Makapu‘u Point is a great photo destination on O’ahu Island of Hawaii. It has wide open, unobstructed views on both the South Shore and East Shore of the island. Plus, it is the perfect location to photograph both the sunsets and sunrises.
On a clear day, from the spot above the lighthouse, you can see Moloka’i, the neighboring island.
Makapu‘u Point is a popular spot for whale watching. I visited Makapu‘u Point on tree different occasions and every time I could observe the Humpback whales with the calves passing by.
The small lighthouse is another element that always improve landscape compositions.
Shooting + Processing
I was at Makapu‘u Point early in the morning, just before the sunrise but I was out of luck. The dark, thick clouds covered the entire sky and the sunrise was ruined.
I set my tripod at the very edge of the Makapu’u Point and took 3 bracketed shots (-1; 0, +1).
I used Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, applying Natural preset first from Landscape Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.
The Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (16, 21, 34)
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18mm
Focal Length: 12mm
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1; 0, +1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements.