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Oahu Eastern Island Tour…

by on Jun.24, 2014, under Life, Photography

We’d decided to hire a car for a couple of days and head out to explore some of the island of Oahu outside of Waikiki and Honolulu

I purchased the GyPSy Guide – Oahu Full Island GPS Driving Tour on the Apple App store to assist us in our travels and I have to say it was a very good guide – highly recommended

For this first day we decided to take the shorter Beaches and Volcanoes Tour that focuses on the south-eastern corner of Oahu with its iconic sites like Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, Pali Lookout and some of Hawaii’s best swimming beaches

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

But before heading out to pick up the rental car here’s a pre dawn panorama – seven (7) frames at 19mm on the trusty 16-35 about twenty minutes before sunrise

Pre Dawn Delight

Pre Dawn Delight

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 30 sec at f/11, ISO 100

and a BigStopper long exposure with the clouds streaking over the mountains behind the city about 15 minutes after sunrise

The Hand

The Hand

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 355.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

First up we drove around and into the crater at Diamond Head. This shot on the other (northern) side of the crater

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm, 1/200 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

We headed up along the coast eventually arriving at the Makapu’u Gap lookout which looks over Makapu’u Beach with a pair of islands on the right (Rabbit Island being the larger of the two). This one a handheld stitched panorama from seven (7) vertical frames shows the fantastic volcanic hills on the left looking out over Makapu’u Beach onto the crystal clear turquoise and blue waters of the ocean surrounding Käohikaipu & Mänana (Rabbit) Islands – a little slice of paradise…



NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm, 1/250 sec at f/8, ISO 200

I also returned here (to that point of land on the other side of Makapu’u Beach) in the darkness to shoot sunrise with “dA Crazies” (a group of keen sunrise chasing photographers on Oahu) a couple days later

Dreamin’ Bunnies

Dreamin' Bunnies

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/800 sec at f/4, ISO 200

Further along the coast we stopped at Kailua and Lanikai Beaches – the later was spectacular with crystal clear turquoise waters and squeaky sand

Lanikai Twins

Lanikai Twins

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm, 1/800 sec at f/4, ISO 100

I’ll continue our eastern island tour tomorrow…

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