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

On Assignment at the McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis Texas

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This past November 2014 the University of Texas at Austin/McDonald Observatory hired me to photograph their 3 telescopes in Fort Davis Texas.

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!

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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

Finally Got Some Snow!




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.

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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Crazy Thanksgiving Sunset

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!

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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House of a Lifetime


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.

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Aloha,

Ethan

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The 7 Image Mauna Kea Panorama

This image of the summit of Mauna Kea taken August 4th 2011 was created by taking 7 pictures and then stitching them together.

I hope you enjoy.

Ethan

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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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Mauna Kea Snow June 2011!!




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!!!

In All Her Grandeur: Mauna Kea Panorama (PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE)

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!!