Shot hand-held with Nikon D810 and Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 320, 1/400s at f/5.6.
We were overheated, over tired, and generally over being in the car. After the morning’s road trip from Kona to Volcanoes National Park and an afternoon of hiking, we just wanted to be back at the beach house in Kona. Nobody really wanted to go play on the beach, but Jim and Veronica humored me. We pulled in to the parking lot of Punalu’u Beach and opened the doors to the soothing sound of surf, crashing against the rocks. Grabbing my camera, I gave in to the waves’ siren song and made my way down to the water. This is the sight that greeted me. I should have put my camera on a tripod, but it was heavy and the rocks were slippery. The end result is the image isn’t tack sharp, but it still speaks to my heart, reminding me of the sound of crashing waves, the feel of the late afternoon sun on my face, and the soul-deep peace I feel every time I stand before the ocean.