Sunrise Over the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail (Hawaii)

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Hanauma Bay Rim Trail is very interesting an unconventional location for couple of the reasons. First, it is not “sanctioned” trail at all, it is an old restricted road which leads towards the cell tower and you have to trespass at your own risk.

Second, there is no signs to enter the trail and it can be challenging to find it when you first time there but it also means much smaller crowds compare to the “official” trails.

Also, when you walk along the rim of the crater where this is almost no vegetation, you witness incredible open views in all directions.

The featured photo is the view to the east. You can see the Diamond Head at the horizon with the Honolulu behind it.

Shooting and Processing

It was very windy at the top of the rim and I had to make sure I kept my tripod steady, applying pressure with my weight to it. I opted for a slower shutter speed of 1/20 sec to achieve a blurry effect of moving grass in the foreground.

Even though I shot 3 bracketed exposures, I used Lightroom Presets workflow processing only one RAW image. I started with HDR Blend preset (you can download my free presets here) and customized it slightly by adding more orange color to the sky.

Gawaii. O’ahu. Hanauma Bay Rim Trail
Loc: 21.272665, -157.698772


Deconstructing Featured Photo

Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, color correction, cropping, export to Photoshop.
Photoshop Cleaning with the Stamp Tool, contrast, color correction, banding elimination with the Add Noise filter.

Photoshop Plugins: 

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