These three are from "The Road to Hana" on the island of Maui. The tourist write-ups say that the drive on the crooked road (estimated 600 curves and 54 one lane bridges) to Hana is the point. My husband might agree. I'm thinking "been there, done that, don't need to do it again". There were many pretty sights along the way, but finding space to park among all the other tourists and tour buses to see them wasn't really much fun.
Here are 3 portrait shots I managed to take. The last two hold the best memories because we were alone in the forest - NOT surrounded by a bunch of other tourists trying to get their vacation shot. (yes I realize I was a tourist too)
#1 One of the many waterfalls along the way. I took several waterfall shots but like the composition on this one best. Most of the others had too much other vegetation around them. I'm not sure I like the shutter speed I chose. The water looks out of focus. In this situation, I didn't want cotton candy but I don't think I got it fast enough. Opinions welcome.
#2 I tried to figure out how to make an interesting picture out of a bamboo forest. I composed this with the plant on the bottom right thinking the light shining on it would draw the eye there first and then you would move up the bamboo stalks to the lighter area at the top. I do like the lighting here. This was shot in portrait orientation but I cropped it at 9x16 to enhance the length. Does it work?
#3 I think busy forests are hard to photograph but I liked the look of these 3 large trees and looked for an angle that exploited them best. I'm wondering if what I ended up with worked.