This photo was taken early one morning in Hawaii. It was one of my last days there, and I knew from before I had even arrived that I wanted to shoot in this area. It’s called the Valley of the Temples, and it’s an amazingly beautiful area near Kaneohe, on Oahu. I had been there often before, but this time I was bringing my camera… Well, I arrived shortly after sunrise, having spent the sunrise time watching and shooting the filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean: 3” (which I have posted an image of, and will post another one soon). When I arrived at this valley, which is also a large cemetery, my main plan got derailed. I was really hoping to shoot at the Buddhist temple in the valley, but it was not open for several more hours. I tried my best to charm the local guy manning the gate, and he reluctantly allowed me into the main cemetery area to shoot some there. I was told that if I was a professional photographer, I would have to pay extra anyways to take photos at the temple (alert! to anyone who tries to go there with a nice camera and tripod).
So these sheer hillsides and the morning fog really called to me, and I set up for several fun shots. This one was one of my favorite, as I rarely have the patience to wait for a great image… but this one was worth it. I saw the sunline creeping down the branches and knew that I could wait just a few minutes and catch the first open flower in the morning light if I just sat… I waited and was rewarded with this.
Post processing was basically just cleaning up the image a bit, lightening the browns in the undersides of the leaves and making sure that you could see as much mountain as possible through the fog.
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