Sunrise at Makapu‘u Point (Hawaii)

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The Makapu‘u Point is a very popular tourist destination on Oahu island of Hawaii. The only time when you can enjoy relative serenity is early in the morning, before the sunrise.

To make it to the top of the point at 6 am I had to wake up 4 am in the morning, drive to the Oahu's southeastern tip and hike to the top of the point. By the time the sun was up the point was full of people.

Travel Photography -  Makapu‘u Point (Hawaii)
USA. Hawaii. Makapu‘u Point
Loc: 21.310505, -157.649978


It was a very warm morning at the end of January. But, on top of the Makapu‘u Point, it was extremely windy. I used my body weight to apply pressure to the top of my camera, making sure it would not fly away together with the tripod.


The goal of the capture was to show the contrast between the right side of the landscape illuminated by rising sun and still dark left side of the scene with predominant cooler colors.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70
Focal Length: 16mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F9
Shutter Speed: 1/80s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 ReviewBallhead: FEISOL CB-40D


It's been a while since I used HDR technology to edit my photos. But, this was the case when without HDR I would not be possible to cover the entire dynamic range of light.

I used Lightroom HDR workflow (you can find a detailed tutorial here) to merge 3 bracketed shots using HDR Merge module of Lightroom. When Lightroom produced a brand new HDR image in DNG format I use Lightroom Rapid Editing to produce the final image.

I used style preset HDR Base 2 from my HDR Collection first. Next, I applied adjustment presets from TOOLKIT collections and I was done.

The Lightroom Editing Formula: HDR Base 2 (9, 14, 33)

Photoshop: color correction, contrast.

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