When Detroit photographer Emmett Quaine planned his family's trip to the Indonesian province of Bali, it was primarily to visit his brother-in-law and not to be a dedicated photo trip. "I figured there would be some great opportunities, though, in such a beautiful tropical setting," says Emmett. "Although I spent a lot of time trying to decide what photo gear to take, my Singh-Ray Filters were at the top of every list I made.
"While we were in Bali, there was a lot of entertainment activity going on. Surf company Rip Curl was there hosting the Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang Beach; as excited as my kids were to surf, I was looking for something else. We did end up at Padang Padang for a day of surfing; the beach was pretty crowded for shooting landscapes. Earlier in the day I had located a spot to take some sunset photos. I found a great place that was framed in by rugged rocks. My brother-in-law and I got into positon early and were patiently waiting for the sun to make its way below the horizon. However, we ran into a problem with the rising tide. To get where we were during the lower tides the water was already waist deep. It was decided that it was time to get what I could and search for a safe way out.
"On several occasions I used my Vari-N-Duo, which has become a staple item in my bag. As mentioned before this was a family trip, not a landscape trip, meaning my shooting times were not always the best. The Vari-N-Duo can definitely help cope with these time-of-day challenges. There's so much in this image: the barreling wave ready to crash on the rugged rock that lines the shore, the rushing water that’s sucked back out to sea, the vibrant colors of the sun-lit waves, the sand, vegetation on the rocks, the mini falls created as the water races back out to sea. The Vari-N-Duo made this shot possible. I could see the shot, knew where I needed to be with my shutter speed, and knew that the combinaton of neutral density and warming polarizer would work perfectly. This image was shot at Dreamland Beach, with a D800, 24-70, at f/14, 1/4 sec, ISO 200.
Since retiring from a career in law enforcement six months ago, Emmett has been busy establishing his commercial photography business. In addition to landscape and portrait images, he's intent on traveling to explore potential workshop destinations. To follow his activities and future portfolio development, visit his new website.
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