Unforgettable trip to Kauai (12 pictures)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by maritan, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Questions (technical and otherwise), comments and critiques very welcome.

    My wife and I after being married for almost two years finally found the time and funds to go to Kauai on our honeymoon. We stayed on this fantastic island for almost 8 days and enjoyed every minute of it. There's something for everyone. Road trips? Check. Laze around on the beach? Check. Surf? Hike? Walk? Check, check and check.

    This is a great place to recharge and refresh your perspective on life. It helped me teach myself to slow down a touch and enjoy the simpler things in life.

    While doing all this, in the back of our head, we knew we'd have to get back to the reality of the rat race and we did our best to capture the magic and grandeur of the various scenes we were lucky to witness. Here's a small sampling from each day that will hopefully give you the feeling that you were there with us witnessing the majesty of this island.

    All pictures clickable for full size. All pictures taken with E-M1. O60mm used on lizard pictures, 12-40 pro for everything else.

    April 30:
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    From under the Waimea Pier



    May 1:
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    Waimea Canyon Waterfall


    May 2:
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    Nuclear sunrise


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    Kilauea Lighthouse


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    Sunset looking away from Kilauea Lighthouse


    May 3:
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    Hanalei Princeville Taro Fields Lookout


    May 4:
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    Chopper Ride-7: Eye in the Sky looking at the Napali Coast


    18756359080_658345669a_b. Chopper Ride-8: Closer look at those magnificent ridges

    May 5:
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    Brown Lizard


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    Green lizard shedding skin


    May 6:
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    Limahuli-2


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    Ke'e Beach Sunset V2


    May 7: No picture to add to this post.

    Full album (36 pictures) on Flickr if anyone is so inclined: https://flic.kr/s/aHskeuJJfF
     
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  2. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Great set of photos and obviously must have been a great honeymoon!
     
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  3. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Evan
    Excellent set. I love the under the pier shot as well as the lizard shots.
     
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  4. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Clint
    Print them (large) and hang them!
     
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  5. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
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    Walter
    Gorgeous shots. The Waimea Pier and Na Pali shots especially. Unfortunately, the lizards are non-native alien species. We have a lot of non-native introductions, including many of us. Just glad to be here. :)
     
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  6. popiT

    popiT Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yang
    Spectacular views! Love the Napali & the ridges shots. Wished had done the chopper ride when I was there in 2002. Very well captured and thank you for sharing.
     
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  7. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    So, Walter, we took a boat ride out to Ni'ihau that was organized by Holoholo charters. My wife and I enjoyed what we could in between our bouts of mild to severe seasickness.

    Thanks for all the feedback folks. Much appreciated. It's good to now that my capturing and processing from RAW to finished product resonates with you fine folks.
     
  8. sootyvrs

    sootyvrs Mu-43 Regular

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    David
    Lovely images... really like the way you've post processed the shots
     
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  9. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Clearly my favorite island, and you did a great job capturing its beauty.

    Stefan
     
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  10. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Beautiful colours, especially love the greens and blues of the Taro fields and Napali.
     
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  11. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    I've never been to Hawaii nor have I ever had an urge to go in the past. These images have changed my mind.
     
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  12. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    @tyrphoto@tyrphoto - I'm glad I changed your mind. Kauai is absolutely wonderful. The people are very friendly and the place is just gorgeous. Whatever you want to do (outside a big city experience), you can probably do on this island.

    Thanks to all that have responded with your comments so far. Truly appreciated.
     
  13. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Sorry about the seasickness. The channel between Kaua'i and Ni'ihau can be quite rough. Any of the inter island channels are. Hope you enjoyed the views when you got there! :)
    Hope you make it some day, tyrphoto. There are many beautiful things to see and photograph. :)
     
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  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Boston, MA (USA)
    Incredible photos, Ash! My wife and I have been talking for years about going to Hawaii. We're tentatively planning for next summer. Can't wait!
     
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  15. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Don't be tentative. Make it happen. You will not regret it. :)
     
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  16. plaatje

    plaatje Mu-43 Regular

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    Nice, colorful photo's. Like someone said before, print them big and hang them on your walls. Must be great to look at . . .
     
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  17. pasisti

    pasisti Mu-43 Regular

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    Beautiful work indeed! I looked over the album, very nice!

    What was it like to handle a camera in the helicopter? Was this your first time? I've been thinking of going on a hot air balloon trip and I'm basically terrified that the camera would slip etc! I mean, it has never slipped out of my hand before but still..

    Could I ask about your PP? To me, all your pictures look naturally colorful! In other words, to my eyes they have just the perfect amount of 'pop' without making them seem unnatural or over-edited. And also, how did you get the thunder captured? When it's thundering here, the strikes are so long apart that I haven't even tried to capture them because I feel like I should just be shooting on burst for 5 minutes to get anything..
     
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  18. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Thank you very much.

    I too was concerned about the camera slipping from my hands and falling off into the never-never. Especially since we went on a ride in a windowless helicopter. What I did was put a long-ish strap on the camera which I put around my neck. I also made sure I never stuck the camera out of the helicopter. This particular model was zipping around at upwards of 160kph and had no windows. So if you stuck something out of the opening, you were at a high risk of having it snatched right out of your hand.

    Thank you again for the compliment. Is there a specific question regarding the post processing? I used Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS5. What you see is an amalgamation of various different techniques that I've learnt over my short photography career. I chose bits and pieces from various different people's tutorials/ quick tip videos, reading blogs/ websites.

    If you have a specific question, please do ask - either here or via PM.

    And, it helps if your significant other is willing to critique your choices in an unbiased fashion. Sometimes, you go down a certain path and lose track of your specific aesthetic. My wife's feedback made me restart editing on more than one picture, and I thanked her for that even though it was a lot of work down the drain.

    The lightning picture that you're talking about was taken in Munich. And that picture had some good conditions going. There were lightning strikes every 30 seconds or so probably - quite frequent. I used the Live Composite feature available on Olympus cameras. Once I figured out a base exposure that would work for lightning strikes (so they wouldn't blow out), I compiled multiple 2-3 minute shots. If you don't have Live Composite, you have to run your camera continuously with 4 second exposures (as an example since I recall using that for the conditions in Munich) till you feel you've captured enough strikes to combine in PP.
     
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  19. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

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    Chris
    "Vacay in Kuai, just you n' I" - this look like a fantastic place!
     
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  20. Hazza

    Hazza Just Clicking

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    Harry
    Fantastic pictures and worth the wait I would say. Glad you had a great time.
     
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