A tripod is a must, along with a cable release. Your hands get so cold, its hard not to shake the camera! Also a head lamp comes in handy to see your camera setting in the dark. It gets dark pretty fast here on maui.
|Above the clouds, sunset at the top of Haleakala.|
|The moon over the observatory.|
|My friend Angela took this shot of me taking pictures.|
Camping consisted of the back of my car, a sleeping bag, a log for the marshmallows and warm clothing.
Oh and maybe a little tequila to keep warmer. This was my first overnight excursion in my car and learned a few things such as: don't park at an angle! My sleeping bag and mattress were both nylon making me on a slippery slope! Mummy bags are not that great! Although I was plenty warm. I think I slept just enough to have a strange dream about strange people wanting to harm me. Must be because I kept the back doors open.
The alarm went off at 4:45am, although I was already awake! There seemed to be a steady stream of cars that drives up around 3 or 4 am to get to the top and grab a good spot to watch from. It wasn't as cold as I thought it would be, but the fingerless gloves I bought at Ross the day before came in really handy.
There were some pretty spectacular views from the look out.
|Sunrise, looking towards the Big Island of Hawaii.|
|House of the rising sun.|
|As the sun rose, lighting up the valley below.|
I used a little HDR processing on some of these to get all the detail my eyes saw.
|A black and white conversion.|
|Morning light hitting the shrub where I was standing.|
|It was cold up there!|
|Some of the people in our group minus Angela who was taking the picture.|