Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Aloha! to my faithful readers.

Yes, back in Hawaii, for the third time. A very special trip as my daughter Suzanne will marry Jeff on a beach in a few days. Obviously, no pics yet, but there will be!

Yikes, it looks like my last post was way back at the end of November. Sorry about that.

This is day 3. And, the second day of attempts to get a super shot of the sun rising over (nearly) Mauna Kea. I'm using The Photographer's Ephemeris [ Site for The Photographer's Ephemeris ] to find decent locations and times of sunrise. Yesterday's attempts were poor, a learning experience.

Today is very windy. When I set up my carbon fibre tripod, the wind blew it over. Luckily, the camera and big lens was still in the car trunk, so no damage. I took a series of shots, and will show you a selection. They were shot in RAW mode and processed in a fine program called DxO
 [ DxO 10 ] applying a bit more exposure, while watching the histogram carefully. Only the centre of the sun's disc is blown out... .

I would have preferred a few more clouds to obscure the sun a bit. But, this is the best we can do now. I will try to get up early again for the next few days and see what happens.

Here we go:

And that's all for now.


  1. Really nice sunrise. I hadn't heard of that site before. I need to try it. Are you enjoying the volcanos?

  2. Have not visited Volcano National Park yet this trip. May do so next week. There is a new highway that allows a very straight path from here to Hilo and would allow a round trip in a day. Last time, we overnighted in Hilo, which is not the most scenic of cities.

  3. Glad to hear you are doing well and enjoying the Island. A happy occasion for a vacation, to be sure. Thank you for sharing the sunrise pictures.

  4. You are most welcome. Windy yesterday and today. 30+ mph winds, moving outside furniture around, etc. But, sunny and warm too.

  5. Congratulations Ed!

    Sorry I'm late to the party.

    Hawaii... Weddings are already ridiculously expensive, and with the US$ where it is, relatively speaking, definitely not for the faint of heart.

    May the wedding be all that the guests of honor hoped for.

    1. The guests of honour are not paying the full shot, this time. It is still expensive, but we wouldn't miss it