As I said in my previous post, I wasn’t expecting to take night cityscape photographs on my trip to Hawaii. But then I did!
Here’s a second night-time cityscape from Waikiki. This one is from a little earlier in the evening so I’m still getting a little of that “blue hour” sky. I only shot these night cityscapes on one night while we were in Oahu. Since I wasn’t expecting to shoot them, I didn’t plan ahead so it’s only by luck that I managed to catch part of the blue hour sky.
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When I went to Hawaii, I went expecting to take mostly landscape photographs with maybe a few cultural-type photos of people and events. It didn’t occur to me at all that I might be taking night photographs of any type and especially cityscapes.
Oahu Island is very developed. It’s very much a big city. I guess I hadn’t thought about that when leaving for Hawaii but when I got there I realized there was a real opportunity to shoot some unusual cityscapes. It’s not often you can shoot a big city and a beautiful beach in the same exposure.
Anyway, if you follow my photography you know that night photography is something of a specialty of mine. I took this photograph on the beach at Waikiki near the famous Duke’s restaurant. It was a bit of a challenge to get an image that captured the amazing blue-green color of the ocean while also properly exposing for the city lights. I think this photo balances the two very well.
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I was focused intently on shooting La Jolla and almost forgot to look around me as the sun was setting. In spite of my fixation I glanced around at one point and noticed this view of the sun setting over the ocean. The colors were intense, the light perfect and the sillhouetting tree branches added drama and foreground interest.
For a minute I debated moving the camera because I had it dialed in nicely for the beach overlook shot. Then I remmebered another lesson I have learned over the years: you don’t regret the shots you take, only the ones you don’t.
So I lined up to shoot this image and it’s a good thing I did. I love this shot. The conditions only lasted 30 or 40 seconds so if I had dithered for even a minute I would have missed it.
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