The waves visited for a few days – Part 3: the long videos

As promised, the rest of the wave videos, the longer ones. 

Please note: I suggest starting the videos below with the volume set on low. Waves and wind are pretty loud as are the occasional planes flying overhead.

One correction I need to make . . . in THIS post I said I didn’t have photos from my visit to the Magic Sands Beach. Well, that’s not true. I had forgotten to unload the D7000 memory card from that day. Now, since this will be mostly videos — and longer ones, at that — I’ll only post a few teaser photos.  

The rest — including the associated animations I put together — will be in the next waves post. 

These photos will not be added to the SmugMug gallery until they are presented in their own post along with all the other photos. 

You will eventually see them by going to SmugMug to THIS gallery. That gallery has the photos of the previous waves post and will eventually contain all the photos from these posts.

This post is, as I said, about the rest of the videos from Wawaloli Beach Park. The previous post (HERE) has the shorter videos and associated photos. 

A few notes before I post the videos. The beach is along the flight path for planes coming into the Kona Airport so there will be instances where you’ll hear both propeller planes and jets overhead. 

For instance . . . 

The other thing about these videos is that I set the camera up and then either shot other photos or used the phone to record other videos. 

That means that most of these don’t pan. Also, waves — surprisingly — come in waves. So, there are relatively calm moments between groups of waves. Also, in groups of waves, the last one or the penultimate one are the best and more massive. Finally, another reminder to make sure you’re watching in HD for the better experience (including sound).

This next video is 5:11 minutes long and features a number of decent splashes against the rocks. If you are impatient, check out these time marks: 1:10, 1:55-2:13, 3:00-4:13, 4:40.

This next video is about 4 minutes long and again: 0:30-0:45, 1:00-1:35, 1:42-1:52, 2:02-3:05 . . . you know what? It’s 4 minutes. If you like waves, just watch it. 

These next two videos are 1:21 minutes and 1:54 minutes. They are shot perpendicular to the shore with me standing about a foot from the furthest reaches of the waves, although a few times it did look as if they were going to get me. 

The second video has me trying to level the camera as well as catch some big waves. Pretty good splashes toward the end of the video. Standard reminder — remember to switch to HD. 

In this next video, I’m trying to capture the feeling of watching a wave grow right in front of you (again, better in HD).

Here, I’m just capturing splashes, so I’m no longer panning the camera. The kid screams you hear are from kids in the natural pool just to the left of those rocks you see. The waves wash over and create small waves in a pool that is maybe one to two foot deep in places. You’ll see that pool when I finally post the photos from last year at this time. 

This next video is the last one I shot there and while there are three fairly massive waves that break onto the rocks, I was disappointed in the resulting splashes. Still, pretty good. 

I have two more videos . . . this next video is zoomed in on the rocks and while it catches some pretty good splashes, I have it here for two reasons: one, it’s over six minutes long and most people will have already left this post and moved on to something with kittens.

This is for the die-hard fans. The other reason is that while it’s zoomed in on the rocks, you don’t see the approaching waves until they are already breaking. Again, this is in part because it’s difficult to see the screen in bright sunlight and the electronic viewfinder is a poor substitute. I thought I had this framed well, but I was mistaken. But, it does capture some very nice splashes. Note also the people on the rocks behind the waves . . . these are not small waves. 

And finally, this is a six minutes video of the waves in slow motion. I added music because the P900 doesn’t record sound in slow motion. 

A few thoughts about shooting videos. You will note some have good tonal balance and some are washed out and bland. I mentioned it before that I should have set the exposure by hand, but I also need to play a bit more with the video functions in the camera.

Looking at the last two videos, you see the difference in tonal quality between the two. That last video, the slow motion one, has a pretty good exposure and that’s closer to what the scene looked like in person. many of the other videos compensated for the bright surf and/or lava and you end up with movies that lack good contrast and saturation. This is on me, not the camera. I need to do some tests to find the optimal shooting parameters for capturing waves. Luckily, occasionally there are waves that come around these parts.  

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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13 Responses to The waves visited for a few days – Part 3: the long videos

  1. mvschulze says:

    Nice. It reminds me, only your’s are a much larger scale, of climbing down the cliffs on California 1, at Big Sur, and just mesmerized by the waves and wave pools… just sitting, watching for a few precious minutes, while 21, doing the coast to coast trip across the country in my MGB…. Never forget…the Pacific waves! M :-)


  2. macquie says:

    Have read through part 2 and part 3 and many video fascinated me too. I go to beaches for photography, i always stuck on there and can not move away because I am completely adored by waves. I particularly enjoyed video 13. Thank you very much for sharing! :-)


  3. Was that second to the last video one great big selfie?I guess that was you taking pictures on the rocks behind the waves! I watched all the videos to the last with the sound turned off and the TV news on. Then I turned off the TV sound and the computer sound on for the last video which I really enjoyed. I felt like I was watching the end of an epic movie and waiting for the credits to start rolling across the sky!


  4. disperser says:

    Actually, I have a number of videos from last year (which I will share soon) that were shot from near where that guy was, but closer to the big tree.

    As for the sound, I like hearing the big waves hit, but it can be quite noisy.


  5. Two of my favorite sounds in nature are the sound of rain falling and the sound of ocean waves. (I can’t remember…do you have any videos of it raining at the beach/into the ocean?!)

    Your videos capture the beauty and the power of the waves. A reminder to enjoy them, but to respect them, too.

    The last vid was my favorite. The combo of watching the slow-mo waves and listening to the music brought me such peace. The perfect vid tonight, after a busy day.
    Thank you!


  6. Don’t recognize that aircraft, looks a fairly big machine to have just one donk! Do you know what type of aircraft it is? I’d like to read up on it. Love airplanes.


  7. Found it it’s a Cessna 208 Caravan. Should be no problem, the donk is a P&W turboprop with plenty of power. Normal Pax 9 can take up to 13 Pax, Nice aircraft.


  8. disperser says:

    N808MA should tell you all you need to know . . . after you enter the number on this site:

    As it happens, the last job I had involved certifying updates to the plane including the installation of the gondola to carry baggage.

    Here’s the Wikipedia entry on it:


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