On the last Saturday of 2013, Joel and I decided to hike down to Kaena Point. For details about Kaena Point, do check out this post here (from the west) and this post here (from the north). Besides just taking macro photography, we also decided to do some seal spotting. The best place to do so? Kaena Point, of course. Below you will find a few photos that we took of Monachus schauinslandi, better known as the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
I recently got my hands on the new Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens, designed specifically for the iPhone 5 and 5s. I decided to head out to Kaena Point, the westernmost location on the island of Oahu, to test out the new gadget. The clip-on device features three levels of magnification, 7X, 14X, and 21X. For the shots below, I used either 14X of 21X lens. To use the 7X lens, you simply unscrew the 14X lens on top of it. For a device that retails at $69.95, I was rather impressed by the results. In comparison, a good macro lens for a DSLR could set you back hundreds of dollars. If you want to get your feet wet in macro photography, then the Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 is a great place to start.
Shooting the sunset on the first day of the new year has become somewhat of a tradition. The tradition has been around for almost as long as Exploration: Hawaii has been online. In 2012, Joel, Ryan, and I went to world famous Waimea Bay to watch the waves and the surfers riding them. In 2013, Michelle and I drove out to Waianae. Heavy rains kept us away from Kaena Point, but, we did find an empty beach just on the side of Farrington Highway. This year, we decided to end the first day of the new year at Ko Olina’s Lagoon 1, located just next to the JW Marriot Ihilani Resort and Spa. The first sunset of 2014 was a wonderful sight. Here’s to hoping that everyone has a prosperous year filled with adventure and exploration.