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.

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.


Latest Luxury Real Estate Photoshoot


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.

To see more images of this property at Kukio Golf and Beach Club please got to listing agent Harold Clarke’s website Luxury Big Island.

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.


Model Home Photography for Kamilo at Mauna Lani Resort


Model Homes at Kamilo at the Mauna Lani Resort

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.


On Assignment at the McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis Texas

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!

Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in photography for Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts, Contractors, Astronomical Observatories and Aerial Photography.

Hawaiian Winter Blizzard of 2015

Mauna_Kea_Snow_2015On 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!



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

Living at Hualalai Cover Shot

My image is featured on the cover of the latest Living at Hualalai!  If you are down at the resort or staying at the Four Seasons Hualalai pick up a copy!



“Moonbow Waimea” Featured in Hana Hou Magazine


“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!!!





















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!!!



700 Million Dollars in Real Estate Photographed


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.





Interior Design Photography

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.






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

The Snowman Time-lapse – Big Island, 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!

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

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.

Call today for a quote 808-938-4665

2013 Photography For Real Estate’s Photographer of the Year

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,



Fiji 10-Acre Luxury Island Estate on the Private Island of Wakaya

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!




Kukio Resort Lot 29 Luxury Real Estate Video

If you are interested in video for property marketing give me a call!



Kukio 29 V2 from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

Kukio Resort-Cottage 31

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!







Kukio Resort Cottage 31 from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

Cottage 1 at Kukio


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:

Offered at $5,995,000 Furnished

“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.


Ethan Tweedie Photography – Hawaii Luxury Architectural – Vacation Rental – Real Estate Photography


Hualalai Resort Luxury Property, Hale Ku Mana

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.




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.