Basking in the Sun on Maui

Sun worshipers relish the warmth of the beach on Maui.
Sun worshipers relish the warmth of the beach on Maui.

When the temperatures are below freezing and you’re surrounded by snow and ice, time to head out to the beautiful island of Maui. Soft breezes, warm temperatures, golden sand beaches and aquamarine water seek to embrace you! You’ll find that beaches are less crowded to the North of Lahaina. The beach pictured is near Napili Kai Resort.

Big Island–Big Volcano

Mt. Kilauea Eruption
Kilauea Eruption

One of the best ways to take dramatic photos of  the continually active Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is to go on a twilight tour of the Hawaii National Volcanoes National Park with the tour company, Hawaii Forest & Trail (808-331-8505). Their expert guides take you up close and personal to allow you to see the orange glow of lava on Kilauea.

To capture the drama and intensity of the nightly volcanic eruptions, use your tripod and set  your camera on manual to control your aperature and shutter speed. I shot this photo with my  Canon 7D at 100  ISO and  used my 100-400 mm lens to pull in the details. My aperture worked best at F9  with a slow shutter speed at 30 seconds. I also used a cable release which helps immensely when doing night shots.