East Coast of O’ahu from Makapu’u Lookout (Hawaii)

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I took this photo while in Hawaii at the end of the January. That was the day when the rain started at least 20 times. Sometimes it was just for a couple of minutes and a few drops of the water but when I reached the Makapu’u area of the O’ahu, it was practically a storm with the heavy wind and pouring water.

I spent at least 40min in the car at Makapu’u Lookout parking waiting for the rain to stop. It was totally worth it.

Hawaii. O’ahu. Makapu’u Lookout
Loc: 21.309611, -157.657027

 Shooting & Processing

Because of the spots of the really bright spots and some areas of the dark clouds I decided to shoot for HDR, taking 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod.

For the processing, I used Lightroom HDR based workflow. I outlined this technique in my latest tutorial “Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom”.

After I produced HDR image I used a Lightroom preset based workflow, applying Golden Gate present from my Landscapes Collection (you can always download Free Lightroom presets here).


Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 41mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F9
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Processing: Lightroom HDR Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, HDR Merge, preset based processing (HGolden Gate preset from Landscape Collection)
Photoshop: contrast, color correction, cleaning and removing distracting elements (parking lot, houses) with the help of the Stamp Tool.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, river).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks mostly).