Luxury Vacation Rental Photography at Kohala Ranch, Hawaii Island

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.

Ethan Tweedie Photography provides luxury vacation rental photography on Hawaii Island (The Big Island), Maui, Kauai, Oahu and most locations in the South Pacific.

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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.

 

Happy Halloween From Hawaii!

Streamside in Sandalwood at Waimea

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

If you need a luxury property photographed for Real Estate, Vacation Rental or Commercial give me a call.

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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Bull’s Bodyguard


Bull’s Bodyguard

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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Three Pu’u above Waimea

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.

Ethan

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Pololu Valley Dreams


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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Da Green Church (as we say in Waimea)


My home, Waimea, a place I am so proud of…

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On the Edge of Light at Waipio Valley



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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Kohala Mountain Panorama

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.

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