Thursday, October 10, 2013

Napali Coast #1

The island of Kauai in Hawaii has some of the most spectacular views in the world.  One of the most fantastic is the Napali Coast on the northwest side and the best way to see it is from the air.  We took a helicopter tour of the island with Jack Harter Helicopters and it was awesome!  They have choppers that will take you up with the doors off!  It's perfect for photographers.  And the Hughes 500 model helicopters they have are so smooth that it's like riding in a car through the air. Well, I thought so.  Eileen just wanted the trip to be over, but afterward I think she was glad we did it.

Anyway, both of us sat up front with the pilot.  The pilot was on the left, Eileen in the middle and I on the right.  I was so close to the opening of the chopper that when we flew through the rain, my arm would get wet and then immediately dry as soon as we flew out of it.  It was great because there were no windows to glare into the photo.  The photo here is what our pilot, Ben Silver called the "postcard shot".  I hope it's worthy of a postcard but you know you really don't have much time to shoot as you are flying through the air.  Especially since there are others on the flight that want to shoot the same thing from the other side of the aircraft.

So, Kauai is probably the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain.  It was formed by an old extinct volcano, Waimea I think, and subsequently formed all of these great canyons and nooks and crannies in the countryside due to all of the rain that falls there.  Kauai has the wettest climate on the planet where portions at the highest elevations can get anywhere from 450 - 700 inches of rain per year!  All of that water can do lots of things to mountains and that's why you see all of these beautiful formations here.

If you ever get a chance to visit, do the helicopter and you won't be sorry!

Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Exposure -  0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture - f/8.0
Focal Length - 35 mm
ISO Speed - 200
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Flash - No Flash
Exposure Program - Program AE
Lens Model - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0

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