On our trip to Kauaii, I told myself I was going to bring my camera along & make lots of good documentary pictures. I brought it along on day one & that was about it…oops. I excuse myself by saying sea, salt, sand & DSLR don’t get along great. At least I made some photos of our trail ride at Silver Falls Ranch, which was especially worthwhile because it was Hawaii like you’d never expect. Cowboys, horses, roosters & a watering hole…not exactly your average Kauaii excursion.
These photos are some of my favorite moments photos in the bunch. In photo 28, I really like the line created by the repetition of the trees along either side of the trail; I feel like it leads my eye to the subjects. I love that our guide is visible, his horse’s tail is flicking & his head & hat are in a pretty clean space. If I hadn’t been taking this photo from atop a horse, I may have been able to move ever so slightly right to make that change & also keep the 2 horses from merging. I also wouldn’t have cut off the back horse’s hind hoofs. Ugh, is that ever a forehead slapping moment!
This one would have been fun with a bit more of a moment…maybe someone cannonballing in, ahem men. This water was FREEZING, though, & there were rocks (as you can see by the sign) so no jumping occurred. I love having the layer of the sign in this one & this definitely the most readable moment that occurred before we girls got in the water too.
I love the texture of this photo & the juxtaposition of the clean, bright tennis shoes with the old, worn cowboy’s boots. It is very much a narrative on our group that day. And the rooster is just fun…his name is Neil Diamond & he is 100% a pet of the ranch…he likes to be held & petted. I only wish I had rotated the camera a bit so the boots were in the top right corner & Neil was in the bottom right. And that Neil had done some wing-flapping or some such while I stood here. I waited & waited & eventually the cowboy walked away, so this was as good as it got.