I do. There are days when I’m a dedicated student of this rule, but there are more days when I shoot everything. “Would you hang it on your wall?” is a great standard, buts its not my only reason for grabbing a shot. Really enjoying this ebook. Excellent choice, Justin!

  4. Scott Starks says:

    I like #1 and #10. I take far too many pictures in general so starting to be more selective before pressing the shutter is a good thing. And often times when presented with an amazing vista, one can forget to include a strong element in the foreground.

  5. Awesome shot! I have yet to walk through a bamboo forest. Time to download a book!

  6. Mel rolleri says:

    This is great Justin! Thanks for doing this. Ok, my favorite 2 tips (couldn’t pick just one), are the 2 I feel I need to work on the most… attention to the light, and use the best lens. I will be working on improving these the most in the coming weeks.

  7. Excited about the book club! Ten was a great read. I chose my favorite rule because it made me say “I never thought of that!”. #2 Contrast…but more specifically, the idea of conceptual contrast. Until reading that section, hearing the word “contrast” made me think of the visual definition. Looking forward to putting the conceptual definition to good use!

  8. Just returned from Maui this morning. We didn’t do the road to Hana this trip, but we’re already itching to return. Great shot!

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