Two Whales In The Ocean (Hawaii)

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The Makapu’u Point on Oahu Island of Hawaii is the popular tourist destination. Because it is located not far from Honolulu and the hike to the top is short and not very demanding, it can be very crowded during the day.

Even though this spot is perfect for photographing both the sunrises and sunsets, the best time to enjoy it is early morning because you hardly have any people around.

After photographing the sunrise that day I spent probably another hour or so watching the Humpback whales passing between O’ahu and Moloka’i islands. Most of the whales were in pairs, one big one and another small, mother and her calf.

And just before leaving the point when I looked at the East Shore of the island I realized that 2 small islands not far from the shore looked like 2 whales, mother and her baby like the real ones I watched only minutes before.

Hawaii. O’ahu. Makapu’u Point
Loc: 21.309927, -157.649997


It was a bit of foggy and the South Shore was not spectacular at all. I decided to concentrate on the main attractions of the scene: 2 islands illuminated my morning sun and the beautiful white clouds.

I was shooting on a tripod.


It was a single RAW file editing.

I used the Drought preset from my Landscape Collection first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Drought (9, 17, 21, 40)

Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (foreground, mountains).