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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 27 Winner

The winner of Week 27 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Kammeran Keola (@kammerankeola). The perfect combination of wind, water, sun and sand can show the true force and beauty of the ocean. Kammeran has won $150 and is getting his winning image printed on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
Oahu, Hawaii

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7 III
Lens: Sony 70-200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
When it comes to shooting the ocean there is so much preparation that a lot of people don’t realize. First I read the reports and charts. I’m looking for swell direction, wave height, swell period, wind and tide to determine the best window. I’ll get to the beach early to get the best lighting, watch the waves for about 20 minutes, and then make my way into position in the line up.

How long have you been shooting?
Ive been taking photos of the ocean for 7 years now and I can’t imagine where my life would be if I didn’t pick up a camera.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
My subject of choice is the ocean. I love being able to tie together my love for people and the ocean to create something uniquely beautiful. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge when it came to capturing the raw power and beauty of the ocean.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
I’d love to make my way over to Tahiti or Australia to capture much bigger waves and to explore the underwater community there.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
A few photographers who inspire me are: Zak Noyle, Corey Wilson, Warren Keelan and Brent Bielmann.

What excites you about photography?
The surprise factor always keeps me excited and motivated to get out, take a risk, and continue photographing the unpredictable Mother Nature. When it comes to photography I have always found myself falling in love with both the moments leading up to capturing a photo, and the actual photo itself.