Just a followup report for our trip...we did the cruise up the west coast, drove up Waimea Canyon, drove all the way up the west coast and all the way around the east cost and along to the north till just about the end. My wife & daughter did a doors off chopper trip (seems I was above the weight limit for the little helicopter :~(
Got some nice shots and snaps...I've uploaded some to my web site here: Kauai Gallery
My fave was this shot of Spouting Horn...
I will say we saw a lot of rainbows because, well, there was a lot of rain! Typical in Dec I've learned–but the weather there beat the heck out of the whether back here in Chicago...We stayed at a house in Poipu which had nice weather each day but a frustrating habit of loosing a lot of clouds just at sunset. We went on the Kauai Photo Tours
day long solo trip and had a lot of fun with out guide Matt.
The Na'Pali Coast was beautiful...but generally shrouded with clouds. The cruise up was interesting and we saw whales, dolphins and a couple of turtles...got kinda wet. The cruise back was really, really wet! Here's a 6 shot stitch...
I even did some underwater shots at Poipu beach (with a cheap camera condom–which didn't leak!!!)
I got a real kick out of the Holiday decorations like this surfer Santa...
The weirdest thing was the camouflaged cell phone towers all over the island...I mean, did they really think they just blended in? The looked like really bad Christmas trees...
This was the last sunset from the house...a bit of HDR blending work.
All in all, a great trip...since the trip was a vacation present for the family, I didn't take the big Phase One/IQ 180. I took a Rebel 3Ti and three lenses and a small tripod. My daughter also had her Rebel and we swapped out lenses. She had her own tripod. She got some great shots too.
But I would definitely love to go back–particularly with better weather. I would also think Kauai would make a great location for a PODAS event...I'll mention it to Kevin.
So, Mahalo for all the info and suggestions!
Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou
(Happy New Year)