Sky & Telescope May 2016 Publication

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.   EthanTweediePhotographyThis 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.

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Hana Hou Magazine Cover Dec/Jan 2015

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!

Mauna Kea Image by Ethan Tweedie Photography Featured at the`Imiloa Astronomy Center

Mauna Kea Sunset Panorama 2015

Mauna Kea Sunset Panorama 2015

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.

Ethan

Award Winning Photographer Ethan Tweedie Featured on CNN

My image of Kilauea Volcano was featured as the  lead image in CNN Travel’s article on “10 of the World’s Most Photogenic Volcanoes”!

Here is the full article at CNN

 

Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano

“Moonbow Waimea” Featured in Hana Hou Magazine

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“Moonbow Waimea” by Ethan Tweedie Photography featured in Hana Hou Magazine

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!!!

Mahalo,

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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!!!

Mahalo,

Ethan

Lunar Eclipse Hawaii 2014


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!

Mahalo,

Ethan

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The Winter Side of the Milky Way, Mauna Kea Summit Hawaii

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

Using Time-Lapse Photography to Market Luxury Real Estate

Anekona Estates Lot 2.5 Acres from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

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 
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Porsche and Perseids, Ethan Tweedie Photography Show

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.

 

Hawaii Time-Lapse Photography

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.
Ethan
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Mauna Kea Summit During the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower


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!)

Milky Way Panorama During Perseids Meteor Shower

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.

Enjoy,

Ethan

Big Island Lava Ocean Entry

6AM, 6:30AM and 7AM

 

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.

Ethan

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Happy Halloween From Hawaii!

Ancient Mamane Trees

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.

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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Gorgeous Sunset at the Mauna Kea Resort

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!

Call me if you need a property photographed!

Ethan

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Moonrise and Lava Glow

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.

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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Kohala Mountain Road Moonbow

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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I hope you enjoy.

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Puako Twilight

After a long day of shooting, nice to relax and see our beautiful Hawaiian stars!

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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Spiral Cloud Over Mauna Kea?




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!!!

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan
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Green Flash!

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.[1] 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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Ethan

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The World’s Tallest Mountain, Mauna Kea

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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Ethan

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A Voggy Sunset Reveals Sunspots!!

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!!

Due to the large amount of particles in the sky the sun was dark enough to be able to capture the spots!

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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Surreal to Sublime – Lunar Eclipse to Full Moon Set

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!  🙂

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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Diamond Head and Waikiki

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.

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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Have you ever seen a Moonbow?

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