Had some free time last week to get out and head up to Koke’e State Park and Waimea Canyon for some exploring. I absolutely love it up there in the mountains. The air is cooler and it’s like one is transported to a completely different place. Plus it’s absolutely gorgeous! Camping out the night before I was able to get a casual start to the day as it was more of a scouting mission to see some new trails. The Cliff trail…the goal. After taking a slight 😉 detour we made our way to the overlook and then beyond. Waimea Canyon always blows my mind. I sat out on the point for a while. Just enjoying the cool air and warm sun. Snapping some images as the light dappled across the scene. Now to return with some sunrise/sunset light 😉
Unreleased & Untitled 😛
While spending a (wet) weekend on Oahu for an ultimate frisbee tournament in Waimanalo I of course had my camera in tow. Heading back over the pali (cliffs) to townside (Honolulu) I noticed that the persistant rain had started to ease a bit. Knownig there was a pretty cool overlook I decided to make a slight detour and check out the view from above. Rain jacket on the spritzing wasnt too bad however the pali was still fairly socked in. Then I noticed a trail down the edge of the cliff…remnants of the old highway. So off I went. Over the next hour or so the storm started to break and this beam of light came flying through the gap in the mountains. First it illuminated the greenery in front of me. Then later on, as the sky opened, the focus turned to Kaneohe below me. I set up to capture this awesome view and was super thankful I made that decision to pull over. Then again…we should make that decision more often 🙂
For as much as I am in Poipu at the aFeinberg Gallery down there I have oddly enough not photographed Shipwreck’s Beach much. Admittedly crazy. It’s a sweet little stretch of beach just past the Grand Hyatt with some pretty photogenic rock. In the winter(ish) months, when the sun is far south this rock face holds the light until the very end of sunset. Happening to be down in Poipu this afternoon I left the Gallery and immediately went in to hurry-up mode. Friend and I hurried down to the beach where I was still in my pants and shirt and began to shoot. Next thing I know I’m sacrificing my clothing to the waves as I needed to get close enough to get the shot I was after. As the light changed I was super stoked to see the trees and rock light up as I expected…of course the clouds were the added bonus!
Making my way back to upstate NY at the end of September was a long time coming. Having grown up spending a lot of time up in Adirondacks and Lake Placid region it had been almost 10 years since I was last up there. And how good it was to return. The cause for the trip was a close friend’s wedding which I extended in to a fall foliage photography extravaganza. Last year I was able to capture the Eastern Sierra of California but the Northeast is a icon of which to view fall color from. Of course coming from Hawaii to upstate NY there is quite a change of climate…especially in late September. Packing my bag I had the usuals, long pants, gloves, multiple jackets, long underwear…and as expected all were needed.
On this particular day the plan was to catch some of the early morning fog that was occurring each day before the sun had a chance to warm up the air and ‘burn off’ the low clouds. This section of the Ausable is a winding treasure hunt. Wanting a certain flow of color and water I came across this section in the twilight. Bundled up I was ready to wait for the long haul. Poking around I found a couple of different options and then to sit and wait…and wait…and wait. 2 hours pass by. But then almost right on queue the fog began to break and the mountainside in the distance was revealed as the light illuminated the fog above the river. Admittedly the cold doesn’t feel as bad after being able to capture an image like this. 🙂