It's difficult for me to capture beautiful images while trying to balance family and photography on vacation. I love experiencing a new place and I try to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the locations I visit. It is rewarding to create a photograph which makes someone feel like the are experiencing first hand the beauty of what I try and capture. Finding good light is the most challenging part of creating amazing landscape photographs on vacation. Landscape photography is all about good light and adverse weather conditions is not always a bad thing. On vacation you don't have control over what Mother Nature hands out, you just have to try and make the best of it. The easiest time of day for me to capture good light is early in the morning, leaving sunset to spend time with family.
I don't always bring a large DSLR around with me, but having a camera is a must. I love using my Fuji for the times I'm out to lunch with family or going for a walk. I hardly notice the weight or bulk and having one with you is a good start to capturing a spontaneous moment. I spotted this lizard as it was camouflaged against the leaf of this plant. I was lucky it stayed long enough for me to capture this image.
Hanalei Bay, seen above, is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. Thanks to a local guide and his knowledge of the island I was able to capture this incredible view. This panoramic image of Hanalei Bay is made up of four photographs processed with Lightroom and Photoshop.