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Let ‘Er Blow – Water Droplets

This post is for #Sunday Stills hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt.

After reading Suzanne’s post about putting your best “foto” forward, I spent a little more time on these photos than I usually do.

I took these blow hole pictures in Maui, HI. They erupted about every few minutes, each one a little different shape than the last one. We stood at the top of the cliff mesmerized by the shooting droplets. These forceful eruptions will suck in adventurous people who get too close.

I took these photos in Camera Raw, which at the time was a new term for me. I altered the temperature and clarity before I saved it and cropped it so that the blow hole was more in focus. I would have liked it a little sharper, but even using photoshop, this was as clear as I could get it.

I cropped this photo but did not change the color (temperature) of it very much in camera raw. It was too blue for me, so I adjusted the saturation level as a layer in photoshop. Water droplets are abundant in both the waves and the blow hole.

This might be my favorite of the three. I liked the shape. I warmed up the temperature (color) slightly, but did not crop the this picture.

From November through February whales come to Maui to enjoy the 75-degree water and raise their young in the safe warm environment. Humans like us come to see them blow their spouts.

Boats were restricted from coming too close to the whales, but they circled around if they found an active mom. The boat we were on had equipment so that we could hear the whales talking to each other. I cropped this picture so you could see more whale and less ocean.

I hope you enjoyed this short Maui Water Droplet Collection. Have a great week next week. Be sure and stop by Carrot Ranch on Oct. 1 if you like flash fiction. Rodeo Flash Fiction Contest Month is October.

Check out the other Sunday Stills and/or contribute your own.

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  1. Marsha, these are very pretty and probably the best clarity you could have achieved without a tripod. I’m assuming they are hand-held. Shooting in RAW opens up so many possibilities. I like what you did with all three, but my favorite is the uncropped one. Thank you for linking back to my post. I hope your readers will find it useful.

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    • Thank you Debbie. I was unhappy that the droplets weren’t clearer, but two things might have happened. 1. I was very far away – no danger of falling or getting sucked in. 2. I may not have know how to use auto focus yet and I don’t see well with my left eye. (That’s my picture eye and my eye for reading, not distance.) I didn’t plan my lasik surgery very well!

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