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Pali Lookout…

by on Jun.26, 2014, under Life, Photography

Continuing on our eastern island tour…

Crossing back across the middle of the island we headed on the Pali Highway and up to the famous Pali Lookout. The view was spectacular but the wind was crazy – we had been warned beforehand what it would be like but nothing prepares you for the sheer ferocity of the winds and gusts streaming across the island and up this ridge to the lookout

The girls tho had fun with the wind whipping up a storm with their hair and clothes 🙂

Pali Flight

Pali Flight

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 56 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/4, ISO 320

Pali Wings

Pali Wings

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/4, ISO 320

I wanted to do a stitched panorama to really show the expanse of the massive view from up here. This was much much easier said than done. Using the tripod was totally out – the wind and especially the gusts were so strong there would be no hope of it being stable (or my camera even being there) by the time I’d finished taking the shots. I could barely stand up myself near the edge – having to lean into the wind to survive

I decided to try taking the shots handheld and in an attempt to get reasonably sharp frames I shot at a high shutter speed whilst trying to brace myself and shoot between massive gusts. So even though it was a very bright day I bumped the ISO to 400 and in this sequence my shutter speeds varied from a low of 1/200th (for the leftmost darker frame) to 1/800th for the majority of the other frames. This panorama stitched from eight (8) vertical frames taken with the 24-70 at 24mm

Pali Vista

Pali Vista

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

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