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Big Island Hawaii (Lapakahi State Park):

If you drive north out of Kona on Highway 19 through the Ka'Upelehu lava flows, past the beautiful resorts of Waikoloa, and onto Highway 270 through the countryside west of Kohala Mountain you will find the ruins of an ancient fishing village at the Lapakahi State Park. This was my destination TWICE during my trip to the Big Island with the family. The first time to simply check it out and shoot a few pictures, the second was the turn around during a 56 mile cycling excursion from Waikoloa that almost killed me. The wind and hills of this place are second only to the beautiful vistas along the coast. I think you will agree! Make sure you click on the images to view them full screen on your monitor...

Ancient Fishing Village (D3S, ISO 200, f/6.3 @ 24 mm, HDR, through Nikkor 24-70mm lens)

Ancient Fishing Village II (D3s, ISO 200, f/6.3 @ 24 mm, HDR, through Nikkor 24-70mm lens)

I have a softspot for lonely tree's so I couldn't help but shoot this:

Oceanside Tree (D3S, ISO 200, f/6.3 @ 24 mm, HDR, through Nikkor 24-70mm Lens)

And one of my favorite images from the week is this one.

Northern Kohala Coast (D3S, ISO200, f/6.3 @ 38mm, HDR, through Nikkor 24-70mm Lens)

Who could forget a shot of my photo assistants on the shoot:

Photographic Posse (D3s, ISO 200, f/6.3 @ 24mm, 1/400th second, through Nikkor 24-70mm Lens)

All of the images above were handheld 5 shot brackets processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2, color corrected, and sharpened using Photoshop Lightroom. Interestingly enough, I did not boost any of the blues in these images. I did however use a polarizing filter to reduce glare from the ocean and give some "visibility" into the water.

Until the next Images of Hawaii...



Photogs Note:

This will be the first of several Hawaii images I shot during a trip to the Big Island. I have to warn you, the images are a bit mediocre. The purpose of this trip was to enjoy Hawaii with the family, not turn it into a photography shoot. I never spent more than about 15 seconds on an image and everything is handheld. Although, I doubt a tripod would have helped much on the island. I don't think I was ever in a place where the wind wasn't howling at 20-30 miles per hour so there are very few shots taken at low shutter speeds. During the week, it seemed that every destination ended with an arrival at 12:00 in the afternoon.  Every landscape or portrait photog worth their weight knows that anytime you visit someplace to take pictures at high noon, you cannot be too critical of the result since the lighting basically sucks.

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