It was quite a rollercoaster day when I visited O’ahu (Hawaii) at the beginning of February.
In the morning, it was hot and humid in Honolulu but when I crossed the mountains and reached the eastern coast of O’ahu in early afternoon, it was pretty gloomy there with the low dark clouds and heavy tropical rain.
After driving and exploring the island for the remaining of the day, I went to Mountain Top Drive to photograph Honolulu at sunset hours.
First of all when I reached the top of the mountain, I had hard time opening the car door because of the strong and gusty wind. Also, it was freezing cold out there, by Hawaiian standards of course, and I had to put on every piece of the clothing I had in my car.
Shooting and Processing
The main challenge while shooting was to keep my tripod from flying away with the wind. I had to apply pressure with my body weight to keep it steady.
I shot 3 bracketed photos (-1, 0, +1) as I normally do, but I only used a single RAW image to process this photo. The main processing was done in Lightroom. I used the 2 Graduated Filters to darken the sky and emphasize sunset color in the top right.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18
Focal Length: 15mm
Shutter Speed: 4 sec
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.