snap: Todd Korol goes on vacation. And gets to work

May 10, 2011

Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, April 2, 2011. Photograph by Todd Korol. All rights reserved by the photographer.

I’m not much of a camera nerd. I subscribe to the theory that if the photo wants to be taken, I will accidentally select the correct camera settings. Helps to have modest expectations and a good resident photo editor.

That’s not how things work for Todd Korol, a photographer whose assignments for Reuters, Time, Sports Illustrated and New York Times et al have taken him to Scotland, London, Paris, Africa, the Middle East, Japan and all over Canada and the Americas.

Even on vacation, Todd and his fine eye are working. He took the above shot while holidaying in Hawaii. This “was shot at the base of the 4,200-meter-high summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, which houses the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy.”

With many thanks to Todd for sharing. You can view more of Todd’s work at his website, toddkorol.com.

The details

The tools: Nikon D7000, 14 mm lens

ISO: 1250

F-stop: 2.8

Shutter speed: 20 seconds

Special effect: Todd says, “The palm trees were light-painted* by my son shining a little Mag flashlight on them.”

* 11th ave.’s resident photo editor reports that light-painting, in this case, means painting the tree with strokes of the flashlight’s beam during the 20-second exposure.

Denise Duguay


One comment

  1. Cool!

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