As I was driving back towards the north shore of Kauai, I could not help but notice this scene. I pulled over and hiked about a block back to capture the panorama. The resulting image I am showing here is over 116 megapixels.
This was my last day in Hawaii on this trip. I had gone up to the Mauna Kea visitor center the day before and was hoping to get up to the summit. Unfortunately, I was unable to secure proper 4x4 transportation. On this final day, I decided to try again.
The weather down in Kona was not great and I figured it was going to be another bad night up on the mountain. When I struck out again with a ride up in a 4x4, I decided to hike up to a nearby hill to an altitude of 9,371'. There were about 15 people up here, and we were surrounded by clouds - could not see the sun. And then it happened...
The sky opened up, and we watched in awe as a layer of clouds rolled in slowly from left to right over the landscape below. It was just a short time later that another cloud surrounded us as the sun dipped under the horizon.
About the rainbow... NO CLUE how it appeared in my final image, but there it is! If someone has a scientific explanation, please comment.
The Secret Falls in Wailua River State Park in Kauai is amazing. I was lucky enough to be at the front of our hiking pack to get down to the base before people jumped in to enjoy the water and take a few shots. This is the same waterfall you may have seen on the show Fantasy Island. To get here, you must kayak about 2 miles up to the trailhead, then another 3/4 mile hike to the falls.
So many sites say there is "not much to see here"... well, they are right... Unless of course you know how to take long exposure photographs. This is a 25 second exposure with zero artificial lighting. Rather than taking the photo straight into the cave, I moved off to one side to avoid catching my own shadow from the setting sun behind me. The colors in the rocks are amazing.
This is a dry cave across from Ha'ena Beach Park. It is named Manihiholo after the legendary head fisherman of the menehune.
If you are a hiker and in Kauai, you MUST find the time to hike the Kalalau Trail. I wish I would have headed there earlier in the day to get all the way to Hanakapi’ai Beach which is 2 miles from the trailhead, but I was only able to get to the 1/2 mile mark to catch this glimpse of the Na Pali Coast.
After hiking a bit of the Kalalau Trail from Ke'e Beach, I stopped at Haena Beach Park and walked along the beach for the sunset. Being on the north shore of the island, I did not expect much, but it turned out to be a magical evening and one of my favorite sunsets I have captured.
I have flown many times all over the world. I usually take a window seat to watch the world under me go by. As we approached Kauai on this day, I could not help but notice we were indeed over the rainbow! Ah, the wonders of the world...
Danny's photographic and artistic talents are shared with fellow photographers and friends on flickr and Facebook as he travels throughout the world. Creating photo art since 2008, he has quickly developed his specialty in high dynamic range (HDR) photography.
To further his photographic skills and education, Danny attended one of the only HDR workshops in the US taught by the master of high dynamic range photography himself, Mr. Trey Ratcliff.
Applying skills and insight learned at this seminar, Danny was inspired to re-process photos he had previously left untouched. As he posted more of his work on Flickr, he noticed an increased amount of interest and positive comments from other photographers. Danny now specializes in shooting and processing HDR photography and is associated with professional photographers based in South Florida who handle photography jobs ranging from fashion, forensics, and aerial photos.
In late 2009, Danny's was awarded the $7,100 grand prize in a photographic contest entry which was based upon an untouched photo (no Photoshop or other edits) taken simply with his Blackberry cellular telephone camera (the site which ran the contest was brickfish.com).
Danny has shot with a Canon 7D for years, but recently moved to the full frame Sony A7rII.