Welcome To Hawaii: Timelapses and Giggles

I got a new tripod for Christmas. And I already had an iPhone 6 Plus in my pocket. Then, Joel went on winter break from medical school. Then, Ryan decided to visit from Boston. Time to make a video!

You early Exploration: Hawaii readers might vaguely recall that I used to post a bunch of timelapse stuff back in the day. And then I stopped. I’m back. The iPhone 6 made it fun again. Did I mention that I shot this completely with an iPhone 6 Plus? Oh, I also picked up a remote for my DSLR and some other interesting gear. Can’t wait to do some fun time-lapse stuff with that soon, too!

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Hawaii Volcanoes by QT Luong

A few months ago, I stumbled upon Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The six-part documentary takes a close look at how the idea of national parks came to be. The influence of people like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Stephen Mather, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is felt so powerfully through the photos and narration. One of the men featured in the documentary is QT Luong. In 1993, Luong learned how to shoot photographs with a large format camera. By 2002, Luong had the distinction of photographing, in large format, each of the 58 National Parks. Below is a video that Luong put together from a recent visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Haleakala: House of the Sun by Dan Douglas

In a few days, the Exploration: Hawaii crew, plus a few friends, will be backpacking into Haleakala Crater. I’m so pumped! And this video, shot by videographer Dan Douglas of Plug Video Productions, is making me even more excited.

On a recent trip to Maui, I had the opportunity to visit the world’s largest dormant volcano – Haleakala. The size of this volcano is massive – Manhattan could fit inside. I’m still in shock at how awesome this place is. Arriving before sunrise, I placed a few cameras out in hopes to capture what people refer to as, “The most beautiful sunrise in the world.”

People gather from around the globe to witness this kaleidoscope of shifting colors – known as the “House of the Sun”. My hope is to give you a small glimpse of the energy, excitement and elegance this natural marvel brings.

During my 4 hours of shooting, I captured more than 5,000 images from 4 cameras setup on different motion control systems. I want to thank Jeremy Canterbury from RevolveCamera.com for providing some of the cool new technology that allowed me to capture some of these moving shots. Revolve allows a fast, quick way to setup moving track shots.

Pretty amazing stuff.

Hawaii Super Moon 2012

Last night, moon gazers and photographers were out in full force to catch a glimpse of super moon 2012. According to NASA, the super moon hit at exactly 8:34 p.m. Pacific time, meaning that at this moment the moon reached its “closest point to Earth in its elliptical pattern” and lined up with both the Earth and the sun “to become gloriously full.” Anthony Cook, astronomical observer at L.A.’s Griffith Observatory, also noted that the moon would be 30% brighter than usual.

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