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Sunita McGrath

Visiting Hawaii soon ... any tips?

I will be traveling to Kauai, Hawaii soon, as was wondering if anyone had any tips to keep in mind? I would appreciate anything - from particular sites to be sure not to miss, to filter use, to lighting effects in such a bright location ... I have a Nikon D40 with the kit lens and one telephoto lens. I'm just learning to use the settings (taking one of the beginner courses with Jim Zuckerman), so please keep in mind that I'm a newbie!


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1/21/2007 6:41:12 PM

Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  polarizer for sure

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1/22/2007 3:14:15 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  Ive been there once and everywhere is beautiful to shoot. Its really bright though which makes it only possible to shoot 1hr in the early morning and 1 hour in the evening. Even with a polarizer you could have trouble between 8am - 5pm. You have to be patient and wait for a cloud in this time zone. Unless of coarse you don't mind losing detail in your shadows or highlights. The best way to get around this is HDR and a tripod, but if your subject is moving (ocean, trees, hair, etc..) which it almost everyday does because of the non-stop wind, it might not look so good.

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1/22/2007 3:23:26 AM

John P. Sandstedt
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  Kauai is where the Grand Canyon of the Pacific can be seen at Kokee State Park. Also,take in the Kilauea Lighthouse. Then, if you can afford it, take a helicopter tour around the island. Or, tryt to take a boat ride around the siuthern shore to see the location where South PAcific was shot [and the mountain that was the "basis for the Bali Hai."]

Then, go to Maui to take the bicycle ride down Mt. Haleakala after shhoting sunrise at the top of this extinct volcano. If you can take only one tour in the Hawaiian Islands, this is the one to take.

Go to the big island, especially since you'll be going in the "winter" months - December, January, February. That's when the BIG WAVES awaited by surfers come ashore. If you're there at night, check out the eruptions at Volcanoes NAtional Park.

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1/22/2007 5:19:40 AM

Adrian M. Benson   I haven't been to Kauai only Oahu, but for gear bring your polarizer, ND's and split ND's for sure and a tripod. The neutral density filters will solve most of your problems with the bright light.

If you're going to be shooting near the water and beaches (and of course you will be, otherwise why go to Hawaii?) make sure to bring something to protect your camera from salt and sand spray. May not be a huge problem, but it's best to be prepared.

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1/22/2007 9:07:48 AM

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