Travel Photography: Maui
Before we travel, I try to plan out the locations I’d like to shoot, but that usually doesn’t always happen.
If you are lucky enough to spend multiple days in a single location, lots of pre-trip photo planning isn’t necessary. More days gives you plenty of time to see the sights and shoot your images later. This tactic only works if you have several days in one area and you have the opportunity to revisit locations. Otherwise, you may have to better manage your time to get the images you want. Lucky for me, Maui isn’t very big, so I could easily revisit many of the locations later.
This sunset was shot on the second day of the trip, only a few feet from where we stayed. We hadn’t gone too far yet but I really wanted to shoot some images. I wandered onto the golf course and shot a couple different compositions with the palm trees.
I was really hoping to shoot some astrophotography, especially from a higher elevation which would be free from any light pollution. But during our time in Maui, there was a very bright full moon that wouldn’t set well into the day time. At least that helped me eliminate one, fairly heavy lens from my travel kit. On the other hand, there was a special “super blood wolf moon” that I was able to shoot. Luckily, we had clear skies on the night of the eclipse and I managed to get a few shots of the moon. Because I failed to plan well enough, I missed the first half of the eclipse because the moon was hidden behind the volcano to the east.
When you travel to a destination that has different wildlife, you have to take advantage. Geckos were fairly active around our condo, especially at night. I didn’t have to go far to get a few good shots of these little guys. They would go to and from the bushes right next to the lanai. They were quick and fairly skittish so patience was key. Any movement would send them back into the safety of the trees.
The Cattle Egret is a common bird to see on the island and can be found pretty much every where. They follow anything or anyone that might stir up any insects they could eat. One Egret even followed us for about 5 min as we walked along a sidewalk. There were plenty of opportunities to photograph these birds.
This sunset was shot a few days into the trip. I found a few pieces of washed up wood laying on the beach and took note of the location. I headed back there the next day to catch the sunset. From the west side of Maui, you can see the sun set directly behind the neighboring island of Lanai. I shot a few different compositions from this location. I also used a 6 stop neutral density filter to allow me to use a slower shutter. I will have more about filters in a future post.