Rainbow Over Sandy Beach in O’ahu (Hawaii)

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I just returned from my first trip of the year. Hawaii was my first stop, where I spent 4 days on O’ahu island and then I went to Northern California where I did Big Sur coastal drive again and later spent some time in San Francisco.

Before leaving for the trip, my plan was to post at least one new photo every day to let my readers follow my steps, but it turned out to be a much more difficult task than I expected. Every single day during the trip, I woke up at 4 am and drove to the new destination for the sunrise. During the day I spent time hiking in the search of interesting photo opportunities. For the sunsets, I had the list of the locations I have chosen during the research phase back home.

By the time I was in my hotel room, I was completely exhausted and I only had strength for backing up photos I took that day and setting up all my devices and camera batteries for charging.

Rainbow Over Sandy Beach

The rainbow appeared from nowhere when I was driving along South Shore of O’ahu. I had just enough time to drive a few kilometers further north, so I could place famous Sandy Beach in the background of my photos. While I was shooting from the top of the cliff, my trusty assistant (my wife) took a few photos, strategically placing me in the composition.

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Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog - Hawaii, O'ahu, Sandy Beach
  • Camera: Lumix LX7
  • Focal Length: 4.7 (24mm)
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/250
  • Tripod: hand-held

Processing: Single RAW Processing in Lightroom and Photoshop

Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, color correction.
Photoshop: I used luminosity masking techniques to increase contrast without clipping the highlights or shadows. I used Stamp Tool to mask cars on the parking lot, actually, I covered the entire parking lot.

Photoshop Plugins: