Black Sand

Hahnemühle Baryta Gloss Fine Art Paper

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30 Limited Edition

Big Island, Hawai'i, USA.

The Punalu'u Black Sand beach is a unique and beautiful place in the south of the Hawai'i Big Island. The black sand is formed when volcanic lava flows into the ocean and it disintegrates when it gets in contact with the cold water: A beach of black sand is thus formed: unfortunately it lasts only a fleeting moment in geological terms, since the black sand is quickly washed away after few decades. This beach is surrounded by beautiful palm trees, giving a wonderful tropical feel. The sunset sky played along by being moody and menacing, which contrasts nicely with the calm water. Turtles are often companions of the photographer wandering around here, but that day they might have been too lazy to approach. Or too shy.

Like Black Ocean, this image is also a study of leading lines: the rocks in front gave a great lead pointing straight to the clouds, where I eventually want the viewer to rest. I focused roughly where the stones meet the water and closed to f/13 to get as much sharpness as possible on the foreground black rocks and the black sand: the rest of the scene in the distance is smoothen out by the long exposure and didn't need a second exposure to stack focus. A 0.9 graduated filter kept the sky in check. I slightly dodged the foreground rocks and burnt the top of the sky to lead the viewer inside the frame. The feelings the image tries to carry across are contrasting again: calm walking towards the storm. 

"All my images are created by me: Fine Art prints represent the goal of my art and craft. Each print is a labor of love and a work of art that will beautify and energize virtually any space in your home. I take extreme pride in preparing each print personally.

There is a huge difference in viewing photographs on a computer display versus seeing fine art prints in person; only the prints show the light, depth, texture, and delicate nuances of my images and the materials on which they are printed."
Your Limited Edition print is signed and numbered. Cotton gloves will be included to handle your print, along with the Certificate of Authenticity with serialized number hologram.

When properly handled, your print is guaranteed to last a lifetime and more.
The print is delivered matted and ready to frame or already framed with a beautiful Museum Quality custom frame assembled by Francesco.
The Limited Edition is designed to complete your walls: imagine a beautifully hand framed piece, with its time-less look, hanging on one of your best walls.
Imagine the pride it will bring to you when you are showing your home to your guests.