Day 26: Kaimaumau

by Ivan Steenkamp January. 27, 2017 756 views

We have lived in New Zealand for over seven years, but we have not been to half of the beaches near us! Today we were invited to go to Kaimaumau, a beautiful white sand beach, for the afternoon. We were there for several hours enjoying the quite and listening to the gentle waves lapping against the shore.

My brothers really liked to play with the red seaweed, throwing it at each other and at me! 

A white sand beach with calm, clear water and red seaweed floating in the water.

The pattern on the ocean floor felt like small steps in a vast staircase!

For this photo I used my polarising filter to get rid of the reflections on the water. I also stopped down my aperture from f/3.5 to f/5 to get more sharpness and depth of field in the image. Of course I also used as wide a focal length as possible, 18mm.

I did lots of editing to get the water to look as I saw it myself. I used Color Efex Pro and Viveza for that. After that, I used some of Photoshop's tools as I saw fit. Lastly, I used Sharpener Pro to extract maximum detail.

Here is the original: 

Unedited version of the previous image, looks a bit duller.

Editing can make or break the final image!


I am entering these two photos into the weekly theme as well!

A young man with blond hair lying on the beach resting his elbows into the white sand, with trees in the background. the sun is shining on him

A quick self portrait

A portrait of a boy with brown hair. white sand dunes are behind him.

My brother posing for the weekly theme. I like how the sun illuminates the side of his face!


Orange seaweed being tossed around in the ocean water

I love the detail and texture in these seaweed!

two kids playing on the beach

I kneelled down on the sand to get a more interesting perspective

After the sun started to go down it got pretty cold, so we headed home...

Bunny tail grass silhouetted against the sun

There were many patches of Bunny Tail grass on the dunes

I shot the photos on my D5300 and and used my 50mm and 18-105mm.

I used a mix of Photoshop, Viveza, Color Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro to edit the photos.

Which photo was your favourite?


Go out and find those places that you have not been to or photographed. I think most of the time it will be worth it!

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Lexxy Benevides 4 years, 2 months ago

I LOVED the one where you put the view in the sand. I would be so worried about my camera getting wet! But it turned out lovely!!

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Lexxy Benevides 4 years, 2 months ago

Yes, that is one of my favourites too! I was glad the sand was wet so that it did not get blown into my camera. From personal experience, I have found that if I go low to the ground I can create a lot more interest in my photos. It does not work every time, though. My best advice would be to keep on experimenting! Cheers :)

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