Road trip!

Packed and ready to go!

Have you ever been on the Road to Hana?

68 miles, 59 bridges (of which 46 are only one-lane), 620 curves, and 3 hours each way. What a trip!


Alright, there’s something I have to vent. One of the worst things about using an SLR is that people will not want to take a picture for you! And then when you find someone carrying an SLR, you expect them to be able to take the picture. I explain the viewfinder is right here and this is the shutter button. Which button? That button. Half press will focus, push all the way down to take the picture. Person holds the camera. Person starts twisting the focus ring, how do I zoom? Everything’s already set, just put my face in the middle and push the button halfway to focus, then all the way down. Snap snap. I think I took two pictures. That’s okay, it’s digital.

Person hands the camera back and asks if the pictures are okay. I look and everything’s out of focus. Umm… yeah, it’s perfect, thanks! We pretend to admire the picture, wait for them to leave, then hold the camera at arm’s length and snap our own shot. Next time we gotta remember to bring the point and shoot. Sigh.

I passed these signs several times, and each time it looked funnier and funnier. Don’t ask me why, it just did. Maybe I swallowed too much salt water and I’m going crazy.

One of Maui’s black sand beaches

sun + sand + wind + water = a really happy Jaden

Catching some air

Grandpa time

Grandma time

Bed time

A couple hours later… mommy and daddy drive to see the sunrise at the summit of Haleakala volcano, Maui’s highest point at more than 10,000 feet. Once you reach the summit and see the ocean of clouds below and the stars above, you seriously feel as though you’re on an island in the clouds. It’s hard to believe you’re still in Hawaii up there with the freezing temperatures, high winds, lack of vegetation, and the starkness of it all. Very surreal.

At 4:30am we arrived at the summit to find darkness below us and beautiful stars and a glowing moon above. The shot below was actually a random shot into the darkness. The moon casts a faint glow over the clouds, but other than that, we could barely see the horizon. I found a flashlight and set my camera to f/8, 30 second shutter, ISO 1600, set my focus at the approx hyperfocal distance and let the camera do it’s thing. One of the neatest things about doing long exposures like this is you see things in a different light. Pun intended.

The sun’s finally up, and after we’ve taken pictures for everyone else (your flash is supposed to be ON if you want to be seen in the picture), I setup the tripod and timer for our own shot.

Landscapes and nature is what got me into photography in the first place. It wasn’t the fancy weddings, cute babies, or the latest camera gadgets, but it was the beauty of God’s creation. Having a camera in hand while traveling opened my eyes to the world around me.

High elevations on the Haleakala volcano is home to little life because of the low nutrient soil and harsh environment. The silversword is a rare endemic plant to the summit that endures 5-20 years before flowering once before it dies. The silversword is a very fragile plant with shallow roots, and grazing by goats and cattle has been threatening the existence of these plants for decades.

On the other side of the summit is the crater of the Haleakala volcano, which looks a lot like a martian landscape. Barren, lifeless rock and dusty red cinder cones expand as far as the eye can see.

On our way back to the condo, we stopped at a local bakery to pick up some breakfast. If you thought King’s Hawaiian is good, you haven’t tried authentic Hawaiian bread!


Those pictures are unbelievable!

love the bird shot! did you use tra2 on it?

Hey Serena!

Yep, the bird shot’s texture was a tra2 action! I don’t save the psd’s on my personal stuff so I don’t remember if I used any actions to desaturate the color, but the texture is probably dirty bird because the thing’s mooning me.


love jadens pics !