The May 2016 Sky & Telescope has featured one of my images of W.M. Keck Observatory’s twin ten meter telescopes as they point their dual world-class Adaptive Optics system lasers at the super black hole at the center of the Milky Way. This image documents the first time Keck Observatory used both Keck 1 and Keck 2 simultaneously aimed at the same object in space.
To read more about how observatories around the world use Adaptive Optics to correct for the Earth’s turbulent atmosphere please get a copy of the article here.
I had the pleasure of photographing this beautifully designed home here in Austin Texas, no detail was spared in the design and build of this home. The home is elegant yet organic and feels like a private spa. This private residence is located in the Rob Roy neighborhood in Westlake
Architectural Photography by Ethan Tweedie Photography, LLC
Designer- Fern Santini
Construction –Dalgleish Construction Co.
If you have a project that needs architectural photography please give me a call or email.
Taken from the walkway of the First Street Bridge looking across the waters Ladybird Lake towards the Congress Avenue Bridge the Austin City Skyline rises above at Twilight on the evening of April 22nd 2016. Barely noticeable is the packed crowd of bat watchers on the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge where up to 1.5 million bats emerge each evening from March to November. The tallest building in Austin, The Austonian, rises left of center of the picture and on the far right is the Hotel Van Zandt one of Austin’s newest Hotels located on Rainey Street. For image and print inquiries please contact me at 512-701-0985 or by email at email@example.com
One of the finest examples of bridge architecture located right here in Austin Texas is the Pennybacker Bridge or 360 Bridge. It was opened in 1982 and in 1984 the bridge won 1st place in the Federal Administration’s Excellence in Highway Design competition. In 1992 the bridge was selected by the Austin chapter of the Consulting Engineers Council of Texas. The bridge was picked as the most innovative example of Austin architecture and to this day is a icon of of the city.
On both sides of the 360 Highway there are hiking trails to the bluffs overlooking the bridge, its a great place to enjoy the outdoors and take in the beautiful view of Lake Austin and the surrounding Hill Country of Texas.
I am super excited to be on the cover of Hana Hou Magazine (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines) and have my images featured over 10 pages in the magazine about the snow in Hawaii! If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines be sure to get your copy!
Recently I was contacted by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo to provide an image of Mauna Kea that would be printed on a banner measuring 25 feet by 6 feet in an area right next to the Planetarium at the Center. In their words:
“No one captures the majesty and reverence of Maunakea better than you. Our goal is to give our community a place that they can share about why Maunakea is special to them. We hope that this will allow our community, both local and global, to express their pilina, connection, to this mauna as well as serve as a first step in helping to bring a community together towards shaping a new vision of the future of this beautiful wahi pana.
Me ke leo haʻahaʻa, Celeste Haʻo
This image they chose with the combination of snow and evening sunlight, was a photograph I had been waiting to capture for a long time. This panoramic image was taken on March 9th 2015. After days and days of stormy weather with high winds and blizzard conditions on the summit, the mountain finally could be seen for the first time at around 5:50pm. The sky was over cast with high clouds, however you could see the mountain’s huge mantle of white snow!
With the grey conditions I was not enthusiastic about getting that “perfect” image I waited so long to capture, however, I grabbed my camera gear and headed out to see what might come of things. My experience told me the lighting could change at any moment. My first vantage point of the evening did not produce any images, but looking to the west I could see a opening in the clouds where hopefully the sun would peak through and light up the mountain. I then changed locations and headed to my “secret” location, tripod and camera gear in my backpack. My camera set up on my tripod, I waited and waited and waited.
It was then a friend texted me. She said, “Can you see Mauna Kea?” I texted back YES I can see the mountain!! It was beautiful, however, not what I was hoping for…. I looked to the west again, the sun was still obscured by clouds, I had some hope though…. then just a moment later, the beautiful pink warm sunset light began shining on the mountain and I enthusiastically began taking panoramic images over and over and over completing 3 series of images. The light began very faintly, getting stronger and brighter as I shot. This beautiful “Kukahau’ula Light” lasted for only two and half minutes before it was gone… I knew I had just captured that perfect shot I envisioned so long ago.
The image can be seen at the the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo and is also available for print in custom sizing on metal. Please contact me for pricing or visit Wishard Gallery in Waimea or Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae.
Architectural Digest Editors selected five extraordinary homes for sale around the world for their July 2015 issue and one of the homes chosen was this Mauna Kea Resort home. I photographed this property for Harold Clarke, owner of Luxury Big Island a Real Estate Brokerage here on the Big Island.
The home overlooks the Pacific Ocean within the residential community of the Mauna Kea Resort; it boasts 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths at 8,100 SQ. FT and is currently listed for $13.9 Million.
Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in Luxury Real Estate Photography, Commercial and Residential Architectural Photography, Interiors Photography, Luxury Vacation Rental Photography.
If you have a property that needs high-end photography please give me a call or contact me here.
My team and I recently photographed Cottage 5 at the Kukio Golf and Beach Club, a private, residential equity club located adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel on the Kona-Kohala coast on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The cottages are some of my favorite residences to photograph here on the Big Island. Each Cottage I have photographed at Kukio boasts exposed timber framing giving a rustic yet elegant feeling. Cottage 5 consists of 3 detached pods or hales, two private master bedroom hales and one main hale with kitchen and living room fronting the pool/spa and Anchialine fish pond. Cottage 5 incorporates all the elements needed for that Hawaiian indoor-outdoor living experience.
Cottage 5’s location within Kukio is in a prime location as it is discreetly tucked away on the Fish Ponds yet a very short walking distance to the main dining pavilion, beach bar fitness facility, concierge, ocean sports, beach and swimming pools. Cottage 5 comes with its own Golf Cart parking garage so you are never more than 2 minutes away from getting around the Club or playing the two golf courses, Tom Fazio’s 18 hole course and the 10 hole course.
Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in Luxury Real Estate Photography, Architectural Photography, Interiors Photography, Luxury Vacation Rental Photography. If you have a property that needs high-end photography please give me a call or contact me here.
Recently I was asked by the leadership of Brookfield Residential to photograph two of their new luxury model homes that were just completed at their Kamilo Community at the Mauna Lani Resort here on the Big Island. Brookfield Homes Corporation, the parent company of Brookfield Residential, is the fifth largest residential developer by land and housing assets in North America. Here in Hawaii they have a total of three communities, two on Kauai and Kamilo on the Big Island.
Kamilo’s homes are completed with luxury finishes throughout and are turn-key ready, ideal for a second home or a primary residence. KaMilo offers a gated community of 137 single family and paired new homes on the sun soaked Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island. This private community provides a resort within a resort with views of the Mauna Lani golf course, a neighborhood pavilion with fitness center, two pools, and outdoor entertainment area.
Several times over the last few years I have had the privilege of photographing for Brookfield Residential capturing images of the Mauna Lani golf course, pools, fitness center and as new model homes are completed. For more information on this great community please visit their website!
Ethan Tweedie Photography, LLC specializes in photography for Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts. If you have a project that needs high quality imagery please contact me, as I would be happy to discuss your needs.
This past November 2014 the University of Texas/McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis Texas hired me to photograph their 3 telescopes.
Over 4 days my team and I took over 7000 images of astronomers, teachers, students, telescopes and directors from the ground, aerials from a helicopter, on ladders and even a boom lift!
These are a few highlights from the assignment. Mahalo to the University of Texas at Austin, McDonald Observatory and the staff of both organizations that worked so hard to make this a successful commercial shoot!
“Architectural Digest is the international design authority, featuring the work of top architects and designers, as well as the best in style, culture, travel, and shopping.” The Big Island’s very own Hawaii Wildlife Center is currently featured in the April 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. The feature highlights US design firms who contribute at least 1% of their time for pro-bono work for non-profit and the like, hence the name of the feature “Good Works.”
Ethan Tweedie Photography teamed up with the architectural firm Ruhl Walker Architects/Boston, one of 1300 firms nationwide who are a part of the One Percent program and photographed the Hawaii Wildlife Center now featured in Architectural Digest at a 50% discount to my normal project rate to help contribute to the project cause.
Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in photography for Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts, Contractors and Observatories
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“Highest Price Ever Asked For a Single-Family Home on Hawaii’s Big Island” As Seen in Forbes Magazine
This $33 Million Dollar home was photographed by my team and I over a period of two days for my high end luxury real estate client Harold Clarke owner of Luxury Big Island. To see more images of the home click here. The home was just featured in Forbes Magazine as the highest price ever asked for a single family home on the Big Island of Hawaii!! The home is located at the Hualalai Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii and was designed by architect Sandy Walker of Walker & Moody Architects.
Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in photography for Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts, Contractors, Astronomical Observatories and Aerial Photography.
Clients Include Eric Cohler Design NYC, Willman Interiors, Fine Design Hawaii, Equity Residences, Forest City Enterprises, Tinguely Development, GM Construction, Rhoady Lee Architecture and Design,Chapman Builders, Paul Bleck Architect, Ruhl Walker Architects, Four Seasons, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, W.M. Keck Observatory, McDonald Observatory, University of Texas at Austin, Hawaiian Airlines, UCLA and Yale.
Please call me at 808-938-4665 or here if you are in need of my services.
During the four days on location my team and I took over 7000 images of astronomers, teachers, students, telescopes and directors from the ground, from a helicopter, on ladders and even from a boom lift! Above are a few highlights from the assignment.
Mahalo to the University of Texas at Austin, McDonald Observatory and the staff of both organizations that worked so hard to make this a successful commercial shoot!
Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in photography for Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts, Contractors, Astronomical Observatories and Aerial Photography.
On the evening of January 2nd into the morning hours of January 3rd 2015 a powerful cold front swept through the Big Island of Hawaii. In the lower elevations of the island band after band of wind and rain pounded the island relentlessly for about 8 hours.
In the higher elevations above 11,000 feet both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (both just under 14,000 feet in elevation) received copious amounts of snow and freezing rain with wind gusts at the summit recorded at 154 mph!!
The damage to the island was extensive with many areas losing power, cell service and downed trees. We were lucky here in Waimea Town with no loss of power, but even as of yesterday areas in North Kohala still had not gotten power back! This was by far the worst cold front storm I have seen in Hawaii!
The aftermath of the storm will be lots of green grass for the ranches and some beautiful vistas of snow covered mountains here in Hawaii. In this composite you will see the first glimpse of snow on Mauna Kea with the bright blue skies. This image was featured on Hawaii News Now for a few of their newscasts statewide and as of this writing has had more than 120,000 page views on the Ethan Tweedie Photography Fanpage!!! The other images were taken at sunset on January 7th, one of the clearest days I have seen!!
Happy New Year!
Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot for highly acclaimed designer Eric Cohler of NYC. Eric is known for his distinguishing ability to fuse classical and contemporary elements, and is dubbed “The Mixmaster.” This private home at Hualalai Resort here on the Big Island is a classic example of his ability to mix traditional design elements in a tropical setting.
If you are interested in having me photograph one of your projects for interior design, luxury real estate, architectural or luxury vacation rental please contact me for a quote.
If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines in the next two months check out the article on Moonbows featuring my image “Moonbow Waimea ” in Hana Hou Magazine’s August/September 2014 Issue on page 30!! (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines)
Prints of the image are available at Wishard Gallery in Waimea and Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae or call me for custom orders!
To read more about capturing this amazing sight read my blog post!!!
Check out the article on Moonbows featuring my image “Waimea Moonbow ” in Hana Hou Magazine’s August/September 2014 Issue on page 30!! (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines)
Prints of the image are available at Wishard Gallery in Waimea and Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae.
To read more about capturing this amazing sight read my blog post!!!
Ethan Tweedie Photography reaches a milestone of photographing over 700 Million Dollars in real estate, property and vacation rentals.
In June 2010 I moved back to the Big Island to pursue my creative passion as a professional photographer. After purchasing a home here in Hawaii my good friend and real estate agent Stacy Disney asked if I photographed real estate, having some experience on the mainland, my answer was yes!
Inspired by Hawaii’s beautiful homes and surrounding landscapes, I wanted to elevate my photography to be recognized by my peers. I studied everything I could about architectural photography and real estate photography spending countless hours learning and honing my skills. My hard work paid off and I rose quickly to become one of the top photographers on the Big Island in my specialty. In December 2013, my hard work was nationally recognized and I was awarded the Photography for Real Estate Blog Photographer of the year for 2013!
See my interview on KGMB
If you are in the need of professional photography with consistent results for your luxury real estate listing, vacation rental or architectural project, please give me a call.
Ethan Tweedie Named 2013 Photographer of the Year for Real Estate
Recognized for his extraordinary work in capturing the beautiful picturesque land and homes across the state of Hawaii, Ethan’s work was put up against the top photographers in the business. Ethan was named the 2013 Real Estate Photographer of the Year.
After Ethan won photo of the month in June, he advanced to the second round with eight other contestants. Photography for Real Estate stated, “The jury had a very challenging job judging these eleven images. All eleven images are top notch! But Ethan came out the clear winner.” Judged by a panel and voted by his peers, Ethan’s award-winning photo stole the show.
“Shooting real estate and architecture is a challenging art and I work each day to refine my skills and seek new canvasses to test those limits,” Ethan said. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized as the winner among these amazing, world renowned, photographers.”
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful private residence at the Hualalai Resort at Historic Ka’upulehu for Hualalai Realty. The exceptional interior of this 5 bedroom home was designed by Willman Interiors based here in my hometown of Waimea (Kamuela) on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Gina Willman’s team is adept at creating living spaces that reflect what the homeowner visualizes, but it also has a warm and inviting appeal that anyone could appreciate.
If you are looking for photography for an interior design project, luxury vacation rental, luxury real estate or resort please contact me for a quote.
There was much anticipation for this years Lunar Eclipse and my plan was to head to the summit of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea and photograph the event from 13,796 feet. Well one can plan all they want, but if you are shooting with a 500mm lens even the slightest movement of the lens would not be good and with winds clocking in at 40mph on the summit with an air temperature of around 28 degrees F, I was less than enthusiastic. Plan B ensued and I already knew of some areas that are often out of the wind, so off I went in search of a windless dark location on Mauna Kea. The first several locations were aborted due to strong winds, I kept on, finally finding a great spot at around 5500 feet on the slopes of the mountain. Cold, check, windless, check no crowds, check!
After shooting the moon with my telephoto lens and realizing the “main event” had maxed out I decided to get a little creative. I brought my 100 watt LED light and set my camera’s timer and ran out into the pasture and pointed my light at the moon. I took two images, this was the best one of the two.
I hope you got to see the eclipse from your location, but if not I hope you enjoy my image!
The Dark Side of the Milky Way as seen from close to 14,000 feet on snow covered dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii
What an amazing day!! Went up to 11,000 feet on the World’s largest active volcano Mauna Loa here on the island of Hawaii and played in the snow! Decided to build a snowman and what do photographers do? We shoot time-lapse of the whole process. Had a few quest visitors along the way!! Shot with my Canon 1Ds Mark III on a Canon 16-35L II and took shots every 2 seconds. Mahalo to Anna Pacheco, Jon Hanley and Mother Nature for an awesome day!
Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in capturing images for marketing purposes of all types of luxury real estate, vacation rentals, hotels and resorts.
Sometimes property doesn’t have a home to photograph, as is the case of this beautiful lot in Anekona Estates, MLS# 269504 A novel way to help market a property is to capture a sunset via time-lapse. Time-lapse photography compresses time and is visually stunning. This is a great way to catch a potential buyer’s interest, Time-lapse photography offers a little bit of magic, conveying a sense of place ~ alluring to the property’s target market.
This 2.5-acre lot is located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Anekona Estates where many of Waimea’s finest luxury homes are located. Nature’s magical beauty unfolds on this dramatic lot nestled into the hill. It is the perfect location to watch the beautiful Hawaiian Sunsets, but the lot also boasts tremendous views of Kohala Mountain, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Just 10 minutes to Waimea Town (Home of Parker School and Hawaii Preparatory Academy) and 10 minutes to the Ocean and the Kohala Coast. The Kohala Coast is home of Luxury Resorts such as the Mauna Kea Beach Resort, Mauna Lani Beach Resort, Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani, Hapuna Beach Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Four Seasons Resort Hawaii at Hualalai and Kūkiʻo Golf and Beach Club. Whether you are retired or looking for the perfect location for work, play and be close to educational opportunities for your children, this location is just perfect for proximity to all of the great amenities and wonderful lifestyle that the Big Island has to offer!
Contact Karen Ferrara of Hawaii Life Real Estate Karen@HawaiiLife.com
Ethan Tweedie Photography was contacted by the owner of this Kohala Ranch property to showcase the home as a luxury vacation rental here on Hawaii Island (The Big Island). The owners recognize the value of high-end photography to properly capture the true essence of a home and to compete for high quality vacationers looking for a luxury home to enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer.
As with many luxury homes here in Hawaii the outdoor living spaces are a highlight and the spacious partially covered lanai at this home is a grand element. Featuring a large outdoor dining table and lounge chairs the lanai features a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and the pool/spa just below. The lanai is a great space to dine, socialize with friends, watch the sunset or watch the Humpback Whales during whale season.
This home is featured on Hawaii Life’s Vacation Rental Page
It was a pleasure photographing this home for the owners over the two days I spent on location and wish to thank them for entrusting me with the opportunity to photograph their wonderful property.
Call today for a quote 808-938-4665
In a contest amongst my peers, I was honored to find out today that I was the winner of the 2013 Photography For Real Estate’s Photographer of the Year! The yearly winner is chosen amongst the winners of the monthly contests and voted on by a jury of peers.
To win the PFRE contest is something I am very proud of, originally I had gone to the Photography For Real Estate website/blog to learn more and improve my skills, and to win is really exciting!
Thank you to all of the photographers who have helped me along the way, thank you to Larry Lohrman for providing the PFRE blog, it is such an excellent way to share information and learn.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Lawedua: Wakaya Island, Fiji
At the end of November I was hired by Concierge Auctions to photograph a 10-acre luxury island estate on the private island of Wakaya in Fiji. Our travels would take us from our home on the Big Island of Hawaii to Honolulu and then on to Fiji with a quick stop on Christmas Island.
Once we landed on the main island of Fiji at Nadi (Pronounced Nandi) we caught a small private charter flight to the island of Wakaya. As we flew across the Koro Sea, the water below us was just so stunning, words do not adequately describe the turquoise water and pristine beaches.
After our 40-minute flight we landed on the island of Wakaya. Wakaya is five square miles, has one private landing strip and is owned by David Gilmore who bought the island in 1973. Mr. Gilmore is the owner of the worlds largest gold mining company and started a bottled water company called Fiji Water! In 1994, he built a very exclusive resort on the island called the Wakaya Club & Spa, which is extremely private. It is one of those places that if you have to ask about how much it will cost it probably isn’t the right place for you! Mr. Gilmore spends a few months out of the year on the island and has a large home there. Only guests at one of the resorts ten bures, or cottages, and the island’s four property owners and their guests are allowed to access the island by private jet or boat.
At the private landing strip our trusty guide and property manager, Rusi, picked us up and took us to the property called Lawedua (Pronounced La-wen-doo-ah after the white tropic bird that nests below the cliff at the property and could be seen each morning soaring over the sea below). After getting all of our photography gear stowed at our cottage we then met Rusi’s wife Kelera. She had waiting for us two cold coconuts for us to drink, one with a blue straw and one with a pink straw for my assistant Anna. Talk about refreshing!! After our cool drink Rusi gave us a tour of the property and it was then that I knew it would take the entire four days on the island to properly capture the essence of this place!
Staying true to Balinese style, the property is configured as a compound with series of houses. Lawedua consists of a main house, master guest cottage, master bedroom cottage and then 3 other cottages all for family or guests. I say the word cottage, here in Hawaii we would call a cottage a Hale, in Fiji they called them Bure or Vale. A family in California owns this property now, but it is also rented out to guests of the Wakaya Club & Spa. Notable guests of Lawedua include the Vice President of the United States, Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jim Carrey. The home has been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest and is a high-end sanctuary offering the utmost in luxury possible in the South Pacific and is considered one of the most exclusive places in the world.
Sitting atop a volcanic peninsula overlooking Marau Bay, the property is perched along a 150-foot ridge with stunning views of the turquoise water and coral reefs below which are all part of a protected marine reserve. The main house faces directly West for stunning views of the sunset over the adjacent island of Ovalau.
Over the next few days we would methodically photograph Lawedua, working long hours getting much accomplished each day. Because of the scope of the property we didn’t have much time to take a break, but one late afternoon before photographing in the evening, we took a quick swim at the beach below the property. Without fins or a mask we swam out to the reef, it was so amazing seeing the coral and fish and even these blue starfish called LokeLoke. The water was very refreshing, it was hard to leave, but we still had some important shots to capture in the evening.
I will never forget the stunning landscape, water and the property itself on Wakaya, but the one thing about Fiji that stands out is the people there are just so friendly. Everywhere you go you are greeted with “Bula” (Similar to how we use the word Aloha in Hawaii), at the airport, walking around the island etc. I really look forward to going back to Fiji someday!
I want to thank a few people for making the trip happen, Rita, Krystal and Laura of Concierge Auctions, Rusi and Kelera who were our tireless hosts at the property, Anna Pacheco my fearless assistant who I think goes through a survivor show each time we work, the owners of Lawedua who allowed us to stay at the property and lastly Fiji Airways and their flight crew who made flying really fun!!
Warmest Aloha and Bula!
October 16, 2013 PRESS RELEASE
Harbor Gallery announces an exciting show with Big Island Photographer and Parker School Graduate Ethan Tweedie on Friday, November 1st, from 6 to 8 PM. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.
This special show is titled “Porsche and Perseids” and features a number of Ethan’s celestial masterpieces as well as some photos taken atop Mauna Kea this past July when Ethan joined Gallery Owner Gunner Mench in driving his 50 year old Porsche to the summit for sunset and the stars.
Ethan says this was among the best sunsets he has ever witnessed, and what happened that night was almost unbelievable! The 1963 Porsche will also be on display for the show, bearing its Mauna Kea Benchmark Badge on the rear grill.
The Perseid Meteor Showers happen every year in early August, and Ethan was invited by park rangers at Pu’ukohola to photograph the shower together with the Heiau, achieving mind boggling results after taking over 160 exposures of 30 seconds in a single night. More photos were taken along with Halemaumau’s eruption, capturing meteors, the moon, and ghostly surroundings, achieving a view that the naked eye cannot see in the dim light, but is captured brilliantly with his high quality Canon cameras and special equipment. Most of the prints are offered being printed on metal, with the most superb color rendition and crisp clarity available with today’s printing technology.
Harbor Gallery is located in Kawaihae, just north of the Kohala resorts and next to Café Pesto. The gallery is open daily from 11:30 until 8:30. Phone 808-882-1510 to reach Gunner & Elli Mench, or visit their website at www.harborgallery.biz.
What is time-lapse photography? Images are taken at regular intervals and then combined to create a video revealing interesting patterns normally just too slow for the human eye to see. When used appropriately time-lapse can help you market your business or real estate listing.
If you have a real estate listing or business that could benefit from time-lapse photography give me a call.
This image was taken August 12th 2013 from the summit of Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that rises some 32,000 feet from the ocean floor (making it the tallest mountain on the planet) and 13,796 feet above sea level. With 13 observatories, Mauna Kea is arguably the best place on Earth to observe the cosmos from because of three distinct reasons: its high altitude keeps it away from much of the pollution and weather on Earth, it has incredible dark skies with little light pollution, and it is surrounded by thousands of miles in every direction of warm ocean that makes for a very stable atmosphere which W. M. Keck Observatory (shown here) can further eliminated using their adaptive optics. Keck Observatory is the home to the world’s largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.
On this particular evening the UCLA Galactic Center Group — led by principal investigator and professor of astronomy Andrea Ghez, was investigating the supermassive black hole and its environs. Her team’s goals are to “understand the basic physics associated with black holes (How black holes work, which is not understood today) and what role black holes play in the formation and evolution of galaxies.” To learn more about the UCLA Galactic Center Group click here http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~ghezgroup/gc/ Also see Andrea’s TED Lecture http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/andrea-ghez-at-ted-149774.aspx
The image shows the two telescopes of Keck (Keck I and Keck II) emitting their lasers to create guide stars used to detect and remove aberrations in the earth’s atmosphere, greatly improving the resolution of the data collected, not unlike looking at a fish in the water with a mask, rather than looking at it through the surface of the ocean. This allows Keck Observatory to achieve resolution equal to that of Hubble Space Telescope in the visible wavelengths, and superior in the infrared. The lasers also make for interesting images!
Fourteen images were taken and then stitched together to create this panoramic single image of the Milky Way. The image was shot using a Canon 5D MIII camera at ISO 3200 at f/2.8 for 25 seconds using a Canon 16-35mm lens at 20mm.
This image was taken inside of W.M. Keck Observatory. The two lasers from can Keck 1 and Keck 2 can be seen pointing at the center of the Milky Way or Galactic Center.
These images would not be possible it were not for permission from the Office of Mauna Kea Management, The Hawaii Film Office, W. M. Keck Observatory and its personnel. Special thanks to Joan Campbell, Debbie Goodwin and Steve Jefferson of Keck Observatory’s Advancement team for their coordination in setting up this photo-shoot and Pete Tucker who was my Keck Observatory Escort on the summit for close to 10 hours! (Pete is also in charge of making sure the laser is ready for use every night at Keck Observatory!)
I had never tried capturing the Milky Way by doing a panorama so I headed up Saddle Road to find a suitable location where I could get the Milky Way to drape over Mauna Kea. The bonus this time of year is the Perseids Meteor Shower is beginning and there were tons of shooting stars even some fireballs! The light you see on the right is coming from the Pohakuloa Military Base; the airport had this light that didn’t really look that dramatic, but with long exposures any light is picked up. City lights from Hilo and Waimea add to a glow behind Mauna Kea.
This year the meteor shower peaks August 9th-12th.
Photography For Real Estate Blog (PFRE) puts on a contest each month with different themes. The theme for the month of June was Large Interior Adjoined Space. I submitted a shot I took for Kukio Realty of a private residence at the Resort. It was an especially difficult shot as it was taken outside looking into the interior which is challenging with the bright sky etc. You can read more about how the shot was captured by visiting this link:
PFRE Judges are from around the world and are some of the best photographers in our field! What greater honor is there than being simply recognized by your peers?
If you have a Luxury Property, Vacation Rental or New Construction you would like to have photographed, give me a call.
If you are interested in having a luxury listing or vacation rental photographed, custom tours and videos can be created to enhance the experience potential buyers and guests will have when choosing a property. By creating videos of the tours you can also embed into your blog and post to your company youtube/vimeo account etc. This will greatly increase your SEO for your business and listing.
Please send me an email for a quote!
Recently, I was hired to photograph a very nice property at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii that had been photographed already by another photographer. Once Concierge Auctions was hired to sell the home via auction they needed to take on the extra expense of rephotographing the home because the images were poor quality and did not live up to the standards of their marketing team etc. Concierge Auctions knows the power of high quality images, it is what sets them apart from other companies even though the costs are seemingly higher upfront. Concierge Auctions’ cutting edge marketing and technology garners the highest average sales price in the industry having sold $2 Billion dollars of real estate in the $2.5 to $20 Million range.
After searching the Internet for another photographer they found my website and thus hired me to photograph the Mauna Kea Resort property.
Here are 7 Reasons Why High End Photography Saves You Money:
1. “Silent” costs, potential customers may not list their property with you if the imagery used in your prior listings are poor. Take a look at Concierge Auctions Website! The images they use to showcase the properties they represent is second to none! http://www.conciergeauctions.com
Here is the Mauna Kea Beach Resort property I photographed http://web2.conciergeauctions.com/62-3459-aloalii-place-kamuela-hawaii
2. Potential buyers will ignore poorly photographed properties. In recent months my images have led to several offers on properties sight unseen. Why allow a qualified buyer to miss your listing?
3. Having to reshoot a home because the photography was not of high enough quality for luxury real estate publications. Having to reshoot a home cost more in marketing dollars and time, both of which are limited, and in this case included contact with Mauna Kea Resort for permission to photograph the golf course, tennis courts and world famous Mauna Kea Beach, restaging of the home and coordination with the house manager.
4. The photographer does not have General Liability insurance and something breaks during a shoot. One agent told me about a $100,000 Italian hand blow glass decoration that a photographer broke during a photo shoot. I have up to $2,000,000 in General Liability insurance. Why take that risk?
5. Efficiency and getting the job done in a timely matter or making promised deadlines. What good are your images if you do not get them in time for printing of the marketing materials for your listing and posting on MLS? Concierge Auctions needed the images in 48 hours. My assistant and I photographed the home for 13 hours and provided the images on time. Payment was taken via a major credit card and the high resolution images were provided via the internet.
6. Having contracts and other paperwork in place so everyone is in agreement about the execution of the imagery including types of licenses, agreed upon shoot list, photography checklist etc. Businesses and individuals these days have slightly lower budgets for marketing etc, my aim is to produce the best images backed by the best pricing and service available. Knowing up front the different types of image usage such as a full buyout, exclusive vs. non exclusive etc. can potentially save the client money and all of these things can be spelled out and negotiated prior to contracting.
7. Lower the costs of photography by suggesting and putting together shared contracts for multiple parties. Read My Blog post on sharing costs http://www.ethantweedie.com/quality-photography-reflects-your-business/
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Quality Photography Makes A Difference
Quality photography is very important as it represents your company’s values and how the marketplace perceives your business. There will always be a photographer who will be willing to capture images at a lower price, however bargains can quickly turn into a nightmare if the images do not meet the expectations of your company and the project needs to be re photographed costing time and more money. Hiring a professional from the beginning is a great way to save headaches and allow you to position your company in the best light.
Share The Costs With Others
One way to benefit from quality photography and still keep your budget in check is to share the cost with other interested parties. If you are a contractor you may want to contact the architect, interior designer, landscape architects, consultants, product manufacturers and even the home owner or business owner. The home above was photographed initially for the architect and after speaking with him regarding the licensing of the images it turned out that there was several other parties involved who would be interested in receiving images. The final image costs were shared among three parties thus saving money and time for everyone. A win win as I like to say!
If you are looking for photography for a new project whether you are an architect, contractor, home or business owner give me a call to discuss your project. Upon initial consultation I can do an on site visit and provide you with an estimate.
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What a morning!
After almost a year without lava entering the ocean, Kilauea ramped up her activity just in time for the 30th Anniversary of the current eruptive phase!!
My day started out at 1:15 AM in order to make it to Pohoiki Boat Ramp (Puna) by 4:30AM. We all boarded the Lava Ocean Adventures tour boat and took the 45 minute boat ride out to the where the lava was entering the ocean. It was great seeing all the stars and even the Southern Cross on the way, but most of us were pretty tentative on whether we were going to see lava or not as there is no way of knowing till you get there.
About a mile out from the site we could see the lava and lots of it!! There were two distinct lava entries as we approached and Captain Shane Turpin slowed the boat down to creep. We were still a good football field away and you can feel the radiant heat from the lava! As we got closer it was still pitch dark and the photography wouldn’t be super good so I spent some time just in awe of the amazing spectacle before my eyes. The first picture was from that time frame.
Captain Turpin kept the boat moving in between the two ocean entries and made sure both sides got equal amounts of viewing although I wish we could move side to side, but trust me one thing you don’t want to do is rock the boat! As the light got brighter towards sunrise the photo ops got really good with the twilight sky and eventually the sun came up to reveal the scene in daylight! The whole time out there you could see, smell and hear the lava as it hissed and sputtered into the water. WOW!
If you are on the Big Island and there is lava entering the ocean this is a must see and do tour.
Kukio Cottage 1
Kukio is private beachfront community and golf club located here on the Big Island of Hawaii. The project has an 18-hole championship golf course and a 10-hole short course both designed by Tom Fazio, a private beach club, and 375 custom estate residences and cottages on over 1,400 acres of prime Kona Coast land. Lot prices at Kukio range from $1M to over $15M+
Nicole Vincent, Top-producing Realtor at Island Land Company, hired me to photograph her listing, Cottage 1 at Kukio. I was really looking forward to photographing this luxury property for Nicole because Kukio is such a beautiful setting.
To photograph this unique property we planned on shooting at two different times, in the morning to capture the views of the ocean, pool and blue sky and in the evening to photograph the peaceful ambiance of the home during sunset and twilight.
It is hard to convey this property with just several images, but this composite highlights a few aspects of this finely appointed property. Below is Nicole’s listing description of the property:
“One of the few, front row cottages at Kukio, this elegant three-bedroom pod-style cottage is conveniently located in the heart of Kukio Resort providing walking distance to the Club for use of the spa & fitness center, dining and ocean pursuits activities. Magnificent views from this property sweep from the white sandy beach of Uluweuweu Bay to the serenity of ancient Hawaiian anchialine fishponds.
Recently renovated with a fresh, modern Hawaii feel, this cottage is a must see if considering Kukio.”
If you are in need of images of your Luxury Listing/Vacation Rental here in Hawaii please give me a call. I would be happy to provide a site visit/estimate or your upcoming listing.
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The Kona Sunset house is a new listing by Karen Ferrara of Hawaii Life. I call this house the Sunset House because it faces directly at the sunset as well as awesome views of the Ocean and Kailua-Kona. It is tough to see in the image of the ocean but you can see the Ironman Triathletes swimming in the Bay from the home! In fact the race goes right by the house! Link to the virtual tour http://www.tourbuzz.net/public/vtour/display/81841?idx=1
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Hale Ku Mana is a private residence at the Hualalai Resort here on the Big Island and is currently listed at $16,500,000. The home has over 10,000 square feet of high-end living space on 1.3 acres and the home features 5 bedrooms and 5 and half baths. It features a stone tiled salt water infinity edge pool, stunning ocean/sunset views and is surrounded on three sides by the members only Keolu Golf Course.
Photographing this house would be a real challenge as it is such a beautiful place and one could spend a week getting images of this resort-sized property. In total, I spent eleven hours capturing this property, from sunset on the first night then returning at 4:45 AM the next morning to capture the colors of the sunrise, I took over 2000 images!
If you are in need of photography for a luxury real estate listing, vacation rental or resort please give me a call. I would be happy to meet with you for a site inspection and discuss your needs for high quality images.
The Ancient Mamane Trees covered in lichen on Mauna Kea as the Moon Rises. Taken September 2nd 2012 at 8.26 PM. Elevation 9,000 ft.
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Some real estate I photograph is really difficult. The “problem” with this home here in Waimea on the Big Island is it had so many interesting angles, vistas and views. Located in the Sandalwood development, the home has views of The Pu’u (Hills) of Kohala Mountain, stunning views of Mauna Kea (13,796 feet), Mauna Loa and Hualalai. For this shot, I chose to cross the stream and shoot the house from Parker Ranch with Pu’u Hoku’ula in the distance in order to give some perspective on the location of the home here in Waimea.
If you’d like to see more images of this home you can see pictures in Clark Realty’s Luxury Portfolio http://bit.ly/R8Ppel
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Gorgeous sunset at the Mauna Kea Resort this past Monday. I love it when all the elements of my fine art photography come together when shooting real estate/architecture!
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It was a very dark night at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I knew the Moonrise was at 9:39 PM so I decided to hike along the coast to grab some shots of the ocean with the cliffs and Moonlight.
It was very difficult hiking along the coastal lava plain because it is very hard to see with the black lava etc. After setting up for this shot, being all alone, I was startled out of my skin by some nesting seabirds below me on the cliff!!!
Off in the distance you can also see the lava glowing and reflecting on the clouds as it comes down the pali.
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It was a blustery evening with driving rain and the hopes of capturing another Moonbow looked dismal. As I left my house I could see the bright moonlight from a 98% full moon still relatively low in the sky, but it was very windy and rainy, mainlanders might call this rain “blasting rain” but here in Waimea we call this type of wind driven rain Kipu’u’pu’u rain.
The name Kipu’u’pu’u comes from long ago when Kamehameha needed more spear fighters and having heard of a company of twelve hundred young men of Waimea who were trained runners he went up the hill to Waimea to see these warriors. Kamehameha was pleased with their swiftness and knew that they would make excellent spear fighters. These warriors called themselves the Kipu’u’pu’u after the icy cold stinging rain of their homeland.
Last night was certainly a fine example Kipu’u’pu’u rain with winds easly at 35 to 40 mph. As I took this shot I could barely stand and I was a little skeptical if I could even get a shot.
After capturing three shots of the Moonbow I was completely soaked on my backside from the driving rain and I was freezing cold from the 3500 feet in elevation even though I had jeans and a sweatshirt on!
Click here for another picture of a Moonbow from last year!
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The Hokuloa Church was erected through the inspiration of Christian faith instilled in Hawaiians by the Rev. Lorenzo Lyons (1807-1886), an American Congregational missionary who came to this island in 1832. The church structure now stands as a tribute to his labors which began in the village of Puako about 1835.
Some history of Puako from The Puako Store Website
The Puako area, in the times of the Hawaiian monarchy, was called Lalamilo and was part of a wedge shaped (ahupuaha) land division of the government (crown) land of Waimea in the district of South Kohala. The earliest written documentation about Puako comes from William Ellis during his 1823 circumnavigation of the Island. Lorenzo Lyons, the missionary who came to Waimea in 1934, had Puako as part of his parish, and the entire village of 60 people built the Hokuloa Church in 1852. The Chapel still stands, but the accompanying coral and limestone schoolhouse was lost to the 1946 tidal wave.
No one knows the native origins of the Puako name, but the area was named before William Ellis and Rev. Lyons arrived and written as Puakoo, Puakou and Puako. Old timers also suggest it was named for the tassling sugar can, an indigenous plant of Hawaii. Puakou, possibly speaking for the beautiful orange flower of the large and shady Kou trees which lined Puako Bay until the kiawe edged them out, is another possibility.
The first known photograph of Puako was taken in 1859 during the low flank eruption of Mauna Loa when an enormous cinder cloud hovered over a village of 15 to 20 grass-roofed homes and the church.
From the 1900 to 1914, John Hind of Kohala had a sugar plantation on the plains behind Puako. Initially, the harvest was excellent, but the source of water became erratic and the soil salinity could not be controlled. The mill was at #78 Puako and train tracks were laid along the beach to haul cane. The tracks are still visible in spots, but are covered at high tide, as the beach was 30 feet wider at that time. Originally, mules pulled the sugar carts, but a modern steam engine, names Puako, was specially built and put in service.
Until the 1950s, Puako was accessible only by boat, and by the trail known as the Kings Highway, which could then be followed all the way to Kona. Several konani game boards can be found etched in the black lava on the beaches, and a field of some 3,000 petroglyphs of great variety and mystery is not far inland from the community. Puako has long held “mana” and a sense of importance far beyond its recorded status.
In 1952, the county began selling lots along what was then a narrow dirt road. Puako was undeveloped and undesirable to some, while a lure of great magnitude to others. For all who came to see their purchase in 1952, it was a kiawe jungle; the beaches was often inaccessible for weeks as new residents cut and fought and cleared their way towards the sea. Few lots sold initially, and a second auction was held later. The initial lots sold for $300 to $1,000.
Forty-five years have passed since development began in much the same warmth and gentle weather pattern so admired in the islands. When catching the onshore breezes from the ocean, or the scented trades from the mountains, life at Puako is pleasant almost beyond all description. Puako is the area with the least amount of annual rainfall on the island and some say, the most sunshine.
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On February 18th 2012 I looked up towards Mauna Kea (13,796 ft.) and saw this most unusual cloud formation, it looked like a seashell, cork screw or a spiral? I looked and looked for other cloud formations similar, but I could not find any?
Anyway, I thought it was really cool!!!
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The Green Flash
I have personally seen the green flash dozens of times. Once you know what to look for all you need is an unobstructed horizon!! Easier said than done, but if you are patient you will see one.
When you have the unobstructed horizon (Many times you think you might have a clear horizon only to find out right as the sun sets there is a cloud!) you must wait till the very last portion of the sun is about to go down. Don’t stare too long at the sun before though!
This image was taken with a 350mm lens on a tripod at ISO 320 f/5.6 at 1/160
Here is what Wikipedia has to say:
Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that occur shortly after sunset or before sunrise, when a green spot is visible, usually for no more than a second or two, above the sun, or it may resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset point. Green flashes are a group of phenomena stemming from different causes, and some are more common than others. Green flashes may be observed from any altitude (even from an aircraft). They usually are seen at an unobstructed horizon, such as over the ocean, but are possible over cloud tops and mountaintops as well.
Green flashes are enhanced by mirage, which increase the density gradient in the atmosphere and therefore, increase refraction. A green flash is more likely to be seen in clear air, when more of the light from the setting sun reaches the observer without being scattered. One might expect to see a blue flash, but the blue is preferentially scattered out of the line of sight, and remaining light ends up looking green.
With slight magnification a green rim on the top of the solar disk may be seen on most clear-day sunsets, although the flash or ray effects require a stronger layering of the atmosphere and a mirage, which serves to magnify the green from a fraction of a second to a couple of seconds.
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Hey its not often you or even your pictures get on The Weather Channel, but that is exactly what happened on the morning of February 27th when I saw my pictures featured on the Weather Channel’s Morning Update on TV!
This is a screen shot of the picture on their website!
Anyway, it just goes to show you, if you have fun what you are doing, fun things happen!! I couldn’t have done this alone, so a big Mahalo goes out to Brenda Salgado, Malika Dudley and Rich Meiers of KGMB Hawaii News Now, thank you very much!!
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The world’s tallest mountain you say?
Well yes! Most mountains are measured at their base, which happens to be sea level. What if you measured a mountain from where it began its life as is the case with volcanoes? Mauna Kea is a massive volcano here on the Big Island that began its early days at the bottom of the ocean some 15,000 below sea level!! Even if it just barely made it above sea level, it would still be a big mountain in its own respect, but the story doesn’t end there!
Mauna Kea is so massive and heavy it actually bends the earths crust another 3,000 feet! Mauna Kea rises 18,000 feet to just reach sea level! She didn’t stop there though, layer after layer of lava, like a giant wedding cake, she reached a magnificent height of 13,796 feet above sea level!! Let’s do the math, 18,000 + 13,796 is almost 32,000 feet! That is taller than Mt. Everest at just over 29,000 feet!
Mauna Kea had glaciers!! Glaciers you say? 15,000 years ago when the Earth was much cooler Mauna Kea had a glacier some 25 square miles and around 500 feet thick. You can see glacial moraines, rocks with glacial striations on Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea even erupted underneath the glacier creating massive melting of the glacier and the subsequent run off eroded the side of the mountain creating gulches, a well know gulch called Pohakuloa Gulch can be seen from the Saddle Road. Since that time the Earth has warmed back up melting the glacier on the summit. Mauna Kea still gets snow each year, some more than others. In college I was the Vice President of the University of Hawaii Ski Club!
Mauna Kea has a lake on it! A lake you say? Lake Waiau, which is at 13,024, makes it the 7th highest lake in the United States!
Bugs with Antifreeze? Just when you thought you’d heard everything…. The Wekiu bug likes to eat its food frozen, it waits for bugs from lower elevations to get blown to the summit area where the freeze. The Wekiu bug then sucks their blood out! How does the Wekiu Bug keep from freezing? It has antifreeze in its blood!
Dark Matter and Black Holes? Mauna Kea is the best place in the world for viewing the night sky and is home to 13 observatories. Mauna Kea is the choice place because of two primary reasons, its altitude making the summit area above the weather below keeping the summit clear for viewing. The second reason is there isn’t much light pollution hear on the Big Island.
Of the many observatories the Keck Observatory really stands out, being responsible for many breakthrough discoveries, such as the detection of planets outside our solar system and direct evidence for a model of the Big Bang theory. This instrument has detected more extrasolar planets than any other in the world. In the near future there are plans to build the World’s largest telescope called the TMT or Thirty Meter Telescope.
Aside from all the facts and figures, Mauna Kea is a beautiful and majestic mountain. It has so many moods and it changes daily with its various clouds and colors. No matter where you are on the island each angle has its own unique profile. Even Captain Cook back in 1778 marveled at the snow-covered peaks here in the tropics.
This image was taken from Mauna Loa at 11,000 feet looking across to Mauna Kea. That morning there was a really big snowstorm, which kept the Mauna Kea summit road from opening, so I opted to see if I could get a picture from a different vantage point.
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Finally got some snow and rain here in Waimea!
This has been a strange winter. December started out very cold and wet with some snow on our mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (Both mountains/volcanoes are just under 14,000 ft.) and from the end of December till today we have had very little rain. It was starting to get a little scary with brush fires around the island, something that is more common at the end of summer.
What we got this morning is great, but continue to pray for more rain and snow for our island, ranches and farms.
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What is it about seeing a bird on the back of a cow (Bull in the case) that brings a smile to one’s face?
Taken in North Kohala near Pololu Valley, Big Island.
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Two Secrets to Great Sunset Images
- Don’t actually take pictures of the sunset!
Yup, that’s it.
You’ve been there, you are on vacation at some tropical paradise and everyone gathers to watch the sunset, maybe even see the “Green Flash” but as soon as the sun goes below the horizon everyone leaves because supposedly the main event is over. (I know you have done this!)
Sure, now you have a picture of the big yellow ball of fire on the horizon, but the magic is just beginning and it is called Twilight, that magical time between day and night.
There are technically three phases of Twilight.
Civil Twilight- This is the brightest phase of twilight and it lasts when the sun just dips below the horizon until it is 6 degrees below. The light tends to have very soft hues of yellows and pinks giving images that “glow.” Be very focused during this phase because the light will be changing rapidly. During Civil Twilight it is possible to take pictures without a tripod.
Nautical Twilight- This phase occurs when the Sun is between 6 and 12 degrees below the horizon. Primary colors are deep blue. This is the time frame when the balance of natural light and city lights becomes a potential object of focus. A tripod is necessary during Nautical Twilight.
Astronomical Twilight- This phase occurs when the Sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon. Night occurs quickly during this phase. Here cityscapes really can stand out. The sky will still have some light, but it is very dark blue. The brightest stars and planets are also visible during this phase. A tripod is necessary during Astronomical Twilight.
This series of images was taken in Waikiki this past October. Each picture is separated by about 15 minutes! During the time frame when the sun was actually setting there were all kinds of people in my location including another photographer taking wedding pictures. As soon as the sun set everybody left (Which is fine by me!). That is when the show really got interesting if you ask me!! Also of note, I am actually facing opposite the sunset. Choose an interesting subject like a cool looking tree, a building, moving water etc. and then wait for the sky to change colors!
Lastly, I hope my blog entry will inspire you to think differently about sunset pictures. Getting these types of images takes commitment because it will be long after dinnertime and you will have to lug around a heavy bulky tripod. Hopefully you will come away with some unique images and be the envy of your Facebook friends!
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I was down at the Mauna Lani shooting this morning and saw quite a few whales and at least 10 breaches. Most of the activity was pretty far away then I spotted Adventure X Rafting Whale Tours. I knew then they must see some whales so I waited patiently for some action. Sure enough a Humpback Whale breeched right in front of the boat and I was lucky to capture the whole thing!
The North Pacific Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii each November through late April to mate and spend the winter. They travel over 4000 miles to Hawaii!! The area of the West coast of the Big Island is a great place for the whales because there is a shelf that is roughly 250 feet from the Kona Airport to Kohala. To put it simply it is a perfect nursery for the baby whales!
So if you are coming to visit the Big Island or you are a local, I strongly recommend Adventure X Rafting Whale Watch tours! Give them a call at 808-937-7245 and tell them Ethan sent you!
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The Eva Parker Woods Cottage was built by Frank Woods and Eva, the descendants of John Palmer Parker, who founded Parker Ranch. The Cottage is located at the Mauna Lani Resort here on the Big Island.
Over half a century ago, the late Francis H. I’i Brown, a sportsman and socialite with royal Hawaiian lineage, acquired the fishponds and surrounding lands from the family of Eva Parker Woods. A man equally at home in the worlds of black tie and fast cars, Brown treasured Kalahuipua’a as a retreat from the demands of urban life: a place to fish, talk story; a place where he could reach back to the simpler lifestyle of his royal Hawaiian ancestors. He spent the most time here with his sweetheart, Winona Love, the acclaimed Hawaiian hula dancer.
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The weather in Waimea throughout the month of January has been nothing less than spectacular. After about two weeks of heavy rains in the month of December the Pu’u or hills above Waimea have really “greened” up.
From left to right are Pu’u Laelae (Clear hill), Pu’u Pelo (Turned over hill) and Pu’u Hoku’ula (Hill of the red star).
The rain is good news for our Ranches as the grass has become very thick and green for the cattle and other livestock. The other plant that does well with the rains is the Fireweed with its beautiful yellow flowers, which you can see in this image especially in the section above and adjacent to Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
The bad news is the Fireweed is considered very invasive and is on the Hawaii State Noxious Weed List. Fireweed is toxic to livestock when eaten and causes slow growth, illness, liver malfunction and even death in severe cases. It was discovered in Hawaii pastures in the early 1980s.
The Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture is working on a biological control by way of a moth that feeds on the plant…. Secusio extensa. The alternative is to use a lot of pesticide, repeatedly and extensively. Seeds can stay viable for years in the soil.
For now enjoy the views.
My Mom and I got up at 5:30 AM this morning to go take pictures of Sunrise at Pololu Valley. While I was shooting I couldnt help notice her just mesmerized by the beginning of a new day!
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I was down at Kawaihae to photograph a (hopefully) spectacular sunset, but the VOG (Volcanic Originated Gasses) ended up obscuring the sun so much it wasn’t very bright or vibrant. When I got on the computer to edit the images I noticed some dots within the picture of the Sun. Turned out every picture had the same dots? I thought at first it might be dust on the sensor, but the dots were too small, then I considered they might be sunspots? I decided to check NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory and sure enough the spots lined up perfectly of the last sunspot picture!!
Close up of Sun. Sunspots can be seen at 12 o’clock and 7 o’clock.
NASA picture of the Sun on January 4th 2012
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Last bit of moon before the full eclipse.
Lunar Eclipse at its peak. (Jupiter in the lower left)
Keck Observatory using a laser for adaptive optics. Moon 85%
International Space Station as it went by at 5:09AM in the NNE
Orion to the left of the moon. Foreground is Subaru, Keck and NASA Infrared Observatories.
A little twilight coming in from the east and moonlight shining on Gemini Observatory. Just to the left of the observatory is the Southern Cross
Sunrise coming, the city of Hilo below. One person on the summit.
A group up at the very summit of Mauna Kea, 13,796 feet.
Moon was so full and bright. I hadn’t noticed in the dark that I parked on a rock. Notice the rear right tire? LOL
Full moon set with summit observatory complex in the foreground. Pu`u Poli`ahu on the left is just getting lit by the sun.
Full moon set above the shadow of MaunaKea. Subaru on the left and Keck I on the right.
Surreal to Sublime – Lunar Eclipse to Full Moon Set
After a lot of deliberation on the best location to see the eclipse I decided on heading up to the summit of the 13,796-foot summit of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea. The peak time for the eclipse was at 4:15 AM, which meant I would need to get up at 2:15AM to get up to the summit in time. I also had to prepare for the viewing conditions at the summit and I knew it would be cold so I put on my ski pants and gathered my gloves, hat and ski jacket.
The hour drive up to the mountain was easy enough and I engaged my four-wheel drive as I went past the already busy Visitor Center and headed up the 5-mile road to the summit. As I past 11,000 feet the temperature dropped to below freezing and reached the summit at around 3:50AM where the temperature was “balmy” Hawaiian 25 degrees Fahrenheit. I knew based on where the moon would be during the eclipse that a better juxtaposition to get some of the telescopes in the foreground would be from the Canada France Hawaii Observatory. There was only one other vehicle there and it was a fellow photographer. He was from the Subaru Observatory and he was doing the same thing I was doing, getting his telescope in the foreground of the eclipse.
By the time I got out of my vehicle the moon only had a tiny sliver of unobstructed surface. I started to feel a little panicky, as I had to get my cameras set up and then pray I was in the right location! One thing is for sure, when taking pictures at almost 14,000 feet your brain doesn’t think clearly. I kept forgetting things; first I forgot my remote shutter release cable, then my gloves, then my other camera etc? After several trips back and forth to my vehicle wear my gear was located I finally got my act together and got both cameras set up and started taking the long exposures.
The view truly was surreal with the lights of Waimea and Hilo below and the stars were just amazing. I could see Orion, the Southern Cross, several shooting stars streaked across the sky and of course the moon was beginning to turn red with a hint of blue, but it was absolutely freezing up there. I made the mistake of repositioning my METAL tripod with bare hands and it ended up being very painful.
Once the moon was in total eclipse I took several close up shots of the moon and I felt quite pleased with the results. I then wanted to get some shots of the Observatories in the foreground and the Keck Observatory had their sodium (reddish) laser pointed up and to the north in the viewing area so I framed the shot to capture the moon within the scene.
After shooting the moon I then recalled that the International Space Station would be coming up at 5:09 AM in the North North Eastern sky so I moved my camera over to the north side of the Canada France Telescope and waited patiently. Then, all of a sudden, the ISS appeared in the sky. I repositioned my camera and then I hit the shutter and as soon as I did that a huge shooting star streaked across the sky!! Too cool!
As the moon reappeared the dawn twilight began to come up and while most viewers headed to the east side of the summit to watch the sunrise which was looking un-dramatic I headed to the west side of the summit and trained my cameras on the full moon set just above the shadow cast by the Mauna Kea. The colors were just so creamy and sublime with a hint of purples and light blues. It was a neat contrast against the red cinder at the summit. There was about 5 minutes of just really neat color and hues and I was totally in the zone! Like all good things, the show came to and end and the moon set below the horizon. Whew! The few of us that stayed to watch the moon set all had big smiles on our faces! 🙂
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The story of Kukahau`ula and Poli`ahu
In the story, Kukahau`ula — Ku, a deity representing the male force in the form of the rising sun — pursues Poli`ahu, the woman of the mountain. In Ku’s constant pursuit of Poli`ahu he is constantly thwarted by frost, snow and freezing rain. When Ku finally embraces his lover Poli`ahu with his brilliant pink robe the glorious pink light is cast over the summit of Mauna Kea.
Each time you see this glow over the summit of Mauna Kea think of these two lovers embracing.
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It was a perfect evening for the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Parker School here in Waimea on the Big Island. Residents of all ages showed up and watched the tree lighting at 6:30 PM and then enjoyed hot cocoa, Christmas Carols and a talk story of Christmases past!!
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My loyal furry friends always come running to say hello when I come visit. These guys have to be the nicest horses and donkey I know!
I have a big bag of carrots ready for my next visit. Do you think they would be pleased to see me even more?
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After a great long Thanksgiving weekend out in Volcano with friends I came home to Waimea to a most spectacular sunset, one of those sunsets that is really impossible to capture exactly the way it was that evening.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
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I was in Waikiki to photograph Diamond Head for a private client and as I walked by the Royal Hawaiian the clouds and sky were so dramatic.
What is it about the Royal Hawaiian Hotel that brings a smiles to people’s faces? Nostalgia of old Hawaii, the color of the hotel, the Mai Tais? Whatever it is, it is a beautiful hotel right on the beach in Waikiki.
I have never stayed at the hotel, have any of you?
Here is a brief history of the hotel.
One of the first hotels established in Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is considered one of the flagship hotels in Hawaii tourism. It opened its doors to guests on 1 February 1927 with a black tie gala attended by over 1,200 guests. The hotel quickly became an icon of Hawaii’s glory days. It was the Hawaii residence or Western White House of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and boasts the bar that invented the Shirley Temple cocktail (as does Chasen’s restaurant).
The Royal Hawaiian closed on 1 June 2008 for a complete renovation. The property reopened on 20 January 2009 as a member of The Luxury Collection Resort division of Starwood Hotels.
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I woke up early this morning and began making my coffee to start the day and saw this really cool looking cloud beginning to be highlighted by the morning sun. I ran and grabbed my camera and tripod and set up in my front yard. Granted, this isn’t some cool mountain shot etc., but the sunrise was so pretty!
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I am happy to say that my Alma Mater is going strong after the 26 years since I walked across the stage for graduation in 1985. I got up early this past Sunday and decided to see if I could get some pictures of my school. It isn’t often you can find the school quiet as there is always some activity in and around the school.
A little history of Parker School- Parker School opened its doors in 1976 after community leaders, including Richard Smart, wanted to serve the area’s high school students and the students whose parents worked on Parker Ranch.
In order to best serve the community, there were to be no restrictions as to race, creed or geographic location of residence, and tuition was to be held at a reasonable amount. Initially, the school was opened to serve grades 9 through 12.
Middle school grades were added in 1977 and, in 2005, Parker School became a full curriculum school with the addition of kindergarten through 5th grade. Parker School continues to grow as Waimea, and its needs, grow. In 2007, a new, beautiful Lower School campus was opened.
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This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks and one of my favorite places to hike. I didn’t get a chance to hike it this trip, but if you are on Oahu you need to put that on your list of things to do! Go early in the day as it gets hot climbing the 175 steps and zig zagging trail. If you are afraid of the dark I would bring a flashlight too. You will be rewarded with one of the best views on the island.
Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. These “diamonds” were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value. Another story I have heard is there used to be a Chinese Produce store nearby and they used to sell cabbage for “dime a head!!” Ok, I know that is cheesy, but it is still funny.
Diamond Head Crater was formed during the Honolulu Volcanic Series or post erosional phase of volcanism. Diamond Head was built by hydromagmatic explosions that ripped through 200,000 year old coral reefs and Ko‘olau basalt. As a result, you can see pieces of coral mixed in the tuff of the cone! The eruption most likely occurred in a very short period of time from days to perhaps a month.
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I was asked to photograph the most prestigous property at the Four Seasons Hualalai. It is an amazing house with stunning views of the ocean, golf course and beach!
Here is a image tour of the property.
Woke up this morning and got an email from a friend saying there was snow on Mauna Kea!! I didn’t see that coming! That is two snowfalls this summer one on June 4th/5th and one today September 15th! Thanks Paula for the heads up!
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The Sun had just set as we stood on the summit of Mauna Kea at 13,796 feet, we decided to dash over to the Eastern sky to see if Mauna Kea was still casting a shadow below. What we saw instead was Earth casting its shadow towards the sky; we were literally on the edge of day and night.
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I want to thank all of my family and friends (and those who were there in spirit) who came out last night for the reception!! It was a great night with lots of fine art and conversation!!
If you missed the reception the show will be on display until September 29th
Wailoa Art Center Hours are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm; Wednesday noon–4:30 pm; Closed Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays
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I was headed home after a meeting down at Hualalai and noticed the light was looking nice. I happened to have my camera with me so I took a drive out between Kohala Mountain and Mauna Kea. The thing that struck me is how dry it has gotten in the last month and half. The mountain was aching for the rain and snow of winter.
As the sun went down the light grew very dramatic with these beams of light shooting up along the elliptic. I wasn’t sure if the subtle color would render, but as you can see it did!
If you looking for something to do this evening I am showing my images at the “Big Island Style” Art show! There will be eleven other fine artists showing their work as well so come on down and enjoy some art and light Pupu’s then go to a movie or dinner after!
The Show is at the Wailoa Center from 5 to 7PM. Hope to see you there.
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Sunrise looking over at Maui.
Sunrise light and the water from a heart on the shore of Kiholo
Sunset my first night at Kiholo
Sunset my second night. I like the way the ocean is spraying in the foreground.
After photographing the sunset I fired up my grill and had some grass fed big island beef. So ono!
The Big Dipper pointed the way to the North Star or Polaris. I took a very long exposure at 6 and half minutes.
Here you can see the Milky Way going up vertically. The lights in the foreground look like lava flows but it is Waikoloa Village and Resort.
Sunrise on day two. The color lasted about 2 minutes. It was time for coffee after shooting.
Kiholo Bay (Kiholo means fish hook and probably comes from the shape of the bay which resembles a wooden fish hook used to catch large fish) is a beautiful and historic place. It is located within the Ahupua’a (Land Division) of Pu’u Wa’awa’a on the West side of the island of Hawaii.
Kiholo has been residence of many chiefs and a primary fishing village including Chief Kamanawa and his twin brother Kame‘eiamoku. Both chiefs were very powerful and were said to be “uncles” of Kamehameha I. It is these two chiefs whom appear on the official shield of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Kamanawa and Kame‘eiamoku would be closely bound with the history of the Hawaiian Islands during the period of the rise of Kamehameha I. Presumably, whoever had control over the leeward ports of the Island of Hawai‘i would play an important part in the history of the Islands during this early historical period. As it was, that role fell to Kamehameha, Kamanawa, Kame‘eiamoku, and Ke’eaumoku.
As time went on Kamehameha’s power grew and he decided to have the fishponds restored at Kiholo. It was this source of food derived from the fishponds that helped Kamehameha support his vast fleet of canoes/warriors on their conquest of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands and finally uniting the islands under one rule by King Kamehameha the Great.
The fishponds were said to have encompassed a diameter of 2 miles with walls 6 feet high above the water with 20-foot thick walls. One pond south of Kiholo was threatened and then destroyed by the 1801 lava flow from Hualalai, but the flow stopped short of Kiholo. Then in 1859 Mauna Loa erupted from some 33 miles away and lava traveled that distance in 8 days and the flow completely destroyed the large fishpond, which created a new coastline.
Since the time of the destruction of the fishponds the area has had very little development as much of the land under private ownership. Only a few residences exist to this day, thus it remains a very peaceful place.
After spending the prior few weeks intensely preparing for my Art Show, I felt that I needed some Rest and Relaxation. The weather was looking really good and it was during the week and thus it would be un-crowded so I decided to spend some time camping down at Kiholo. I have been to Kiholo many times, but had never gone camping so I was really excited to get down there.
My time down there was rejuvenating and I had a wonderful time swimming in the ocean, watching the Green Sea Turtles, the sunsets and sunrises, the kite surfers and just enjoyed looking at the myriad of stars at night under a moonless sky. I did, however, get the feeling that many people had been here before me, I could feel their presence or spirit, nothing sinister or evil just all encompassing and it gave me a real sense of respect for this place.
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I was looking through some files from a few years ago and came across one of my favorite pictures of a female Bald Eagle at Lake Texoma in North Texas.
While living in Texas I became fascinated by Bald Eagles. Each fall and winter the Eagles would migrate from up North to spend the winter in Texas. This particular Eagle I had been photographing for the prior 4 years and after a while I think she finally got used to me, another advantage was shooting from my boat. Eagles don’t seem to associate danger when in a boat. Finally, after years of trying to get the perfect Eagle picture all things came together. I had the right lens, a Canon 600mm F/4, the right camera, a Canon 1Ds Mark III and perfect calm sunny weather.
As I approached with my boat in the shallow water she took a look at me, but didn’t’ seem to mind my presence. I felt as though we had connected and she knew I meant no harm. Slowly I maneuvered my boat and began shooting. Ideally when shooting with such a long lens you would want to put the rig on a sturdy tripod, but that isn’t possible on a boat that is floating! So I had to manhandle the lens and camera and rest it on my windshield and try to steady the shot. From the moment I took the first few shots I knew I would capture something I had been trying to get for a long time!
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Many people visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and dream about seeing lava flowing down the side of the volcano and or an ocean entry with its dramatic steam cloud ascending into the sky. For sure, all dramatic events that do occur at the Park, but Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate!
Lately the lava erupting from Kilauea has confined itself within Pu’u O’o crater/vent and up at the summit where a lava lake is deep within a 500 ft diameter near-vertical vent inset within the east wall and floor of Halema`uma`u Crater. I have many friends and potential visitors say they heard “nothing” is going on, but I can assure you that there is much going on within Kilauea. Soon there will be lava flowing on the surface, but until then don’t miss out on seeing the dramatic glow up at the summit from the Jagger Visitor Center!
Ideally you ought to get to Jagger Visitor Center just as the sun is setting, as I write this that is around 7PM. As the light fades in the sky the otherwise hidden glow from the lava lake slowly begins to show its intensity. The evening I took these pictures the glow was very bright as the lava lake is very active and close to the surface right now. You could hear the lava churning inside the 500-foot diameter crater bubbling and churning even though you stand almost a mile away! Very cool!!
So go spend an afternoon playing at the park then head over to Volcano Village and grab dinner from many of the fine restaurants then go back into the park in time to see the Sun’s light fade and the glow increase from the lava within Kilauea!
Suggestions for taking images of the glow:
- Put your camera on a tripod or rest on the wall at the lookout.
- Set your camera on manual focus (DSLR)
- Set ISO to 800+
- Set camera to Manual
- Shutter speed at 10-30 seconds
- F-Stop should be relatively wide open at f/4
- Gently press shutter and let don’t touch or move camera while it takes the exposure.
- Good luck! And lets see those shots!
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Stunning and remote Waipio Valley.
The place name means “Curved Water” and certainly it is water that created this valley, rivers eroding Kohala Mountain over the last 450,000 years, the ocean once filled the valley when the level was higher and in recent history both in 1946 and 1960 the valley was inundated by devastating tsunamis.
The valley is often referred to as the Valley of the Kings as it was the capital and permanent residence of many early Hawaiian aliʻi (kings).
Today almost 2000-foot valley walls surround this lush valley, home to around 50 people. Many waterfalls cascade down these valley walls including Hiilawe Falls, which is around 1500 feet high! The only way down is with a 4-wheel drive on the steepest road in the United States at a maximum grade of 45 degrees! Unless you feel like hiking!!!
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The Moon shining through the Koa Trees with my tent in the foreground.
The eerie shadows cast by the moon or were they the Nightmarchers?
A group of us all went camping up to Keanakolou Cabins. Keanakolou (The Three Caves) is about 25 miles, about an hour and a half, northeast of Waimea off a bumpy and dusty 4-wheel drive road. Needless to say the place is isolated, no power, phone, light etc.
There are several cabins at Keanakolu, but I opted to sleep in my tent to hopefully get some shots of the stars and moon etc. Besides who could resist the cool mountain air and only the sound of the wind? I set up my tent at the edge of the Koa forest; the others all bunked together about a football field away inside the main cabin.
On the second night we all turned in pretty early after hiking etc and I headed down to my tent around 10pm. It didn’t take long to fall asleep, but I ended up waking at around 1 am as nature was calling. I reluctantly crawled out of my warm cozy nest and stepped into the cool and windy night. The moon was very bright and shinning through the old Koa trees casting some eerie shadows and the wind was stirring robustly. The stars were also very bright, looking like diamonds, even though the moon was so bright. One of my philosophies about my photography is to always make the extra effort and get the difficult shot. At this particular moment, the last thing I wanted to do was get my camera and tripod out and take some pictures, but that is what I opted to do.
Thoughts about being all alone in the middle of nowhere started to dominate my psyche and I began to remember the stories about the Nightmarchers (My best friend Jonah used to tell stories about hearing the Nightmarchers when he was hiking back from Waimanu Valley.). According to Hawaiian legend, night marchers (huaka‘i po in Hawaiian) are ghosts of ancient warriors. They supposedly roam large sections of the island chain, and can be seen by groups of torches. They can usually be found in areas that were once large battlefields. Legend has it that if you look a night marcher straight in the eye, you will be forced to walk among them for eternity, but if you have a relative taken by them, you will be spared. Hawaiians say that in the presence of night marchers, one should lie down on their stomach, face down to avoid eye contact, stay quiet, breathe shallowly, and don’t move. Some say that they may nudge you to provoke a reaction so they can take you.
After getting several long exposures I had to keep telling myself to just relax, that it was only my mind that was scaring me. Luckily there were no Nightmarchers this time… just in my mind.
What would you do if you heard the Nightmarchers? Do you have any stories about them? Leave a comment!
Mahealani contacted me to do some “Sexy I Love Being Forty” photographs so we set out one morning really with no agenda and just followed our instincts on light etc. We found a couple cool locations to shoot up off of Saddle Road and I think we got some fun stuff. Most of all, we had a good time and I think that shows. So if you would like to do a similar type of shoot and are not afraid to lie in the middle of the road, give me a call!!
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Waimea’s beloved Kohala Mountain as taken from the plains of Mauna Kea on Parker Ranch. Kohala is the only extinct volcano on the Big Island and last erupted over 60,000 years ago and is about 450,000 years old. The mountain is close to 5,500 feet tall. There is no literal Hawaiian translation for Kohala, which is the name of a district of northern Hawai`i.
This image compiled using eight separate images and stitched together. Click on picture to see a larger version.
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More cool clouds last night above the Big Island. This year seems like we have had a lot of high clouds forming laminar layers.
I was headed up Kawaihae Road from a photo assignment and saw these high clouds above Waimea so I cruised over to Church Row . The first picture is of Imiola Church (Circa 1855). http://imiolachurch.com/# The second picture is Ke Ola Mau Loa Church or fondly named the “Green Church”
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We began our adventure from Saddle Road around 6,000 feet to circumnavigate Mauna Kea on the Kahinahina “Road.” Kahinahina is Hawaiian for silversword . We started our drive at around 1:30 and drove all the way to our overnight stay at Pu’u Kaluamakani arriving at around 5 pm. After watching the sunset and then the amazing stars we fell asleep in our tents. The night air got pretty cold! We all awoke to a beautiful morning and had some strong coffee and breakfast all the while watching our native birds the Amakihi forage in the Mamane and plumb trees next to our camp. The next leg our our trip would take us from 7,500 feet to around 9,500 heading around the northern part of Mauna Kea. The going was pretty slow as the road was pretty gnarly in places. We saw one vehicle parked during our entire drive and one vehicle on the road and a total of two people over the two days on the road. All in all it was a great time with some great friends.
This was at the end of the trip after I connected with the Mauna Kea Access Road. I was coming down the hill and noticed the (never before seen) penumbra or Earth’s shadow at sunset.
Almost home after our camping trip I came upon Pu’u Nohona o Hae and the crescent Moon above.
It was so dark at night and the stars were unbelievable. You may not be able to discern the Milky Way in the small image, but you can see the lights of my 4Runner.
Our overnight stay in a Pu’u included ripe sweet plumbs. We were at about 7,600 feet elevation.
Our “Hotel” room view was great for sunset. Maui is to the right of the sun just barely above the clouds.
Rounding the North side of Kahinhina Road. We are at around 9,500 feet. Below would be Lapahoehoe. Not shown in this picture is a plane crash on the side of a cinder cone on Mauna Kea at 11,300 feet. A Navy pilot in 1971 crashed his jet and died.
Our trip would not have been complete without seeing some Silverswords along the way!
The first day of summer was really quite amazing here in Hawaii Nei. All day there were these very high clouds (Cirrus) and when I got home I just had to grab my camera and take a few shots. I was a little disappointed that the clouds moved in to obscure Mauna Kea, but that just forced me to look for other things. I came across these blooming Yucca and some bright fuchsia Bougainvillea and thought the juxtaposition of the green grass and clouds made for a nice image.
I hope you got to see the clouds today!!
Ran into my friend David (The owner of Hawaii White Mountain Coffee Co.) at the Parker School Farmers Market yesterday. I picked up a bag of his Javaloha Peaberry and thought I would start my day off with a cup of his coffee. This morning it is especially good as the cool misty rains of Waimea have returned! Thanks David for an excellent cup of coffee!!
A little bit about Peaberry coffee, it is the rarest of rare. Only about 6% of all harvested beans are peaberries and the single bean results in a very concentrated flavor. Peaberries form when one of the two halves of the seed develops, thus all the nutrients go into the remaining seed. Because the remaining half gets all of the nutrients the density of the been is more complex thus giving the coffee a wonderful robust flavor. (Here is a diagram of a normal two halved bean)
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I got to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at about 7:30AM and it was one of those rainy days at the park. I decided to heard over to the Jagger Visitor Center to check out the Caldera and use the restroom before a meeting I was scheduled to attend at 8AM. I could see a faint rainbow off to the west as the sun rose, but nothing to really get too excited about. When I came back to my vehicle I again saw the rainbow only now it was way more intense. Frantic to capture the rainbow I also wanted to frame the picture with an Ohia tree etc. After roaming around I finally found some Lehua blooms that would be worthy of a picture! I hope you enjoy. If you would like to purchase this image please go to http://ethantweedie.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Prints/16653856_jRqpmL
My friend Sabrina put together a gathering at her ranch up on Kohala Mountain to celebrate her birthday as well as 6 other June Birthdays including mine!! We met at her house then got into a caravan of 4 wheel drive vehicles and went up the mountain to the edge of the Ohia forest. We all hung out in the mist and sun and had a great time!!!
Thanks Sabrina!!! I can’t wait till next year!
What an amazing birthday to see Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa cover in snow on June 5th!! In fact the mountain got over 8 inches at the summit and the road is closed! I was dreaming of putting my skis on! What a coup that would have been!!!
Tyler Cox rides this bronco like no other! I don’t konw about you, but this has to take a lot of guts to get on a horse or bull and hold on for dear life!! Get R Done!
Taken at the Honoka’a Rodeo Memorial Day 2011
We were on our way to the Honoka’a Rodeo and passed by these cute little lambs. I quickly turned around and headed back to try and get a few images of them. I got off a few frames and then they got up and headed towards “Mama” for some milk!
Sometimes you don’t know where the journey is going to take you. You might come to a fork in the road? Do you listen? Follow your heart and that is the path you should take.
That is my journey.
I took this shot almost a year ago and didn’t do anything with it because there was some other shots I took that at first glance were more compelling, but I had some inspiration to go back and look at the shots from that day and thought this deserved coming out of hiding.
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I left my house not knowing where I was going to go take pictures when I noticed a ton of vehicles at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena. I decided to check and see what was going on!
All the riders where getting ready for the Memorial Day Weekend Rodeo out in Honoka’a. I saw one of my friends Kimo out there so I took a few pictues of him.
I went camping this past weekend at a place called Malaekahana over on the North Shore of Oahu. My friend Tommy brought his canoe Pu’eone and on Saturday we rode the waves just outside the beach break. It was a lot of fun getting back in a canoe again!! I remembered Pu’eone from my paddling days out Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki as Tommy bought the canoe from the club. I asked my friend Tommy if he knew what Pu’eone meant and he didnt know. My friend Mahealani said it meant sand hill or dune and that meaning didn’t quite fit. I then googled the meaning and found some lyrics to a Hawaiian song and the translation in the song said it was like a roller coaster. So that would make sense because this canoe is designed to ride waves or hills of water!! So if that is the case then Pu’eone is a perfect name!
If anyone knows a better translation let me know!
Thanks Tommy for bringing Pu’eone!!
The Koa tree is one of my favorite trees, such a majestic tree. In the highlands you will find this tree covered in lichen like this specimen off Mana Road. You can see the light green lichen reflecting the light of the “Golden Hour”
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Grady about to give a go at the piñata!
Chris at the helm of the piñata controls.
Nothing like a shirt full of candy after the piñata is broken to make a kid smile!
Well we have had some interesting weather patterns here in Hawaii! There has been a cut off low with some very cold temperatures that creates lots of instability and thus we have had a lot of thunder and lightening and snow on our mountains. The sky parted at sunset to reveal the summits of our mountains. Both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa have had snow the last two days in row! This evening a small little rainbow appeared at sunset. So beautiful!!
I was moved last night to grab my camera gear and go find some light. It was around 4:30PM when the light just seemed nice and there was cool high clouds. In my mind I was drawn to this one area in Waimea and I was going to climb a cinder cone that I had never been up. When I got there it didn’t feel right so I turned around and headed down the Upper road towards Kona (190). I pulled into the Waimea Airport and saw our beloved Kohala Mountain lit up like a painting. The second photograph. This image was taken with my Canon 1D Mark IV with a 70-200mm lens and was compiled by taking a total of 10 images and then stitched together. The final image was over 2 gigabytes of data!!! I can see one of my friend’s cars in the image at the soccer field. The image on here is way too small to see that, but on the big screen it is really cool!!
After taking the Kohala shot I headed towards wet Waimea for some Mauna Kea shots but when I got there it was too cloudy so I turned around and headed back to town. I took the new cut off road behind Parker Ranch Center and pulled off the road. I waited for the sun to set and then all the color just disappeared. Some little “voice” said just wait and be patient. So I sat in my car. I checked my email and after several minutes I looked up and there she was, Mauna Kea was surrounded by high clouds that were glowing! This shot was taken with my Canon 1Ds Mark III and was two images stitched together.
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One of my favorite places in Kona, St. Peter’s By The Sea Catholic Church. Here is some more info:
A popular photographic subject on postcards, picturesque St. Peter’s by the Sea Church was built in 1880 across from La‘aloa Beach Park and named after Peter Kahulamu. Noah Kanewa allowed the church to use that initial property. The tiny church was relocated in 1912 to its current location at Kahalu‘u’s Ku‘emanu Heiau, a Hawaiian surfing temple in Keauhou.
Josephine Kaomea Aiu donated “use” of the Kahalu‘u church site. Catholic families in Kahalu‘u “worked together” to erect the church, moving it more than a mile to its present location on donkeys.
Located on the makai side of Ali’i Drive, the church was pushed off its foundation twice by hurricanes. Father Benno Evers added the church’s belfry and porch in 1938. In 2007, St. Peter’s got new flooring, paint and the walls were reinforced. The rock walls outside the church were neatly restacked and fortified with concrete. The street fronting the church is the annual location of Aid Station Run #5 for the Ford Ironman World Championship—a popular spot with spectators.
Sometimes you can look at a picture and just tell it might be a good candidate for BW. I have been getting images ready all day to get printed and came across this picture I took off Hapuna last year and wasn’t inspired by the image when it was in color. It is fun to go back and look at things and re-edit.
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A friend of mine who is involved with many things in our little town of Waimea asked me if I could get some shots of the boot. I was coming back from getting some April snow shots of Mauna Kea and the light seemed good for some boot shots. The boot celebrates the 100 years of since Ikua Purdy won the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in 1908.
Below is some verbiage regarding Cheyenne Rodeo etc.
In July 1908, however, a particular event changed these perceptions of Hawaii. The Cheyenne, Wyoming (“Waiomina” in the Hawaiian language), Frontier Days Rodeo, then in its eleventh year of existence, was known as the greatest and grandest western rodeo. A winner in the Cheyenne competition was acknowledged in American ranching circles as a true champion. In 1908, Eben Low, a Hawaii rancher, picked three of the best Hawaiian cowboy ropers, known as paniolo, that he could find and entered them in the rodeo at Cheyenne. They took first, third, and sixth places in steer roping, and the cowboy world on the continental United States was stunned. It became obvious that the Hawaii men who could win using borrowed horses were expert horsemen and could use well-trained horses that they had trained themselves. Within a year or so, the horses of Hawaii had attracted the critical eyes of the United States military, when the cavalry at that time rode horses and mules instead of four-wheel-drive cargo trucks. By World War II, Hawaii horses were considered better for military purposes than those raised and trained in the continental United States. General George Patton, who later led the United States tank cavalry in World War II, came to Hawaii as a major and bought, trained, and rode Hawaii’s excellent horses.
Lots of storms today and our beloved Mauna Kea got a nice white snow today April 6th 2011!!!! She cleard just enough to get a few pictures this evening.
I have been trying to get an image of the elusive Moonbow for a long time. This evening on the way back from the Volcano there it was!! It was cold, windy and raining but I toughed it out. After getting some images the CF card failed and all the pictures were gone. Undaunted I dug into my camera bag and pulled another card! I had just enough time to get two pictures off before it disapeared!!! Here is what I got!!!!
Camera and Settings
Canon 1Ds Mark III with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L and a Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod and Manfrotto Midi Ball Head.
Image was taken at ISO 1600 at f/2.8 for 30 seconds.
Processed in Lightroom 3 and CS5
There are a few places on this Earth that are just blessed with the right light and amazing colors. Waimea is one of those places. Everyday I pinch myself that I actually live here.
Waimea is “up-country” at an elevation of around 2800 feet it is cooler than down at the ocean. Home to the W.M. Keck, Canada France Hawaii Observatories and Parker Ranch. It has a unique character all its own.
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Roger and Tammy Faye!!
Tammy Faye the Hog
Tammy Faye the Hog
You probably have seen Hog The Bounty Hunter along the highway between the Mauna Lani and Hapuna Beach. I have often wondered what his story is so today I finally had the chance to check him out!
His real name is Roger Downing. He is from Mississippi. Roger is a really nice guy, very smart. Roger told me he is about to close on a place in Ocean View Estates, so in the meantime he has been camping out on this side of the island.
The pig is from Manoa Valley on Oahu. A hunter there shot it with a bow and arrow. He had it stuffed and now carries that pig where ever he goes. Today was funny because the wind was blowing its tail and it looked real! Be sure to stop by and meet Roger and talk story, Roger has many!!
Cynthia Sweeney of Big Island Weekly interviewed Roger. Her article is great!!!! Below is the link.
As I shot Mauna Kea and the cows these birds flew by!!
I have some friends who wanted me to get some pictures of the Cherry Blossoms!! I have been so busy I only caught the tail end!! Better than nothing?
You can’t beat the light in Waimea! Church Row.
A late evening sunset over Buster Brown (Hoku’ula)!
Going up Kohala Mountain Rd. I found some native Morning Glorys! Usually you see them at the beach but there they were with the sunset in the background!!
Coming home from my “day job” you could just see the light was going to be right. i could see a rainbow in Waimea all the way from Kona on the way home. I pulled into my drive way and began to explore. Both cameras on my passanger seat, one with the 70-200 and one with the 16-35 and off I went. These pictures are some of the highlights of the excursion. I hope you enjoy. Please comment if you like what you see!!! I love to get feedback.
Prior to Saturday March 5th many changes occured on the east rift zone of Kilauea. There had been many small earthquakes under the volcano in the area just east of Kilauea Iki. I had noticed the birds were seemingly agitated and thought to myself this is something interesting. Also, churning lava lake inside of Halemau’mau had been steadily rising. Last summer it was generally 500 feet below the rim and most recently it had risin to 230 feet below the rim. That alone was quite spectacular!
Many of us who are regulars in the park felt something was going to happen and it did on March 5th. Around 2:30 in the afternoon the crater floor of Puu O’o vent collapsed. The downstream dike feeding the TEB vent must have gotten blocked so pressures began to build. Shortly after around 5:15 PM the pressue was so great that the magma began to litterally crack the Earth open and what is known as a fissue opened up. A new area of eruption began with a 1.4 mile long fissue with lava being extruded out.
This picture was taken the evening of March 8th just 3 days after the fissure opened up. It is taken to the east looking down the rift zone. In the foreground is the pit crater inside of Halemau’mau that began erupting in March of 2008. The glow on the left is the new fissure it is about 8 miles away as the crow flies. The hill on the horizon is Mauna Ulu.
This is the first time I have ever seen baby turkeys!! There were 5 of these cute things just cruising around this morning. They certainly gave me a nice little chuckle!
The last two weeks we have had a lack of tradewinds our prevailing winds. Without these winds the gasses from the volcano just hang around the island chain making things hazy and dull. I am so ready for our winds to come back. Can you guess where this might be taken from? There is a big clue in the picture if you look close enough.
Red dirt, green grass and a snow covered Mauna Kea. Does it get any better?
I have been going to view the summit eruption of Kilauea for quite some time, but in the last couple weeks many chnages have occured. About two weeks ago there was a relatively large earthquake of 3.5 at the summit created by a collapse of the pit crater. From that time on there have been some very high lava stands. Last night the churning lava within the pit crater was less then 300 feet below the rim, the highest it has EVER been. It was so bright last night, bu the amazing thing was we could hear the lava churning and hissing from a mile away!! That was amazing.
Lastly there were 23 small earthquakes yesterday alone beneath the volcano. The last few times I have been in the park, within the last week, I have noticed the birds flying closer to the ground and more of them. Not sure what is going to happen, but it sure is interesting! Do you think the birds know something??
I was exploring a stream in Waimea and came across this awesome waterfall. I was getting my camera equipment set up and some kids showed up, they were gonna jump!! These two girls jumped at least 35 feet from where they climbed up the side of the waterfall!! Oh how this reminds me of when I was growing up jumping off Anna’s Pond. I remember it clearly, it was like jumping into a pile of car tires! At least that is how I describe it.
I dare you!
Taking a closer look at the Donkeys I noticed some of them have striped legs like Zebra? The sun had gone down this evening on the way back from Waikoloa and the greens in the grasses were so vibrant. The hill or pu’u is named Nohona o Hae.
I am forever blown away by the spirit of Aloha. My good friend and real estate agent, Stacy Disney, (http://stacydisney.com/) brought me some fresh Mahi Mahi and my other friend Mahealani Winters dropped of some of the BEST avocado ever!! I love my friends here on the Big Island, they are the reason I came home to Hawaii. I love you guys.
So I pan seared the Mahi Mahi in olive oil and added some sea salt and black pepper. I also added some Lehua Honey and let in blacken ever so slightly and then let it simmer. I cooked some brown rice and then drizzled the sauce from the Mahi Mahi. For my side salad I sliced the Waimea avocado and sprinkled it with sea salt and fresh black pepper. Simple but so good!
This is Bonnie, my friend Sabrina’s yellow/white lab! Seriously, how cute is she???
Crazy sunrise on Mauna Kea, it was some effect from my lens, but I have never seen that before??
Beautiful snow on Pu’u Ha’u Kea with Mauna Loa in the Distance.
My shadow with moon
The last photo was taken a few hours later at Hapuna Point!!!
What a day!!
The sky was changing so fast and these colors last a mere moments!!
I am always so fullfilled when I am in a place like this, Buster Brown has always been one of my most favorite places to be. The warm sun on my face, the cool trades blowing and the majestic view of Mauna Kea looming in the distance.
This photo of Mauna Kea was taken with 3 separate images using the Canon 1D Mark IV and combined in in CS5. It was shot with the Canon 85mm f 1.2 at f/10 at 1/45 ISO 200 (If you wanted to know!) I hope you like the photo as much as I enjoyed taking the image!!
After a nice snow storm Mauna Kea stayed hidden all day yesterday. She revealed herself briefly this morning just before another storm approaches. These two photos were taken within a few minutes of each other!!
15,000 years ago a glacier sat on top of Mauna Kea. What you are looking at is the glacial moraine at the top of the mountain. Then Mauna Kea erupted under the ice sheet and the melt off created the Pohakuloa Gulch. After the Earth warmed 15,000 years ago the ice melted.
So there I was, heading up the Saddle Road towards Volcano National Park. Camera at the ready searching for Mr or Mrs Pueo. Then I saw what I thought was an owl on the fence and the realized it was a piece of plastic that I have seen caught on the fence. In my mind I had written the Pueo sighting off, then as I passed the piece of plastic that I thought had tricked me was a Pueo!! Quick, reverse!!!!!! My friend stayed long enough for me to take some nice photos in the morning light!!
I was cruising along the Saddle Road just before the 1935 Mauna Loa flow and saw two Nene feeding near the road. I pulled a U-turn and thankfully had my telephoto lens on the camera and ready to go! I was far enough away not to bother them, but close enough to get some excellent shots in the nice morning light. Eventually they made there way beyond where I could see them, but it was a nice treat!!! There are approximately 500 Nene in existence in the Hawaiian Islands.
Nothing could be more fun than seeing my Mom and Stepfather’s faces when I took them to Kiholo Bay!
So I am am sitting at my computer and I look out the window and see Mauna Kea with perfect light cast upon its slopes and I think to myself, “gee how many pictures can I take of this mountain?” Well, I am glad I captured the late summer light because the hues of purple were incredible. I hope you enjoy!! If you like this picture let me know!!
Waimea on the Big Island is a beautiful place. It is situated between Kohala and Mauna Kea at an elevation of 2500 feet which keeps the days and nights cooler than down at the ocean. It is home of Parker Ranch, Canada France Hawaii and Keck Telescope headquarters. A visit to the Big Island isn’t complete without a visit here!
On both sides of the valley there are cliffs reaching almost 2000 feet with hundreds of cascading waterfalls, including one of Hawaii’s most celebrated waterfalls – Hiʻilawe.
Mauna Kea has many different moods. The hue of colors this morning were very relaxing and needed to be captured!! You can see some of the 13 telescopes at the summit. Mauna Kea is the premier location on the planet for viewing the night sky and is home to the largest telescope on the planet the Keck Observatory.
I was down at Kiholo Bay last week and this guy was fishing and caught a puffer fish!! Thought I would get a picture before he threw him back!! What shall we name him??
Pufferfish are poor swimmers, but can quickly ingest huge amounts of water to turn themselves into a virtually inedible ball several times their normal size. To learn more about these guys heard over to National Geo
The summit eruptive vent within Halema`uma`u Crater hosted a lava pond that produced red glow visible from the Jaggar Museum overnight on August 24th 2010. There is some conjecture that since there is degassing which cools the magma before it reaches Pu’u O’o that at some point the dike that feeds the current lavas at TEB will get “clogged” and potentially cause a summit eruption. Of course nobody knows the answer, but it is interesting!! Stay tuned.
I was setting up for this shot of the road and along came a vehicle. My first intuition was get back in my car before I get blasted by dust!! Then I looked at the image through my viewfinder and thought the shot looked a lot cooler with the car blasting down the dusty road!
Kawaihae harbor is the witness to much history here on the Big Island. This is the home of Pu’ukohola Heiau that Kamehameha built. Kapoukahi, a powerful kahuna from Kauai, prophesized that war would end if Kamehameha constructed a heiau dedicated to the war god Ku at Pu’ukohola. All of the stones that were used to build the Heiau were carried man to man from Pololu Valley forming a human chain nearly 25 miles long, the laborers handed the water-worn lava rocks one person to another up and over Kohala Mountain to this site. It is also the location that the young John Parker arrived on a sailing ship bound for China. He liked Hawaii so much in 1809 he decided to hide from his ship in the bushes until the ship was out of site. Eventually John Parker would go on to create one of the oldest and largest cattle ranches in the United States, Parker Ranch.
What a moment! It would be the first time to see this beautiful beach and also the last time, forever.
Sad to watch this beautiful beach disappear right before my eyes. It was obvious that these fellow hikers were also pondering the moment.
July 7th 2010 – Last night I finally got a chance to make it down to Waipio Valley since returning to Hawaii. For those that have never been to Waipio it is like stepping back in time to the old ways of Hawaii. To get into the valley one either must hike down the 2000 foot side of the valley or go by 4 wheel drive. There is a river down the middle of the valley and at the back the valley splits in two. On the left side there is a 1450 foot water fall called Hi’ilawe Falls. There are lots of taro patches and other crops grown on the valley floor. To see the rest of the pictures go to Galleries/Waipio Valley
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This is my first post!!
This photograph of Hapuna Beach was taking shortly after moving back to the Big Island. I had been moving into my new place most of the day and towards the end of the day decided to take a swim down at Hapuna. I had a a great time catching some small waves etc. and when the sun started getting low in the sky I decided to rinse off and walk back to my car and get my tripod and see if I could get a few pictures of the sunset etc. As it turned out the evening was less then stellar for sunset pictures (so I thought).
I made my way over to the north side of the beach on the point in front of the Hapuna Prince Hotel and the light was very flat and dull. As I turned around to look back at Mauna Kea I noticed some clouds were starting to glow red/pink so I started shooting towards the mountain. It was a nice backdrop of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai! It was at the moment I turned back to the west and the whole sky was turning fantastic colors!!! I was honestly speechless after witnessing this grand revelation of color.
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