Waimea Winter

Vera Pound, a Mike’s Camera Sacramento customer, shared some her favorite shots from a recent trip to Hawaii with us. We think they are spectacular and wanted to share them with you all!

“Reef Crasher”

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Winter storm waves on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii are best known for producing giant 25′ plus waves for some very courageous big wave surfers. Perhaps what is not as well known is those same waves can crash against the shore making a beach walk very dangerous. This photo was taken on one of those stormy days just north of Waimea Bay at a place called Shark’s Cove.  The cove is surrounded by a coral reef. When these booming waves hit that reef, they shoot 30′ or more into the air. I caught this wave after enjoying the spectacle for an hour or so.

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm zoom at 90mm. ISO 320  1/1500 sec  at F11, exposed at one stop over to bring out the white in the spray. Shot handheld.

“Shore Break Wave”


The winter shore break at Waimea Bay can get quite dramatic. Big Wave surfers who want to go out where the bigger waves break have to time their entrance into the bay between these shore break waves. I was observing these waves come in to the shore from the cliffs on the north side of the bay.  I kept seeing these beautiful curls and took several shots before getting this one.

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm zoom fully extended at 300mm. ISO 320 F 11 1/350 sec with exposure compensation 1 stop over. Shot handheld.


“Turquoise Tube, Waimea Bay”


I had moved from the north end cliffs above Waimea Bay to the sand facing the bay.  The lifeguards had put caution tape along the sand to prevent people from being caught unaware and getting washed away.  I was standing well back of this line.  I took several shots of waves coming into the shore, but this thicker wave was my favorite of the bunch.

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm zoom at 250mm. ISO 320 1/100 sec. F11 with exposure compensation 1 stop over. Shot handheld.


“Classic Hawaiian Sunset”

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The house we were staying at was right on the beach and I had a short walk down the sand to get this shot.  The surfer carrying his board in was a bonus.

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm zoom at 125mm.  ISO 640  1/350 sec  F 5.6

Vera has been doing photography for many years and has amassed a large and beautiful collection. Take a look at her website for more!

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