Maui, Hawaii The bamboo forest drew me in like a magnet. Walking through the forest paths was a totally Zen experience and I wanted to capture this feeling through my lens. I needed soft light for my delicate exposure - and total calm. My hike started out at first light — I knew finding the perfect section of the mile-long path would be challenging. There is never enough time in the day to get everything perfect — as composition is always critical. As the sun rose high, winds chimed throughout the forest. Although this sounded amazing, it created drama for shooting as I needed the forest to be perfectly still. I reached the falls at the end of the trail, but doubled back to a section with a primitive stone path. I needed depth for this shot to draw you into the forest and enjoy the serenity as much as I did. This was the spot — all I had to do was wait. Three hours later my patience paid off — the trade winds calmed down — all I needed was half a second of magic.