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Kappa, Hawaii – Island of Kauai Hot Spot Location

This was a pretty incredible sunrise on the beach of Lydgate State Park on the east side of the Island.

DIRECTIONS:  You get there by going down Leho Drive off of Kuhio Highway (route 56) the main road on the eastern most side of the island in the center of the island. It’s behind the Aston Beach Hotel. You can go through their parking lot too.

There are several homeless people who live at this park. Every morning you see groups of people at the tables eating. I have to wonder if some organization comes in with food in the morning. The morning we took this picture a younger homeless man spoke to us of Jesus and how he helped him and helps everyone.   At one point he said, “Ask Jesus and he will deliver.” Not making fun in any way but in frustration, Pam responded, “Can we ask Jesus to get that girl to move out of my picture?”  His response was spot on when he said, “It seems Jesus wants her in the picture.” Pam smiled and decided he was absolutely right. Instead of fighting Jesus as he called it and the universe as Pam calls it, She rolled with it and accepted that that was exactly how it was supposed to be.  A clear message that we don’t always have control over everything we shoot.

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Photography Information

Lens: Generally this area is a wide angle lens location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release, wide angle and zoom lens.

When to Go: December through March is the rainy season, but most of Kauai’s frequent showers hit the northeast side of the island.  If you travel west or south, you can avoid the rain, but this spot and our other two favorite island spots are in this rainy area.  Winter months also bring the rough sea waters they told us. We only found three perfect photography spots on the whole island. The south side was all desert. Some cried the day we spent traveling to Waimea Canyon on the south side where there was nothing but one tourist view at the top. It was pretty bad. We went there in desperation to find good photography location knowing it would bomb out before we left but did it anyway. We would not go to this island for photography in the rainy season.  We were extremely upset to be stuck here for a week.

Camera Settings: 

To do your long exposure running, milky water shots you will have to pull out the tripod.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in Manual Mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100. Aperture is always f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also avoid camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 2-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. I have a 3.0 for super long exposure in sunshine – I can go as long as 30 seconds. I have an ND 1.2 and an ND8 for shorter exposures.

Shutter Priority Mode is used when our main priority is getting the right shutter speed. Shutter speed controls how fast the shutter opens and closes and is responsible for stopping action and getting crystal clear images when our subjects are moving. To read the basics of shutter priority Go to the Shutter Speed Page.

Shutter speed is used to get the milky water look on moving waters but the best way to do it is to also control your aperture and your shutter which is done in Manual mode. You can read about How to Shoot Waterfall Photography here.

During the day you would also need a neutral density filter when trying to blur the moving waters. Go to the Neutral Density Filter page and read about how to use them.

Aperture Priority Mode is used when our main priority is controlling the depth of field. It is often used for macro or close-up photography on things such as flowers so we can blur the background. It is used in school class photos when we focus on the first row and we want the 3rd row to also be in focus.  If you are not familiar with shooting in aperture priority you can read our Aperture Priority Page here.

Shooting in manual mode is a little more difficult. You will have to adjust your shutter speed and your aperture instead of only setting one and letting the camera do the other. It is used for waterfall photography, night photography, portrait photography and a few other things.

You can read more details about waterfall photography here. You can read about night photography here. They both explain the basics of shooting in manual mode.

Shooting night sky photography is actually very simple. It may appear to be complicated at first glance but if you read our section on Dark Sky Photography you can see how it is not as overwhelming as you would think.

There is also some good information that will be useful on our Dark Sky Photography Information page.

Find a workshop near you. Go to our Photography Workshops page and see if there is something for you. 

Shooting waterfall and milky waters photography require a tripod and some knowledge in shooting in manual mode. We have simplified it for you and you can read all about blurring waters here on our Waterfall Photography page.  You may need a neutral density filter for daytime waterfall photography and you can visit our page on Neutral Density Filters here.

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We highly suggest buying Promaster Circular Polarizing Filters and Neutral Density Filters. It’s what we use on all of our images here in the magazine.  The link to purchase is under construction. We also like Tiffen Filters as seen below.

Buy a 62mm Tiffen 1.2 ND filter

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Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: Free open park. No fees

Photography Magazine Extra Pam Goodyer

Hotel Information:

Aston Aloha Beach Hotel – 3-5920 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, HI 96746  •  Reservations: 1-855-410-5694

We stayed here. Great bang for the buck. Best price on the island. Please pet the black kitty cat that lives there for me if you stay here. I him in my room. I traveled alone this trip and got lonely.

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Bobby V’s Italian Restaurant

4-788 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746  -(808) 821-8080
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