Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I wanted to take the Camera Gear Lackey on a trip, just for us, prior to leaving again for Alaska. We found a decent priced package to the Big Island. After traveling there twice before, we knew exactly where to stay and go. We stayed in Kona. Since this was not a photo trip, I did not concentrate on photography. The green sea turtles images above and below were taken in the waters adjacent to our hotel.
Since I knew we were planning on snorkeling most days, I purchased an underwater housing for my point and shoot Canon S90 camera before leaving.
Taking the turtle images above and the below fish photos underwater was a new photography challenge. After 2 underwater trips, I figured out the best settings (TV; ISO 400; 1/1000; underwater white balance). Having a real flash sure would have helped. Seeing these fish was awesome, let alone photographing them.
Moorish Idol (yellow & black) and a Threadfin Butterfly Fish
The below birds would visit the feeders put out by our hotel.
Mongoose are found all over the island. Found these guys in a garden area adjacent to the hotel.
Gold Dust Day Geckos could also be found in the hotel garden area.
Also was able to get my park fix in. We took a day trip to Hawaii Volcano National Park. The lava was not flowing like we had seen in the past. A smoking volcano can be seen in background of the below image.
On one of our trips we had to stop and capture some shots of the surfers. The waves were good size and the water color was amazing.
Swear I am the luckiest guy in the world to be able to travel and see so much. Blue Skies.