NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HAWAII
We used to make runs up to the North Shore whenever we used to have time. Sometimes we would arrive late or the swells from earlier in the day would have died down. On this occasion, nothing was happening, so we wandered down to the 30-foot Rock, so-called by the locals because of its height. When timed correctly, the water is plenty deep for a safe landing. (Watch out for the low tide!) I thought these kids would make a good silhouette as the sunlight was fading, and their body language described pretty well what was going on. My friend with me described this bottom photo later on as a “tweaked out melon grab.” Admittedly, the jumper may not have been the most graceful or picturesque subject, but perhaps that is what gives it a lot of local flavor. The exposure on this image (and most silhouettes) is terribly simple. Point and shoot. Don’t worry about overexposing. If you shoot in an evaluative metering system, with no exposure compensation, your meter in the camera will read the light in the sunset and automatically darken the foreground subjects. No problem. Now if you wanted to lighten up the kids, you would need to overexposure the frame, either by increasing the exposure compensation (+/- button) or manually increasing the size of the aperture or lengthening the shutter speed.