Hawaii - Volcanoes and Stars

I had a fantastic time at our Big Island of Hawaii workshop with Canon Live Learning, September 19-23, 2014. On this trip to the Big Island, I had some challenges. A recent hurricane, Iselle, left something of a path of disaster in its wake- palm trees down on the beach, holes in my favorite tree-lined tunnel- a different shooting situation than I hoped for the workshop. However, it spurred me on to look around for other shooting locations. It turns out there was another tree-lined tunnel nearby that looked intact!

My next concern was that the volcanic flow was heading to the town of Pahoa, which was near where we were scheduled to shoot. Luckily, it didn’t reach the town or cut off our access to the road, allowing us to drive to the south Puna coastline for photography. 

At Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the flow seemed to lessen the intensity of the glow of the Kilauea Caldera, making the exposure easier to balance with the sky. The weather was cloudy and most returned to the hotel for some sleep. One group stayed on and they were rewarded with clear skies by waiting it out to get beautiful Milky Way shots.  

We adventured to the summit of Mauna Kea and photographed the Observatories at sunset then the Milky Way. We had such a good time and a wonderful group! 

Here are a few images from the workshop as well as a few I took afterwards on my own. Happy Shooting! Jennifer

The gang photographing the new tree lined tunnel.  

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The new tree lined tunnel location for the workshop. f/16, 1.6 seconds, ISO 100, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM at 33mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

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Sunset during the Big Island workshop.  f/8, 1/200 second to stop some action on moving trees, ISO 200, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM at 170mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

We had a lovely sunrise during the workshop on along the rocky coastline. Long exposures work well to soften the water.  f/16, 6 seconds, ISO 100, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 28mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

We went to the summit of Mauna Kea with the workshop group and shot sunset. f/11, 1.6 seconds, ISO 100, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 50mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Mauna Kea Summit, photographed at f/9, 30 seconds, ISO 100, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM at 221mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III

After the summit we photographed the tree with a little light paining. Thanks to Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposure, for showing it to me. Photographed at f/2.8, 20 seconds, ISO 5000, EF24mm f/1.4L II USM, manual mode, Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

 

Milky Way at Mauna Kea with the group. Photographed at f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 3200, EF14mm f/2.8L II USM, manual mode, Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

Our fist night of the workshop we photographed the Kilauea Caldera and Halema'uma'u Crater at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Photographed at f/2.8, 10 seconds, ISO 640, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at 17mm, manual mode, Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

 

Fire in the sky as the clouds are lit by the volcano. Photographed at f/2.8, 25 seconds, ISO 2500, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at 16mm, manual mode, Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

 

On the same night, the clouds were clear. Photographed at f/2.8, 20 seconds, ISO 2500, EF14mm f/2.8L II USM, manual mode, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.  

More long exposures for wispy look to the water. f/16, 6 seconds, ISO 100, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 24mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Morning along the rocky coastline with the sun just peaking out for a little while. f/16, 2.5 seconds, ISO 50, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 26mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

I photographed a couple of tree abstracts the morning the workshop was to begin. I didn't include the tree branches or base but just the trunk. f/16, 2.5 seconds, ISO 100, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 70mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Here is another abstract of a tree just outside our hotel.   f/16, 2 seconds, ISO 100, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 50mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.