I took the featured photo from Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail on the O’ahu island of Hawaii. The trail is probably the most rewarding location in regards to photography.
When you begin the trail, this is the panorama you get to see firsthand: the south shore of the island with breathtaking views of Koko Head Mountain and the famous Sandy Beach where I almost broke my back while learning to bodysurf.
After the trail takes a left turn, all you see is the open ocean with the silhouette of the neighboring Moloka’i Island on the horizon and a large number of migrating whales between the two islands.
And, when you reach the top of the trail, you are exposed to the amazing views of the eastern shore of O’ahu with Waimanalo Beach underneath and Kailua and Olomana peak in the distance.
Shooting and Processing
I only used a single RAW image to process this photo. 90% of the processing was done in Lightroom. I used the Graduated Filter to emphasize the sunrise colors in the sky.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18
Focal Length: 10mm
Shutter Speed: 1/80 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.