As one of the most remote and mysterious places on the planet, Easter Island has always been on my radar for places to photograph. I had the opportunity to travel here last July and spent a week studying and capturing the Moai at all hours of the day, and night.
Rano Raraku in Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is a hot bed for Moai sightings, as there are literally hundreds of them scattered about the hillside in various stages of both construction and burial. Rano Raraku is an extinct volcano where the Moai are quarried, carved and dispersed throughout the island. The Moai featured here embedded in the hillside are said to have been in transport before the Moai culture was abanondoned. Centuries of erosion from the peak of the volcano has buried 20 to sometimes 40 feet of these statues into the ground. Excavations have revealed that these Monoliths are even more massive than they seem.
As a professional photographer I have picked up a few tricks on how to capture movement in a still photograph. Utilizing a 10 stop neutral density filter I was able to slow down time to a 90 second exposure in the middle of the day to give the effect of moving clouds.