Category Archives: Panorama

Stitched panorama photos and techniques.

Olomana Trail.

Beginning the Olomana ascent.“K” wanted to hike Olomana while here on vacation. None of us had been there yet. It was tougher than we expected but all of us made it to the first peak and back, without serious injury. Very good times! :-D

In hindsight it might have been better to start our hike earlier. We got to the trailhead just after 09:00. Many were already there and more than a few passed us on their way back down. Aside from Diamond Head Crater and maybe Makapuu Lighthouse, this was the busiest hike i have been on so far. We had to wait in line at the technical parts of the hike. “Feels like we’re at Disneyland or something…”, was the common sentiment.

Patience and courtesy are just as valuable as water and good shoes.

We took our time and got to the summit of the first peak at 11:30 (2.5H). We stopped there for a bit and enjoyed a snack before heading back down. But there are three peaks in all. From what i could see: second peak is relatively easy to get to and is at a lower elevation than first and third. Its actually lower elevation than first peak but third peak looks nuts! (And it is!!) Its a very steep rock climb all the way to it’s summit. Getting up there is one thing; getting back down is another… Continue reading

West side to Kaena.

Rocky beach on the way to Kaena Pt.

Happy 2012! Good grief: its been over a year since i last wrote in my blog! (Lots to catch up on and improve.) During the holiday we took a short hike to Kaena Point. We started from the West side this time. Very different scenery compared to the Mokuleia route but no less beautiful. The shoreline is much more rocky and dramatic (if that is the right word). I wanted to travel light so i left the photo gear at home and only carried my Galaxy Note. It is simply amazing to see what this thing can do in the field! I whole heartedly believe that the “death of the P&S camera” is well under way. The following panorama photos were also captured using the Galaxy Note. Its definitely not the best panorama capture tool i have used but i am impressed, considering its my “phone”!

Another rocky beach and The Arch.

I had no idea that we had these natural arches on Oahu. We used to fish on the West side a lot but i never took the time to survey the shoreline. Shame on me.

From the dunes: the big tide pools at Kaena Point.

There were a lot of people out there. There were two Hawaiian Monk Seals in the middle of the tide pools as well. Thankfully everyone paid their respect and kept their distance. I’m sorry you can’t see them in my photos here: no telephoto lens on me. ;-)

More tide pools, looking North East.

Such an awesome place: I can’t wait to go back again!

Ala Wai Moonrise.

Moon rising over Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.

We were out on Wednesday night for a quickie shoot. My original plan was to explore the yacht harbor and moorings but my timing was off. I was a little late. This area is probably one of the most overly photo’d on the island of Oahu. BUT, it was still a beautiful sunset and moonrise – I never get tired of those. ;)

This image was made by doing a “vert-o-rama” with a Nikkor 28mm Perspective Control lens: my most favorite lens for serious landscape shooting.

Lunar Eclipse…sort of.

So on the night of the lunar eclipse I decided to compose my shot from Waialae Beach Park. I thought Maunalua Bay in the foreground and the eclipsed moon rising (over Koko Head) in the background would have made a rather picturesque composition. Decent idea in theory but in practice, Mother Nature bested me. (She will every time.) Below is the best image of the lunar eclipse that I managed to capture.

Cloud bank obscured moon rise.

As you can see, the bank of clouds, sitting low on the horizon, did most of the “eclipsing”. In hindsight, if I had traveled a little further east; set up my position near Bamboo Ridge, Makapuu, or up on Kamehame Ridge — the lunar eclipse photos might have been more successful. *SIGH* C’est La Vie!

While waiting for: 1) the clouds to clear or 2) the Moon to rise above them, I managed a brief time lapse sequence. Pardon the letter boxing. When I realized the time it would take for the moon to clear the cloud bank, I decided to recomposed the camera for a verticle shot. (Bad for widescreen movies but much better for prints. Deep down, I am still a print maker.) You can see how the cloud bank did the uncanny and followed the Moon’s rising path for practically all of the eclipse. This phenomenon continued well into the night. Only after I had packed in the gear and started driving home (about 8 pm) did the Moon break free of the cloud cover. I could have easily stopped and resumed photographing. But by that time the surrounding sky was way too dark and the full Moon far too bright for the composition that I had envisioned. Next time.

My evening at Waialae Beach was not a total waste though. Wisely, I had arrived on site before the sun was down and captured a couple of nice panoramas while waiting for (the ill fated) moon rise.

Playing fetch at sunset.

Stream runoff at low tide.

No ground breaking photos were captured that night. But I have to admit: simply being there to witness was reward enough. In retrospect it was an incredibly grounding experience. Mother Nature reminded me what was real and important. The sand between my toes, wind in my hair, clean air in my lungs, sun and moon beams on my face…I am fortunate to be where I am. I’ll leave you with that thought and this image. (The last one I captured that night.)

Cloud shrouded Moon rise over Maunalua Bay.