hdr sunset

wpid618-20090701-8551_hdr-Edit.jpgThis is the first time that I have tried to do a HDR on a sunset scene. The light is changing so fast in this situation I didn’t know what to expect. Still, I like experimenting and so I gave it a try. I worked as fast as I could to get the shots (8 images in all – each 1 stop apart – were required to cover the extreme contrast range between the setting sun and the rocks in the foreground). At the time I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but I like the result.

This was shot at a small beach in Maui where we have just spent 10 days of vacation. Just above and to the right of this scene is a deck where we would sit in the evening, eat our freshly BBQued meal and enjoy the sun setting behind Molokai (which you can see in the distance).

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milky way over mauna kea

The Astronomy Picture of the Day today shows an amazing astrophotograph of the Milky Way as seen from Haleakala on Maui. You can see our Galaxy arching triumphantly over Mauna Kea.

Also, note the tremendous amount of light pollution from Kailua, and the distant glows behind MK – Waimea and Hilo?